Following the announcement of a new possible direct flight between Kazakhstan’s new capital Astana and Tehran, Kyrgyzstan said it also intends to start direct flights to Iran.
Kyrgyzstan is one of the remaining Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to improve its relations with Iran following the cessation of sanctions on Tehran in January.
During a meeting between Iran’s President Hassani Rouhani, and his Kyrgyz counterpart, Almazbek Atambayev, on several economic matters, both leaders agreed to expand tourism and business ties including direct flights between Bishkek and Tehran, AKI Press reports.
Other areas of cooperation between the two include the relaxation of visa requirements between the two sides. Currently, Kyrgyz people can apply for a 30-day visa on arrival in Iran, one of the easier options for foreigners entering the Islamic Republic.
If a Tehran-Bishkek flight happens, it could open the northern country to Iranian tourists and open the southern Silk Road to Kyrgyz people alike.
Travelers from Kyrgyzstan currently fly to Iran through a series of other destinations including Persian Gulf countries or via Moscow.