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Itek Air ceased operations in 2013 and no longer flies.

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About Itek Air

Itek Air was an airline based in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. It was founded in 1999 and operated scheduled domestic and international passenger flights, as well as cargo services, to destinations in Central Asia, Russia, China, and Turkey.

However, the airline faced various safety concerns and incidents, leading to it being banned from operating in the European Union in 2007. In 2008, an Itek Air flight crashed in the mountains near Bishkek, killing all 68 people on board. The incident led to further scrutiny of the airline's safety record and operational practices.

As a result of these issues, Itek Air's operating license was revoked by the Kyrgyz government in 2010, and the airline ceased operations.


Itek Air operated scheduled domestic and international passenger flights to various destinations in Central Asia, Russia, China, and Turkey. Some of the popular routes the airline flew included flights from Bishkek to Moscow, Urumqi, and Istanbul, among others.

Domestic Destinations

  • Bishkek
  • Osh

International Destinations

  • Almaty
  • Astana
  • Dushanbe
  • Tashkent
  • Moscow
  • St. Petersburg
  • Urumqi
  • Istanbul

Hub Airport

Manas International Airport

Manas International Airport is an international airport in Bishkek, the capital city of Kyrgyzstan. It's the largest airport in the country and also one of the busiest airports in Central Asia. The airport was named after Manas, an epic hero from Kyrgyz folklore.

The airport has a modern terminal building which opened in 2014. The terminal has the capability of handling up to 3 million passengers a year. Manas International Airport is currently a hub for Kyrgyz Airlines (Avia Traffic Company), Turkish Airlines, Aeroflot, S7 Airlines, Fly Dubai and Air Astana.


During its time in operation, Itek Air operated a variety of aircraft types, including Boeing and Airbus models. However, the airline did not have a large fleet, and at its peak, it operated a total of six aircraft.