Korean Air President, Chi Chang-hoon, stated that the opening of a cargo terminal at Navoi International Airport (Uzbekistan) in May-2010 is a key step in opening a new "airborne Silk Road" (Korea Times, 14-Apr-2010). Korean Air, in mid-2008, signed an MoU with Uzbekistan Airways to cooperate in international cargo services at the airport. Under the MoU, Korean Air has provided assistance in establishing the logistics centre and has launched freight operations to the airport. The carrier will also manage the airport until 2018.
Korean Air: “Navoi used to be a small airport visited by a couple of flights a week. But it will be a bustling logistics hub situated at the core of Central Asia. It already accommodates a substantial number of flights,. The new Silk Road connecting Asia and Europe is due,” Chi Chang-hoon, President. Source: Korea Times, 14-Apr-2010.