President Shavkat Mirziyoyev in a government meeting yetsreday instructed to introduce Open Skies policy in Uzbekistan's three more international airports in Andijan, Nukus and Navoi.
In early February, Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed the Measures to Boost Tourists Inflow Decree, which provides for the withdrawal of Karshi airport from the structure of Uzbekistan Airways, its hand over to a private specialized company and introduction of open skies policy including engaging lowcosters.
The Karshi airport development concept should be prepared by July 1, based on the study of advanced foreign experience.
The President criticized the passivity of Uzbekistan Airways with respect to optimizing ticket fares, launching new flights, increasing transit flights and expanding the geography of flights.
As a result, thousands of Uzbek citizens are flying from neighboring countries (Shymkent city in Kazakhstan), the President noted.
The airline is entrusted with the introduction of market mechanisms of tickets sale, as well as modern passenger services.
He noted that within two days after introduction of visa-free regime for Israeli citizens by Uzbekistan, tickets for flights to Tashkent were sold out until the end of June. Given this, the company was instructed to add flights to countries with visa-free regime, and to launch direct flights to Bukhara, Samarkand, Urgench, Navoi and Karshi.