Uzbekistan may cede air transportation market in region to Kazakhstan

Without an increase in the fleet, Uzbekistan could cede the air transportation market to Kazakhstan in the region, the Uzbek Deputy Prime Minister Aziz Abdukhakimov announced during the Uzbekistan Airports, Aviation & Logistics Forum (UAALF-2020) international aviation forum in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, according to the Kazinform News Agency, Kazakhstan.

“The population of Uzbekistan is about 34 million people, while in Kazakhstan there are only 18 million people. However, Kazakhstan currently has over 100 aircraft, and we have 29. On pre-order, we have five aircraft, Kazakhstan has 58 aircraft. Thus, in the coming years they will have about 160 aircraft, so we should think. If we do not increase the number of our aircraft, then we can give up the market,” Mr. Abdukhakimov said A.

According to another speaker of the Forum – vice minister of Uzbekistan, as well as concurrently Minister of Transport of the country Elyer Ganiev, it is planned to purchase planes in Uzbekistan for the new Humo Air Airlines, which is designed to organize transportation between the regions of Uzbekistan and Central Asia as a whole. To equip this airline, negotiations are already underway for the purchase of new aircraft, including with Russian and Brazilian aircraft manufacturers Sukhoi and, accordingly, Embraer. In addition, it is expected that in order to develop the tourism sector and provide business services, Uzbekistan Helicopters will also discuss with suppliers the purchase of new western-style helicopters.

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