By Kamila Aliyeva
Central Asian nations of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have resumed air connection between the two capital cities after 25 years of halt.
A technical flight between Dushanbe and Tashkent was realized on February 10 by Tajik Somon Air, TASS news agency reported referring to the airline company.
"Somon Air intends to hold talks with representatives of the Tashkent airport and colleagues from Uzbekistan Airways to solve operational issues on the flights’ opening," the report says.
In autumn 2016, a protocol on cooperation was signed between the civil aviation authorities of of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan in the air transport sector. Under the signed Protocol, the Dushanbe –Tashkent – Dushanbe flight will be operated twice a week by Somon Air, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan Airways.
Uzbekistan Airways performed the first charter flight to Dushanbe in November 2016.
Regular flights between the two countries are expected to start on February 20. The frequency of flights will be increased to two times per week in summer. Experts note that initial passenger traffic is unlikely to be great.
Flights between the two countries were terminated in the autumn of 1992, and in 2000, Uzbekistan introduced a visa regime for travel to Tajikistan.
The air traffic was interrupted with the beginning of civil war in Tajikistan, there were virtually no commercial, economic and political ties. The relations began to restore in 2016.
The legal base of bilateral Tajik-Uzbek relations includes 111 contracts and agreements signed at the interstate, intergovernmental and interdepartmental levels in the period from 1992 to the present.
The approved documents between two countries cover all the key areas of cooperation between two countries and provide a solid legal basis for the further strengthening of bilateral cooperation between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan in the political, economic, trade and other areas.
Regarding the economy, bilateral trade turnover between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan reached the amount of $167, 1 million in 2015, while the potential is estimated at billions of U.S. dollars.
Kamila Aliyeva is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Kami_Aliyeva
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