Tajikistan: Airlines Running Into Fuel Troubles
A lack of fuel supplies to Tajikistan’s airlines is reportedly forcing the carriers to perform layovers at foreign terminals during long international flights.
The problem appears to stem from a disagreement over money owed by the airlines to OAO Toplivo-Zapravochnaya Kompaniya, or TZK, which occupies a monopoly position on Tajikistan’s aviation fuel market, and is headed by Ilhomdjon Sohibov, a relative of President Emomali Rahmon by marriage.
SSSR newspaper last week cited Sohibov as saying that Tajik Air and Somon Air currently owe his company around 184 million somoni ($20.8 million). On top of that, movements in the value of the national currency has cost TZK around $2 million, Sohibov said.
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