The Kyrgyz Minister of Transport and Roads has instructed OJSC Manas International Airport, the firm tasked with managing Bishkek airport, to acquire three aircraft for use in developing domestic flights throughout the Central Asian state.

The 24.kg news agency reports Zhamshitbek Kalilov told a meeting of a Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Security that a tender had now been issued. While the type of the aircraft has not been specified, they will not have more than ninety (90) seats, he said.

The aircraft, once delivered, will be used to connect Bishkek with Isfana, Osh Int'l, Jalal-Abad, and Yssyk-Kul. It is presumed the aircraft will be operated by OJSC Manas International Airport's own airline, Air KG (Bishkek).

The ch-aviation route database shows that while the Bishkek-Osh market is amply served by each of Air Kyrgyzstan, Air Manas, Avia Traffic Company, and Tez Jet Airlines (which also plies the Osh-Yssyk-Kul route), the rest of Kyrgyzstan has less dedicated commercial air service.