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Thursday, 16 January, 2020, 17 : 00 PM [IST]

Kyrgyz Republic to present open sky and fifth freedom advantage before Indian air operators

To organise International Forum on Aviation & Tourism in Bishkek later this year
The Central Asian Republic of Kyrgyzstan is keen to see Indian carriers take advantage of the Open sky policy and the fifth freedom advantage that country offers to improve connectivity between the two countries.  In order to create more buzz about the advantage, Kyrgyz government will be organising an International Forum on Aviation and Tourism in Bishkek later this year.  

According to Maksat Damir uulu, Deputy Minister of Culture, Information and Tourism, Kyrgyz Republic the exact date of the Forum will be decided in a week’s time. However, he informed that the forum will be held most likely in September in Bishkek. “We will invite all the Indian carriers to be part of it,” he said talking to TravelBiz Monitor on the sidelines of an interacting forum organised by FICCI in Delhi.

“Connectivity is critical for tourism. The open sky policy and fifth freedom advantage will help Indian carriers to stop over in Bishkek and fly to other Asian and European destinations. It will also boost tourism,” he said.

“Bishkek Manas International airport is the biggest airport in the region. More than that, the fuel is cheaper. The Indian carriers can look at opening routes to Siberia, Mangolia, China, etc. through Bishkek,” said 
Asein Isaev, Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic said that talks are on at G2G level to have Business Forums to boost aviation and tourism ties between the two countries.

The Deputy Tourism Minister said that the first Business Forum dedicated for Tourism is proposed in Bishkek in May or June this year.  “We have agreed to have a Business Forum during our talks with Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. This will look at both inbound and outbound aspects of travel between India and Kyrgyz Republic,” the Uulu added.

The Deputy Minister said that the Kyrgyz government is planning to launch a national project on Film tourism in the country which would make film production in picturesque locations of the Republic easy and cost effective. “It will be covering some of the expenses as well,” he added.

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