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Looking at getting back to London from Ulaanbaatar (Ulan Bator), Mongolia in mid August, and trying to reduce the price. What airlines or crazy routes might exist?

Currently have found Aeroflot, Mongolian Airlines, Korean Air, and Air China - although obviously some of those are flying in the wrong direction. Aeroflot seems to have the best price most days, although I can't find a supposed ULN to Berlin Mongolian Airlines flight...

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For example, just found Air China to Bangkok, and then Jet Airways to London. It's slow but quite comparable price-wise. Price is the biggest factor for me here. –  Mark Mayo Jul 20 '11 at 7:51
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I've become a huge fan of Korean Air. I always seem to get a seat at a very good price even when booking very late. Plus the service is excellent. Air China will probably be a few dollars cheaper though. As for the others I don't know what kind of glue they stick the wings on with (-; –  hippietrail Jul 20 '11 at 8:26
    
And then would you believe, Aeroflot go and drop their prices 10%. Booked! Thanks :) –  Mark Mayo Jul 22 '11 at 15:21
    
You might have some luck offering a bounty on FlightFox. –  user82 Aug 24 '12 at 21:23

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Wikipedia is a great source for these type of questions, I always use it as a primary source to find which airlines fly to a specific destination. This enables me to narrow the search for an interesting fare.

To answer this question I have entered "Wikipedia Ulaanbaatar Airport" in Google and I was directed to this Wikipedia entry:

  • Aero Mongolia: Altai, Bayankhongor, Choibalsan, Donoi, Hohhot, Hovd, Irkutsk, Ölgii, Oyutolgoi, Ovoot, Ulaangom, Urumqi
  • Aeroflot: Moscow-Sheremetyevo
  • Air China: Beijing-Capital
  • Eznis Airways: Bayankhongor, Choibalsan, Dalanzadgad, Khovd, Khuvsgul,Ulaangom, Bayan Ulgii, Zavkhan, Oyutolgoi, Ovoot, Hailaar, Ulan-Ude
  • Korean Air: Seoul-Incheon
  • MIAT Mongolian Airlines: Beijing-Capital, Berlin-Tegel, Hong Kong, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Seoul-Incheon, Tokyo-Narita Seasonal Osaka-Kansai, Tokyo-Haneda
  • Tianjin Airlines: Hohhot, Tianjin
  • Ural Airlines: Yekaterinburg, Sanya
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As of 2013, Turkish Airlines started flying to Ulan Bator directly from Istanbul, or on some days via Bishkek. Depending on the exact days of travel, that might be the cheapest connection from Europe.

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Hi and welcome. Care to provide some references for your claims? –  JoErNanO Dec 15 at 11:47
    
Sure, I generally use momondo for finding the most suitable connections, it works really well for Helsinki. For example I tried 12-19 February: momondo.com/flightsearch/… It says 595 euro from Helsinki to Mongolia and back with Turkish Airlines, and the cheapest tickets with any other airlines cost 811 euro on the same days. –  Cem Altel Dec 15 at 15:10

According my search, the Aeroflot has the cheapest price (near $900) for this trip, with 1 stop in Sheremetyevo (SVO):

And I didn't find any flights in mid August for Air China.

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Just found Air China to PEK for $222 on 14th, then $611 Uzbek air to LON on the 16th. Total $833. Really roundabout way, but I do love flying...still looking ;) –  Mark Mayo Jul 20 '11 at 8:25
    
@Mark Mayo What site and what date? –  VMAtm Jul 20 '11 at 8:27
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Curses, you need a Chinese visa for more than 12 hours of transit... –  Mark Mayo Jul 20 '11 at 8:38
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-1 since the answer will not be valid in a month. –  andra Jul 20 '11 at 11:06
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@Andra Did you read the question? We are searching for mid August, not just the list of companies. –  VMAtm Jul 20 '11 at 11:25

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