October 26, 2015
After the signing ceremony
On October 26, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement (G/A) with the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic in the capital of Bishkek to provide grant aid of up to 1,630 million yen for assistance for the Project for Improvement of Equipment of the Manas International Airport with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in attendance.
This project will provide Manas International Airport with aviation safety equipment and ground support equipment to ensure safe flight and efficient airport operation, thereby improving the safety and reliability at the airport and of aircraft operation.
Out of the four international and seven domestic airports in the Kyrgyz Republic Manas International Airport, which is located in the national capital of Bishkek, is the largest international airport in the country. Constructed in 1974, Manas International Airport underwent runway and passenger terminal building repairs and received aviation safety equipment through the Bishkek-Manas International Airport Modernization Project, which was supported by a Japanese ODA loan in 1996. The airport plays an important role as the gateway to the Kyrgyz Republic.
The number of passengers on international routes in particular has risen over the past six years, increasing an average of at least 10 percent per year, and further growth is projected, yet regular service is obstructed by dense fog and other weather conditions, particularly in winter, making landings impossible due to low visibility. Also, there is insufficient ground support equipment needed for efficient airport operation. Therefore, updating the aviation safety equipment and providing ground support equipment is a high priority for regular, safe aircraft operation.
With the provision of aviation safety equipment through this project, it is expected that regular aircraft service will be possible even in low visibility, and the provision of ground equipment is expected to make efficient airport operation possible to meet the growing number of passengers. In addition to this project, JICA implements aviation safety training for employees at Manas International Airport, and otherwise providing inclusive support for efficient operation and improved safety and reliability at the airport.