Tajikistan, Uzbekistan resume flights after 25 years

AP

DUSHANBE: After 25 years, Uzbekistan’s Airways resumed flights from Tashkent to Tajikistan’s capital, Dushanbe, carrying 29 people on Tuesday.

Another flight from Tajik Somon Air carrying 12 people flew to Tashkent on the same day.

In 1992, Uzbekistan first banned flights from Tajikistan after a civil war broke out in its smaller neighbour to the east.

Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have been in a long dispute about transportation transit routes, border security, and the sharing of water resources.

A month ago, the countries said that a government-to-government agreement was close to completion.

The resumption of flights is a major achievement for Tajikistan and Uzbekistan in strengthening bilateral relations.

There will be two flights every week on Tuesday and Saturday.

A one-way Tashkent-Dushanbe ticket will cost between $150 and $230.