Cessation of direct flights has negative impact on development of Azeri-Indian relations, Jioti Svarup Pande
The cessation of direct flights between Baku and Deli will have negative impact on development of the Azerbaijani-Indian relations, Trend reports quoting Jioti Svarup Pande, the Indian Ambassador to Azerbaijan, at a news conference in Baku on Thursday.
According to Pande, similar step will first weaken economic relations, particularly, development of cooperation in tourism. The Diplomat stressed that India was
currently pursuing policy Open Sky, envisaging special privileges for foreign companies. At present India lacks for airliners and local companies urgently purchase new planes. I think the problem will be solved soon and we will be able to organize flights to Baku, Pande stressed.
The Ambassador noted that the policy Open Sky made big profit to foreign air line companies, including, Russian Airflot. I hope the flight will be resumed soon, the diplomat said.
It should be mentioned that in February 2006, AZAL State Air Line Company announced cessation or reduction of some international flights, including, Baku-Deli. It explained this decision with increase of internal prices of diesel fuel.