Tajik Air may resume its flights this summer

Ikrom Subkhonzoda, CEO, Civil Aviation Agency under the Government of Tajikistan, said at a roundtable aimed to develop the civil aviation sector in Central Asia held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on May 13, 2019 that perhaps Tajik Air along with the private Somon Air would be engaged in transporting pilgrims during Hajj this year.

The first pilgrims will travel to Muslim holy places at the end of July this year.

Ikromzoda noted that Tajik Air was currently in maintenance and inspection of its fleet.

Recall, Tajik Air suspended its flights earlier this year due to financial difficulties.

The round table was attended by representatives of a number of airlines and civil aviation departments of Central Asia.

During the event, problems that hinder the development of the civil aviation sector in the region, as well as issues of airline collaboration were discussed.

Recall that in early January, Tajik Air ceased flight operations to all its destinations. Tajik Air operated its flights to 13 cities, namely to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Surgut, Bishkek, Almaty, Samarkand, Khujand and others.

Then it was reported that Tajik Air’s flights were canceled to all destinations. Until the end of the autumn-winter period, Somon Air received an official assignment to transport Tajik Air’s passengers to Russia.

It was also noted that Tajik Air’s fate is decided by a governmental commission headed by the Prime Minister Kohir Rasulzoda.

It was noted that the commission will examine the Tajik Air’s current financial situation. Two options were considered: either to declare the air company to be bankrupt, or, if it turns out that the situation is correctable, to reopen the airline’s activities.

On January 21, 2019, the President Emomali Rakhmon removed Khairullo Rakhimov from the Tajik Air’s CEO position, criticizing the activities of the air company’s management.

Dilshod Ismatullozoda has headed Tajik Air, who previously held the position of Deputy Director of the Executive Office of the President of Tajikistan.

In March 2019, Tajik Air announced the resumption of its flights, announcing that flights would be resumed since March 31, 2019. However, neither on March 31st, nor on other subsequent days, no any flights were operated by Tajik Air, as there were no any air ticket sales for airline flights.

Sources – https://news.tj/, http://avesta.tj/

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