President of AZAL discusses prospects for co-op in civil aviation with ambassadors of Pakistan and Bulgaria

On Monday, March 14th, AZAL President Mr. Jahangir Asgarov held working meetings with Pakistan’s Ambassador to Azerbaijan Mr. Bilal Hayee and Bulgarian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Mr. Nikolay Yankov.

During the meeting with the Pakistani Ambassador, the parties exchanged views on the mutual cooperation agenda between Azerbaijan and Pakistan in the field of civil aviation, and long-term plans to increase passenger traffic were also discussed. The parties noted that the anti-epidemic measures taken made it possible to improve the current situation with COVID-19.

At the meeting, attention was drawn to the importance of resuming air service between countries. Pakistan International Airlines will launch flights to Baku this week from two cities in Pakistan, Karachi and Lahore. Azerbaijan’s flag carrier airline also plans to launch flights from Baku to Lahore.

Mr. Jahangir Asgarov noted that the opening of direct flights will serve as an additional incentive for the development of tourism and business relations between the two countries. According to Ambassador Bilal Hayee, regular flights will give a new impetus to the development of political, economic and cultural ties between Azerbaijan and Pakistan.

During the meeting between the President of AZAL, Mr. Jahangir Asgarov, and the Bulgarian Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Mr. Nikolay Yankov, the parties exchanged ideas, forecasts, visions of the current situation in the field of civil aviation and the measures taken by Turkish Airlines. Two countries to circumvent the epidemic-fighting restrictions. At the meeting, Jahangir Asgarov and Nikolay Yankov discussed the hopes of resumption of flights between Sofia and Baku.

According to the President of AZAL, the fifth and seventh freedom of air is in force at all airports of Azerbaijan. These freedoms allow all foreign air carriers to operate unrestricted flights from Azerbaijan to 40 countries in Europe, North America, Australia and Southeast Asia.

According to Ambassador Mr. Nikolay Yankov, mutually beneficial and close cooperation will serve to develop commercial and cultural relations between the two countries.

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