U.S. Manas transit centre decrease spayments to Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan Materials 21 May 2013 17:11 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, May 21/ Trend V. Zhavoronkova/

The volume of cargo transportation through the U.S. Manas transit Centre in Kyrgyzstan sharply decreased in 2013, reducing the income of the Kyrgyz airport by 41 percent, KyrTAG reported on Tuesday.

According to a source in the airport, the reduction may lead to bad results because over 60 percent of the airport income comes from the transit centre.

The agreement on the lease of Manas with the U.S. expires in 2014.

The Transit Centre at the airport, formerly called military base was opened in late 2001 after the U.S launched its operation in Afghanistan. At present, it accommodates about 1,200 U.S soldiers.

According to Pentagon statistics, the base handles up to 15,000 coalition servicemen and 500 tons of cargoes a month.