Kyrgyzstan to work with foreign aeronautical authorities in relation to fifth freedom rights

    Kyrgyzstan‘s Civil Aviation Agency Director Kurmanbek Akyshev said work will be conducted with foreign aeronautical authorities on matters relating to fifth freedom rights (Tazabek, 17-Jan-2019). Mr Akyshev noted Kyrgyzstan will unilaterally provide all foreign carriers with permission to operate through Kyrgyzstan without restrictions on volume, time, frequency, rates and routes. Mr Akyshev said approvals were already provided in response to requests from Tajikistan‘s carriers to operate services to Beijing, Guangzhou and Seoul via Bishkek and Tamchy. Mr Akyshev added the liberalisation measures will not impact domestic fares. Kyrgyzstan’s President Sooronbay Jeenbekov signed the law on amendments to aviation rules in Jan-2019, as previously reported by CAPA. The aim of the law is to develop civil aviation, increase traffic, and enhance network and fares via the implementation of unilateral open skies and fifth freedom rights agreements.