Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), Feb 16 (AFP) Ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan halted flights leaving the country’s main airport near the capital Bishkek today, citing a snowstorm that it said had affected conditions for takeoff.Also Read - Kazakhstan Bodybuilder Divorces Sex Doll Margo, Gets a New Wife Called 'Lola'

“All departures have been delayed due to the unusual weather conditions,” a spokeswoman at the airport told AFP by telephone. Also Read - BREAKING: Military Plane Crashes at Kazakhstan's Almaty Airport, 4 Dead

The spokeswoman could not immediately say when departures would resume. Also Read - Christmas Heartbreak! Kazakh Bodybuilder Who Married Sex Doll Says 'She is Broken & is Being Repaired'

This is the second time this year Kyrgyzstan’s main airport has stopped flights from departing the airport.

Authorities have been especially cautious since a Turkish cargo plane flying in foggy conditions crashed into a village close to the airport in January last year, killing 39 people.

Central Asia, a landlocked region positioned between western China and Iran has seen bouts of wild weather and temperatures well below seasonal averages this year.

Flights were cancelled and a state of emergency declared when a snowstorm struck Astana, the capital of Kyrgyzstan’s neighbour Kazakhstan in January, briefly cutting off road access to the city. AFP UZM 16021514

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.