Monthly Archives: December 2013

Training for personnel of Search and Rescue Operations Service to Ensure Flights held at Fergana Airport

Special training/teachings were held by the Search and Rescue Operations
Service to Ensure Flights (SROSEF) at Ferghana
, Uzbekistan
the Uzbekistan Airways Press Service reported.

In particular, within the teachings, the SROSEF employees were trained to
correctly apply the rules of conduct in emergency situations. “At the event,
one considered the rules for the use of modern means of fire. Special exercises
were also held to check the status of firefighting equipment at civil aviation objects,
serviceability of the fire alarm system and fire hydrants’ operability”, the
Air Company told.

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Dushanbe International Airport – snow did not affect the flight schedule

Heavy snowfall did not affect the flight schedule at Dushanbe International Airport.

Mahmadyusuf Shodiev, Spokesperson, Dushanbe International Airport,
reported to the Asia Plus News Agency, Tajikistan, the airport receives
and sends planes according to the flight schedule.

“There is no fog and this is the main thing, and snow is not an obstacle
for flying”, Mr. Shodiev said.

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Tajik Air to resume regular flights to Vanj, Tajikistan

The state airline, intends to operate its regular flights en route Dushanbe – Vanj – Dushanbein 2014.

Lola Kendzhaeva, Spokesperson, Tajik Air, reported to the Avesta News
Agency, Tajikistan,
the flights to this high mountainous region will be operated weekly, on Mondays.

According to the Spokesperson, the air ticket will cost US $70. The
first flight to Vanj is scheduled for January 6, 2014.

“Before making a decision to resume flights to Vanj, a special
commission consisted of representatives of Tajik Air, the Ministry of Transport
and other responsible agencies checked the readiness of the airport in Vanj to
receive aircraft”, Mrs. Kendzhaeva told.

According to her, the flights on the Dushanbe – Vanj air route will be operated by
AN-28 aircraft.

Mrs. Kendzhaeva recalled that flights to Vanj were suspended in 1997 due
to lack of passengers.

“One also addresses the issue to resume flights on some other domestic
airlines”, the Tajik Air’s Spokesperson concluded.

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Flight Bishkek – Naryn was not developed due to lack of demand – Ministry of Transport

The Bishkek – Naryn domestic flight was not developed due to lack of
demand, Maksatbek Dyikanov, State Secretary of the Ministry of Transport and
Communications, said live for PTRC (Public Television and Radio Channel) on December
26, 2013.

According to him, the air route to Naryn was worked out and the first
flight was even operated. But later, no any single air ticket has been sold.
Due to lack of payback, this destination was closed.

Mr. Dyykanov believes that we should focus not only on the outside tourists
when renovating airports in the Issyk-Kul Region, but also domestic tourists
when improving infrastructure of regional airports. Thus, according to the State
Secretary, one of the local airlines expects to get a plane that will fly en
route Bishkek – Batken. The Ministry of Transport expects reduction of airfares
on this air route.

As regards lower prices for air tickets on the Bishkek – Osh air route, Mr. Dyykanov
said that this reduction was due to increased competition.

He expressed the hope that the price will be held, and warned that the
sooner you buy an air ticket, the cheaper it will be for you.

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Tajikistan, France discussed projects related with civil aviation

Yesterday, Tajikistanand France discussed joint
projects in the air transport sector in Dushanbe.

The Tajik Ministry of Transport reported to the Avesta News Agency, during
this meeting, representatives of the Tajik Ministry of Transport and French
diplomats discussed the implementation of ongoing infrastructure projects, as
well as the issues related to air traffic between the two countries.

According to the source, the focus has been made to the progress of the
project related with building a new air terminal at Dushanbe International Airport, as well as
financing the construction of the flight control tower.

“According to earlier achieved agreements, the French specialists will build
a 36-meter high flight control tower at Dushanbe International Airport”, the source

According to the Ministry of Transport, the project was designed by
French specialists. For its implementation, one will require EUR 3.5 million.
It will be implemented by the French side on a grant basis. Currently, the
draft agreement has been designed and sent to be explored by the French side.

We remind herein the Vinci Company,  France, is being implemented its project to
build a modern air terminal at Dushanbe International Airport.

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An-12 aircraft crashed in Irkutsk Region, Russia, the entire crew was killed

On Thursday, an AN-12 plane crashed near Irkutsk, Russia.
The crew of this aircraft crashed while landing at the Irkutsk-2 Airport consisted of six people, a source in the emergency services of the  Irkutsk Region, Russia,
reported to Interfax News Agency, Russia.

“There were six people (crew members only) onboard. The aircraft was in the
cargo version. Probably, all of them are dead”, he reported to the News Agency.

The crashed plane belonged to the Irkutsk Aircraft Plant, a source
familiar with the situation informed Interfax.

Another source clarified, “This is a plane that does not belong to the
civil aviation, this is an experimental aircraft, which is supervised by the
Ministry of Industry and Trade”.

In turn, the Press Service of the East Siberian Investigation Department
of Transport said they presently try to identify what was the crashed aircraft,
a military or civil one.

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Astana International Airport JSC publishes results of its activity for 11 months of 2013

The Astana International Airportis one of the most dynamically developing airports of Kazakhstan and
CIS. The annual handled flights, passengers and cargo are increased by 13% in

Overall, as regards the Jan-Nov 2013 period, the capital city’s airport has
handled 2,308,425 passengers. In particular, 1,424,451 people have been handled
on domestic flights for the considering period. For the corresponding period in
2012, the airport had handled 1,296,684 passengers. So, the passenger air traffic
on domestic air routes has been increased by 10%.

