Azer­bai­jan proves its sta­tus as re­gion’s leader in air trans­porta­tion

Azer News - - Country Guide - By La­man Is­may­ilova

AThe meet­ing dis­cussed the tasks and prospects for the near fu­ture. It was noted that among the pri­or­i­ties in pas­sen­ger air trans­porta­tion is the open­ing of new des­ti­na­tions such as Tokyo, Delhi, Shang­hai, Zhengzhou, Bangkok, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Am­s­ter­dam, Vi­enna, Rome, Am­man, Karachi, Cairo, Dushanbe and other large cities from Baku.

In his speech AZAL pas­sen­ger air­line’s Di­rec­tor Jamil Manizade noted that in re­cent years the air­line has sig­nif­i­cantly in­creased its per­for­mance and will con­tinue to work in this di­rec­tion.

This year AZAL proved the pres­ti­gious sta­tus of a 4-star air car­rier and, was named the best re­gional air­line in Cen­tral Asia and In­dia ac­cord­ing to the Bri­tish agency Sky­trax. Start­ing next year, re­plen­ish­ment of the air­line’s fleet with the new-gen­er­a­tion Boe­ing 737 MAX air­craft will ex­pand its route net­work.

In turn, Di­rec­tor of low-cost air­line Buta Air­ways (AZAL CJSC’s struc­tural sub­di­vi­sion) Nazim Sa­madov said that dur­ing the first year of flights the low-cost air­line was in high de­mand both among the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion and among for­eign tourists.

Re­cently, the low-cost air­line has launched two new flights - to Alanya and Izmir. With the re­plen­ish­ment of the fleet of air­line – two new Em­braer 190 are ex­pected to ar­rive soon – the work in this di­rec­tion will con­tinue.

In his clos­ing re­marks Ja­hangir As­garov, Pres­i­dent of Azer­bai­jan Air­lines, stressed that AZAL, Buta Air­ways and Silk Way Air­lines show good growth dy­nam­ics and as a re­sult of the ac­tiv­i­ties of these

com­pa­nies, which are a hub­form­ing link, Hey­dar Aliyev In­ter­na­tional Air­port be­came the undis­puted leader of the re­gion in pas­sen­ger and cargo air trans­porta­tion.

Hey­dar Aliyev In­ter­na­tional Air­port gained in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion this year, by re­ceiv­ing the max­i­mum five-star sta­tus from Sky­trax, be­com­ing the ninth world air­port with such rat­ing.

Dur­ing eight months of this year, Baku air­port served 3.08 mil­lion pas­sen­gers, which ex­ceeds indicators of all other air­ports in the re­gion. For com­par­i­son: dur­ing this pe­riod Tbil­isi air­port served 2.565 mil­lion pas­sen­gers, and the to­tal pas­sen­ger traf­fic of Yere­van and Gyumri air­ports was 1.873 mil­lion peo­ple.

Hey­dar Aliyev In­ter­na­tional Air­port is also a large cargo hub. Be­ing a part of the Great Silk Road, it is a tran­sit point in cargo trans­porta­tion be­tween Asia, Europe and other con­ti­nents. Ne­go­ti­a­tions are cur­rently un­der­way to re­plen­ish the fleet of the cargo car­rier Silk Way West Air­lines, in par­tic­u­lar with the new Boe­ing 777-F air­craft.

As­garov gave in­struc­tions to reg­u­larly mon­i­tor the per­for­mance of all the struc­tural sub­di­vi­sions of AZAL, train the flight crew to fly new Boe­ing 737 MAX and Boe­ing 777-F air­craft, which is an honor­able and re­spon­si­ble task. Of course, all these tasks must meet high level of flight safety.

“I of­fi­cially de­clare that the gates of the Hey­dar Aliyev In­ter­na­tional Air­port are open to each air­line, we are avail­able and ready to meet any wishes,” AZAL pres­i­dent said. “I in­vite air­lines of near and far abroad to fly to our beau­ti­ful Hey­dar Aliyev In­ter­na­tional Air­port, which of­fers the whole range of ser­vices at the high­est level."

As­garov noted that tak­ing into ac­count the open­ing of new flights, by the end of 2020, the pas­sen­ger traf­fic of Hey­dar Aliyev In­ter­na­tional Air­port should ex­ceed 7 mil­lion pas­sen­gers a year.

“This is our pri­or­ity task and we must ful­fill it,” he said.

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