Plans are well underway for the conversion of Tashkent’s Vostochny airport in Uzbekistan from a military and cargo hub to an airport serving the business aviation community.
Expected to become a centre for innovation in Central Asia, the revamped airport will be dedicated to private and corporate jets. To improve operations the runway is being extended and widened. In addition, a new terminal building will be dedicated to government officials and foreign delegations, while another will be used for business passengers flying in general aviation aircraft.
The first phase of the project, which is due for completion in 2020, will feature the upgraded runway, aprons and taxiways, the new terminals, a modern hangar, fire-safety depot, dispatch centre and a restaurant. A hotel complex is also in the pipeline.
Expressing his support for the redevelopment of the airport, Uzbekistan’s president, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, told the Tashkent Times: “Business Aviation provides efficient, productive and secure business travel to accommodate schedules and reach destinations not compatible with the limitations set by commercial airline itineraries.”