As regards international air routes, 873,879 people have been handled
for 11 months of 2013. Incomparison with the last year, the passenger air traffic (710,494 passengers)
on international routes has been increased by 22.9%. The increase of passenger
flow is 15% in 2013 incomparison with the same period of 2012.

For the Jan-Nov 2013 period, the capital city’s  airport has handled 18,509 flights and this is
more  by 16% than in 2012 (15,888 flights).

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Wages for Civil Aviation employees increased in Kazakhstan

Askar Zhumagaliyev, Minister of Transport and Communications of
Kazakhstan, reported that  wages for the inspectors
working with the Civil Aviation Committee have been increased this year.

“If we talk about civil aviation, then all the forces were sent this
year to eliminate the audit observations of the International Civil Aviation
Organization (ICAO) and improve safety”, Mr. Zhumagaliyev said at a briefing in
the Central Communications Service Office under the Kazakh President.

According to him, in January 2013, the ICAO experts were invited, who introduced
80 amendments to the legislation of Kazakhstan, as well as one recertified
aircraft and airlines. “As you know, the  Decree of the President has increased the wages
for the inspectors working with the Civil Aviation Committee. This gave us the
opportunity to complement the Committee with qualified personnel”, the Minister
of Transport and Communications added.

Lots of work has been done to improve the infrastructure of airports. In
2013, one completed the reconstruction of airports in Kokshetau and runways at
airports in Shymkent and Taraz. “This allowed them to accept modern aircraft”, the
Minister clarified.

Also, 15 new air routes were launched this year and one approved new
rules for admission airlines to operate regular domestic commercial air traffic,
organizing air services for passengers at airports, one created/formed a single
operator to manage the airports and an ICAO Sub-Regional Safety Training Center,
the only one in Central Asia.

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Causes of Challenger -200 air crash near Almaty to be announced in early 2014

The results of the investigation related with the air crash of
Challenger-200 near Almaty, Kazakhstan, will be announced in early 2014, Bakytzshan
Sagintaev, Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, announced to

“At the very beginning, we attracted specialists from the manufacturing
plant in Canada, some people
from the United States,
and the International Aviation Committee (IAC). We are just starting to receive
data on a forensic examination. This is a very difficult job. I think, upon
completion of all work at the beginning of next year, the experts who work
within the Ministry of Transport and Communications, will make their official
statement”, Mr. Sagintaev said at a briefing in the Central Communications
Service Office under the President of Kazakhstan.

He added that he understood the victims’ relatives, who would like to
already have the certainty to know the cause of this incident.

“Therefore, we specifically take the time to give a clear answer. We
understand that this was not an easy crash, it belongs to the category of very
complex air crashes. Initially, all the information has been issued and
communicated to the public. We will report, as regards the concrete decision
and the results of the completion of this investigation at the beginning of the
year”, the First Deputy Prime Minister said.

We remind herein that the Challenger-200 plane belonged to the SCAT
Airlines, Kazakhstan,
crashed near Almaty in January 2013, near the Kyzyltu village. Weather
conditions were named as the basic version of this air crash. As a result of
this air crash, 21 people were killed.

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Flight cancellation causes scandal in Atyrau airport

Flight cancellation caused a scandal in Atyrau airport, western Kazakhstan.
The passengers had been waiting airplane for over nine hours, Ak Zhayyқ website

According to the publication, about thirty passengers of the flight #Z92106
en route Atyrau – Almaty operated by Beck Air Airline, Kazakhstan, arrived for check-in at
Atyrau airport on Dec. 25, 2013. Due to a flight cancellation, they had been kept
in the terminal building without food or drink for several hours. Without
waiting for departure, they left to the city, or flew to Almaty by the flight  operated by Air Astana.

“I came in advance, at 11:00am, local time, as the departure was
scheduled for 13:45. But we were told that the aircraft was faulty. Logically,
we should have had to put on another plane. Instead, we have been sitting for
nine hours in the airport building. An Airline representative came and only
signed air tickets, saying that we can return them at the places of sale”, the
passenger Murat Kuandikov told.

At approximately 16:00, they announced long-awaited check-in. People
moved to the lounge but then they returned back with nothing. The flight
cancellation entailed outrage by passengers who made copies of their air tickets
and decided, upon arrival in Almaty, to lodge a complaint with the competent
authorities. After the flight cancellation, most of the passengers purchased air
tickets for the evening flight to the southern capital of Kazakhstan operated
by Air Astana.

Zhetkenshek Bekbulaev, official representative, Beck Air, commented the
situation as follows: “The Fokker-100 aircraft was scheduled to fly on the Almaty
– Astana – Uralsk– Atyrau – Almaty air route. But the airport in Uralsk was closed due to bad weather, so the
plane landed in Atyrau. Once the airport in Uralsk was opened, it flew there. In Uralsk, they detected some
malfunctions of the plane so there was a flight cancellation. This can happen
with an aircraft of any airline. 54 tickets were sold on this flight. Currently,
three passengers have been settled in a hotel. I delivered some food at the
airport, but I did not find any passengers. We sent newsletter to all air
agencies to refund the money for the sold air tickets in full”, he noted.

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