Dushanbe International Airport – 90-year-old

On November 5, 2019 the Dushanbe International Airport, Tajikistan, celebrates its 90th anniversary. What are the conditions there today, who is responsible for safety, and how to control flights in the sky?

At present, the airport in Dushanbe stands the 6th in terms of congestion in Central Asia, as its annual passenger traffic per year is about 1.5 million.

Jamila Huseynova, Spokeswoman for Dushanbe International Airport, said, “In total, we serve about 50 flights per day. Two things are the main thing in our work, namely flight safety and quality of service.”

Over the past five years, the airport has changed dramatically. It received a modern large terminal that can serve up to 500 passengers per hour.

In October 2019, 13 monitors for the detection of radiation substances were installed at its checkpoints.

And a little earlier, in June 2019, a new air navigation control center appeared here. A tower with its height of 42 meters is several times higher and larger than the old one was. This is the heart of the airport, as all flights are controlled from here.

Nodir Adylov, air traffic controller who has been working at this position for almost 40 years, said, “We are the owners of the airspace over Tajikistan, everything that moves above it — we see and control.”

45 air routes pass over Tajikistan, and several planes can fly in the sky at the same time. It’s not safe here without modern equipment.

Mr. Adylov shows his working area, “This is an ARM Master monitor – monitoring the air situation. Here is the location of the aircraft in the airspace. At the moment you see how the Kazakh plane is approaching for landing. It is flying through Fayzabad and is landing onto the Dushanbe airdrome.”

Flight schedule is at the dispatchers’ workplaces. With this, work begins in the control room.

Mr. Adylov further tells, “We have a so-called VADER point, which is located 200 km north-east of Dushanbe, where the pick-up line is between the Kyrgyz dispatcher and the Tajik one. Here from this distance, our dispatcher takes it to control until the landing approach. If for some reason the aircraft cannot land at the aerodrome, for example, the runway is busy then, for these purposes, we have a waiting area where, at the dispatcher’s direction, the aircraft is sent with a certain departure time in this area.”

But dispatchers try not to send them there, freeing up the runways in advance.

With the advent of winter, the load on flight controllers increases significantly. But precisely at such moments, they feel the importance of their work, as this is their favorite season.

Source – https://asiaplustj.info/

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