Flights between Russia and Tajikistan will be halted from December 22.
Russia’s Transport Ministry confirmed their actions. So the flight connection will be halted at 00:00 on December 22.
The decision became an answer to the reports that Tajikistan’s Transport Ministry refused to grant permit to the Yamal airline to make flights from the Zhukovsky airport (Moscow) to Dushanbe in winter season of 2016-2017, TASS reports.
There were no second air carrier in this route and for parity support purposes, so it does not appear possible to provide an operations permit for regulator flights of AO Yamal Airlines in the winter season of 2016-2017.
The Russian Ministry of Transport warned earlier today that the Russian side reserves the right to suspend air traffic from midnight of December 22 if the Tajik party does not follow undertaken commitments. The refusal to authorize Yamal flights referring to lack of parity is not qualified.
On November 7, Russia and Tajikistan reached an agreement to continue to develop air service between the two countries in full volume.
Air service between the two countries is operated by Tajik air companies Tajik Air and Somon Air, and Russia’s air carriers Ural Airlines, Rossiya, Sibir (S7), and UTair. In August 2916, Russia’s air transport authority Rosaviatsiya issued permissions to Russian air companies Vim Airlines, Yamal and Ural Airlines to perform flights to Dushanbe from the Zhukovsky airport but no such permission was issued by the Tajik side.
On December 20, Russia’s Transport Ministry said that Tajikistan was attempting to rethink existing air travel agreements.
According to the Ministry, Tajikistan violates agreements as it withholds permits for flights.
At the moment the aviation authorities of Russia and Tajikistan are holding talks on continuation of flight connection between the two countries.