Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan discuss cooperation in air transportation

Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- A delegation of Kyrgyzstan led by Deputy Minister of Transport and Roads Gulmira Abdralieva visited Uzbekistan and held talks State Aviation Supervision Inspection to consider bilateral cooperation in the sphere of air transportation.

The sides discussed the issues of flights from Tashkent and other cities of Uzbekistan to the international Issyk-Kul airport "Tamchy", appointing new air carrier from the Kyrgyz side on the Bishkek-Tashkent flight, the use of airspace in the area of Osh International Airport and consideration of the draft bilateral Intergovernmental Agreement on the delegation of responsibility for air traffic services in the given territory.

The sides focused on the prospects of expanding the geography of flights between countries, specifically increasing the frequency of flights by Uzbekistan’s national air carrier on the route Tashkent-Bishkek-Tashkent from 2 to 4 times a week.

Comprehensive development and further strengthening of mutually beneficial cooperation with Uzbekistan are one of the key directions of Kyrgyzstan’s foreign policy, which was clearly manifested during all recent summits, Gulmira Abdralieva said.

"We express our gratitude to the government of Uzbekistan and its aviation authorities for the resumption of charter flights Tashkent-Issyk-Kul-Tashkent. This is the first meeting of the aviation authorities of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan over the past nine years," Abdralieva said.

"We are pleased to receive passengers from any Uzbek city and want to offer our colleagues preferential terms for servicing the aircraft of the National Airline in our airports. We are also ready to grant the fifth degree of freedom through the Manas airport, that is, transit flights through Kyrgyzstan to the countries of the EEC, the USA and Southeast Asia," Abdralieva said.

Following the meeting, the sides signed a protocol of negotiations on further development of cooperation and expressed their confidence in fruitful cooperation to increase the tourist flow between two countries.

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