Project Company of AIR SAMARKANDA together with the experts of the Munich International Airport and the Istanbul International Airport are working on implementing a unique program in Uzbekistan – ORAT (Operational Readiness, Activation and Transition).
ORAT is about the flights operational readiness methodology and techniques, launching the flights operation and transferring the flights operational activities into a new infrastructure. The current program enables to systemize and synchronize the highly sophisticated system of a huge number of various technological and business processes on the start-up and launching of both the new terminal, as well as the whole airport in general.
According to the experts, ORAT Program will provide implementing advanced technologies in the operation of airports, will satisfy the demand of the airlines, passengers, as well as the population, and will transform the Samarkand International Airport into a major transportation and touristic hub as a result.
AIR SAMARKANDA was founded in 2020 for the implementation of the project on the modernization and operation of Samarkand International Airport. The main strategic aims of the company on modernizing the airport are the development of the air route network, implementation and improvement of safe flights operations system that meets international standards, bringing the operation at the airport to IATA (ISAGO) operation safety international standards level, as well as the modernization of airport infrastructure and applying advanced technologies, modern aviation technologies and mechanisms in the operation process.
As a part of the project, the airport personnel is going to have a training on the new systems of serving the passengers, luggage services and aircrafts. All the regulatory documents, business-procedures and airport procedures will be designed according to the international standards.
Lufthansa, KPMG и Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer are working on the financial feasibility and legal compliance of operating the new airport.
After modernization, Samarkand International Airport will be able to receive up to 1.4 million passengers a year. Moreover, the airport will be able to increase its capacity from 600 to 1,200 passengers per hour. The total cost of the project is $62 million.
Starting 1 August 2020, all regional airports of Uzbekistan have introduced Open Skies regime for two years with the possibility of its further extension. This regime will be introduced at Samarkand International Airport upon the completion of reconstruction works.
The current project is planned to create additional convenience for the visitors of Uzbekistan, traveling not only to Samarkand, but also planning to visit other ancient cities of Uzbekistan, such as Bukhara, Khiva, Fergana and the modern capital city Tashkent.