Flights along the difficult Dushanbe - Khorog route has been reinstated by Tajik Air (7J, Dushanbe), but due to problems in servicing its An-28 it has deployed an Mi-8 Mil Helicopter helicopter on the route instead, reports Asia Plus.

Press secretary of Tajik Air, Aziz Khairulloev, said that the helicopter is a good option as it can be deployed even in poor weather. The previous An-28 service, which stopped in October 2016, could only operate when conditions were fine. The Deputy Director General of Tajik Air, Faizullo Sattorov, said in 2015 that the Dushanbe – Khorog route is one of the most difficult in the world.

Khorog is the administrative centre of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region in the south eastern part of Tajikistan, on the border with Afghanistan. The city is connected to Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe by the Pamir Highway, a mountainous road which is frequently closed due to avalanches.