EBRD promotes flight safety in Tajikistan

DUSHANBE (TCA) — Almost 1.5 million passengers using key airports in Tajikistan annually will enjoy safer flights following air navigation systems upgrades financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Bank said on August 9.

A 7-year EBRD loan of €6 million will fund major upgrades of the air navigation service infrastructure at the main airports in the country. The investment will promote quality and safety and compliance of local air navigation services with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards.

The loan will be used for the procurement and installation of an air traffic control system at Dushanbe Airport, an aero-meteorological system at Khujand Airport and communication and navigation systems to be used by the state-owned air traffic management company Tajikairnavigation.

The introduction of modern navigation equipment by 2021 will allow for a better utilisation of Tajikistan’s airspace and improve flight safety in an area known for its mountainous landscape and volatile weather conditions.

To date, the EBRD has invested almost €673 million (US$ 755 million) through 127 projects in various sectors of Tajikistan’s economy.

Sergey Kwan


Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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