Uzbekistan to transfer airport in private hands for the first time

Uzbekistan intends to withdraw the airport in Karshi from Uzbekistan Airways’ ownership and transfer it to the management of a specialized company, Sputnik Uzbekistan reports.

This is stipulated by the decree of the President of Uzbekistan.

The President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev instructed Uzbekistan Airways together with the State Inspectorate for Flight Safety Supervision and the Governor’s Office of the Kashkadarya Region to develop a promising Concept by July 1, 2018 for the development of the Karshi International Airport.

The document should provide for not only its transfer to a specialized company for the management of international airports, but also to introduce an “open skies” mode at this airport, including the use of low-cost airlines. The Open Skies Treaty, the multilateral international treaty, was signed in Helsinki, Finland, on  March 24, 1992 by representatives of the 23 member states of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The Treaty establishes an open skies mode, the purpose of which is to provide an opportunity for its participants to fly around each other’s territories.

According to experts, this will be the first step to address the high cost of air tickets.

The airport terminal building in Karshi was reconstructed in 2006. It is equipped with the necessary equipment for high-quality passenger service. The terminal’s carrying capacity is 200 people per hour. The building has two sectors of departure for domestic and international airlines, as well as the arrival hall.

The runway meets international requirements and is capable of taking aircraft with a maximum take-off weight of up to 180 metric tons. The airfield has the ability to serve 20 sorties and landings every day.

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