President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon has become the first passenger using the services of the newly built terminal of at Dushanbe International Airport. The newly built terminal was inaugurated on the Day of Civil Aviation of Tajikistan, which is annually marked on September 3. The terminal was built for 20 months by the French company VINCI. Its total area is 11,000 sq m. The project budget was around 40 million Euro. Half of the sum was co-financed by Tajikistan, another half is a concessional loan of the Government of France. The terminal will handle 500 passengers per hour. "The terminal infrastructure allows to handle 1.2 million passengers at the world standard level. Hundreds of residents of the capital city will be provided with permanent jobs at the same time," the President said in his remarks at the inauguration ceremony. The President said construction of the cargo terminal is necessary at Dushanbe Airport. The Dushanbe International Airport handled around 40,000 flights and around 6 million passengers over the past 5 years. Tajikistan has 4 airports having the international status. The domestic air carriers operate direct flights from the international airports in Dushanbe, Khujand, Kulob, Qurghonteppa to dozens countries of the world along 180 routes. There are 6 air companies in the country in total, four transport passengers and 2 are freight transportation companies. Tajikistan also has 14 foreign air companies. Domestic air carriers hold over 53% of passenger transportation a year. The agreement was signed with Japan International Cooperation Agency on $20 million financing this year for construction of the cargo terminal, procurement of equipment for aircraft automatic landing equipment, other aeronautical equipment at Dushanbe International Airport.
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