Tashkent International Airport in Uzbekistan has opened its new terminal for international arrivals to improve passenger service and accelerate security clearance at the airport.

The terminal, spanning an area of 9,800m², is capable of handling up to 1,200 passengers per hour. It has been constructed on the foundation of an old building.

The new building is said to be one and half times larger than the old terminal. The decision to reconstruct it was taken last year.

“After the opening of the new terminal, the time required to go through passport control is set to reduce to 7-10 minutes from the current 15-20 minutes.”

It features new technological equipment, such as four luggage carousels measuring 60m. The building houses 24 passport control points, two currency exchange offices, a visa support point and two duty-free shops among other facilities.

It is also equipped with new screens that help passengers to where their luggage is being held.

The terminal provides for the use of telescopic gangways and additionally features an open Wi-Fi network and kiosks providing SIM-cards.

After the opening of the new terminal, the time required to go through passport control is set to reduce to 7-10 minutes from the current 15-20 minutes.

The new terminal will also accelerate luggage delivery from the aircraft, taking just ten minutes to deliver the baggage on the luggage carousel.

International passengers and citizens of Uzbekistan can complete all formal procedures in 20-30 minutes.

The old terminal building, with an area of 4,800m², was built in 1997 and had the capacity of 300 passengers per hour.