Kyrgyzstan will begin construction of its new Issyk-Kul International Airport in 2012, according to the country’s first deputy prime minister, Omurbek Babanov.
Speaking during his visit to Manas International Airport, Babanov said that the total cost of the new airport would be $80 million.
He said: “We have already invested $18 million at the first stage.
“Currently, work is underway to lengthen the runway, construct a taxi lane and expand the apron.”
Babanov added that an up-to-date lighting system would also need to be installed at the airport so that planes could operate 24 hours a day.
The government hopes to boost tourism to Lake Issyk-Kul, a popular leisure destination during Soviet times, which is now being redeveloped.
Babanov said: “Opening of the airport according to international standards will give a big impetus for tourism development in the republic.”