Tajik civil aviation authorities propose Russia’s Yamal Airlines to operate flights out of Zhukovsky Airport to the Tajik southern city of Kulob instead of Dushanbe.
Tajik authorities have sent an appropriate letter to the Russia air company, an official source at the Ministry of Transport of Tajikistan reported.
“The Russian side is currently considering our proposal and the issue is expected to be finally solved within the next few days,” the source noted.
Yamal Airlines canceled flights to the Kyrgyz Republic from Zhukovsky Airport until it gets permission to operate flights to Tajikistan.
“There is no sense in keeping a plane at Zhukovsky airport because of Kyrgyzstan alone. As soon as we get permission for Tajikistan, we will return the airport schedule in all directions,” commercial manager of the company Andrei Dubrov said.
Dushanbe in December 2016 banned Yamal Airlines flights to Tajikistan out of Zhukovsky Airport and Moscow suspended flights of Tajik private air carrier, Somon Air, to the Russian regions. The ban included flights of the airline to all Russian cities, except for Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Tajik and Russian authorities reached an agreement aimed at resolving the dispute that has prevented some civilian flights between their countries at a meeting of the Tajik-Russian commission for economic cooperation that too place in Dushanbe on January 27. Somon Air was allowed to resume its flights to four Russian cities – Krasnoyarsk, Krasnodar, Ufa, and Orenburg – beginning on February 3.
Meanwhile, Russia’s Yamal Airlines will resume its flights to Tajikistan during the summer from Zhukovsky International Airport in the Moscow region.
The history of this dispute dates back to early November 2016. The two countries faced the threat of suspension of flights because of a dispute between Moscow and Dushanbe over the status of Russia’s Zhukovsky International Airport, which was officially opened in May 2016.
Dushanbe called for a revision of existing bilateral agreements on mutual air flights, saying that Zhukovsky was Moscow’s fourth international airport and that it had increased the number of flights from Moscow to Tajikistan.
The Russian civil aviation authorities insisted that Zhukovsky International Airport was not under Moscow’s authority but of the town of Ramenskoye.
Tajikistan that time agreed only to flights for Ural Airlines and Tajik Air from Zhukovsky Airport. (News.tj/Business World Magazine)
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