Passengers wait for their flight to Bishkek inside the departure sitting-room of the Osh airport in southwestern Kyrgyzstan. The Soviet-era relief map hanging on the wall still bears the strings connecting Osh to other cities in the Central Asia region - some of them now international destinations following the country's independence almost 20 years ago.
While most of the traffic consists of four daily flights connecting Osh to the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek, the airport also services international flights to Moscow and Urumqi, in China's western province of Xinjiang. Almost all of the other cities labeled on the map no longer have air connection with Osh.
Dean C.K. Cox is the photo editor for EurasiaNet.
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