Air Marakanda, operator of the newly-expanded and redeveloped Samarkand International Airport, has opened the airport’s newest terminal.
The public-private partnership responsible for the US$80 million project involves Air Marakanda and state partner Uzbekistan Airports JCS. The construction work was carried out by leading Uzbekistan EPC company Enter Engineering, based on an architectural design by the Turkish design and engineering company Kiklop Construction.
The new terminal will allow for increased efficiency and capacity at one of Uzbekistan’s fastest-growing destinations, one that’s also seeing a boom in business, MICE, and medical tourism.
“On behalf of the entire staff of Air Marakanda, I thank our government and all partners, without whom the implementation of such a large-scale project would have been impossible,” says Air Marakanda’s Deputy General Director of Operations, Hilmi Yilmaz
“I am certain Samarkand International Airport, as one of the region’s most important infrastructure facilities, will stimulate economic growth and business development in the adjacent areas, creating jobs for the local population and benefit society as a whole. An airport is the first thing you see when you arrive in a country and the last thing you see when you leave. Samarkand International Airport will become a ‘visiting card’ of Uzbekistan.”
Serving visitors to Uzbekistan’s most frequented tourist sites in, and around, the historic Silk Road city of Samarkand, the modern facility will be able to handle triple the number of passengers than it could previously. Independent research by market research firm Lufthansa Consulting forecasts an increase in annual passenger traffic from 480,000 to two million.
Upon completion, the number of regular flights will increase from 40 to 120 per week, with a total of 24 new aircraft parking spaces available. Having served only five destinations in 2019, Air Marakanda’s route development plan aims to increase destinations to 30 by 2030.
From August 1, 2020, all domestic airports of Uzbekistan introduced the Open Skies regime for at least two years with the possibility of extension. This will also apply at Samarkand airport.
International standard modernisations include easy access for passengers with limited mobility, 29 check-in desks, eight boarding gates, four airstairs, ten passport control booths, six e-gates for departing passengers, and 15 passport control booths for arriving passengers. 3.1 km of runway were added
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