October 4, 2008

Runway Worth 94m Dollars Commissioned in Kazakh Southern City

Excerpt from report by state-owned Kazakh TV on 1 October

[Presenter] The second runway of Almaty international airport was commissioned today [Almaty is Kazakhstan's biggest city]. The capacity of the airport will hit 8m passengers a year thanks to the runway in the future. Presently the airport can serve 3m passengers a year. The runway's length is 4.5km, width 60 metres, which enables it to receive any type of aircraft. A total of 87m dollars were spent on the construction of the runway. Local commercial banks spent another 7m dollar on navigation and meteorological equipment of the new runway. The runway is equipped with modern signalling system that can be used during heavy fogs in late autumn. There were also built new multimedia and cargo terminals.

[Akhmetzhan Yesimov, mayor of Almaty, captioned] This is an important event for the city. The second runway makes Almaty an important transport and logistics centre that connects Asia and Europe.

[Passage omitted: background]

Originally published by Kazakh Television first channel, Astana, in Kazakh 1400 1 Oct 08.

(c) 2008 BBC Monitoring Central Asia. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.