The construction of an airport in Sokh district of Fergana province has been completed, the provincial governor’s office said. It was built on the site of a former airfield.
The construction of an airport in Uzbekistan’s exclave surrounded by Kyrgyzstan was provided for by the program for the development of the area for 2020-2021, approved by the President of Uzbekistan in August last year. The document planned to organize flights of small aircraft from Fergana to Sokh at prices "acceptable to the population."
The Fergana province governor Khairullo Bozarov got acquainted with the airport. He launched the project in February this year. The work was planned to be completed in May.
The airport covers an area of 7 hectares, the length of the runway is about 700 meters. The state budget contributed 6.8 billion soums for construction. Test flights are expected to be carried out in the near future, the statement added.
On May 31 last year, a conflict occurred between the residents of the Sokh province and the Kadamjai district of Batken province of Kyrgyzstan near the Chashma spring. The next day, the Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripov arrived in Sokh to resolve the incident in Sokh. At the meeting, residents of the exclave told about their problems and asked for help in solving them.
A few days later, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited the Fergana province, who said that 500 billion soums would be allocated for the comprehensive development of the Sokh district in 2020-2022.