Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 14
By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:
The opening of an air link between Azerbaijan and Pakistan has been postponed.
On Aug. 12, the aircraft of the Turkish Airlines were to start operating a flight on the Islamabad-Baku-Istanbul route, but due to technical problems the flight was delayed, Pakistan's Ambassador to Azerbaijan Khalid Usman Qaiser told reporters August 14.
Earlier, Azerbaijan's Ambassador to Pakistan Dashgin Shikarov told Trend that under a tripartite agreement, the flight would operate twice a week - on Mondays and Fridays using the planes of Turkish Airlines.
Tickets for the flight will be about $600-$650, and the flight time will be about three hours.
The agreement to resume the air link was reached during the Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain's official visit to Azerbaijan in March this year.
"Mamnoon Hussain made this initiative at a meeting with Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev," said Ambassador Shikarov. "Azerbaijan's president supported it."
He added that the issue of extending the current Istanbul-Islamabad flight to Baku was also discussed with Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
The ambassador said the governments of Azerbaijan and Pakistan hope that the opening of the flight will also contribute to economic ties between the two countries.
According to Azerbaijan's State Customs Committee, over January-June 2015, the trade between Azerbaijan and Pakistan stood at $1,318,400.
Edited by CN