Russian airline plans to open flights to Azerbaijan
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov.10
By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:
Russia's Komiaviatrans airline plans to begin operating flights on the Kaluga-Baku, Samara-Baku and Nizhniy Novgorod-Baku routes soon, Roman Titov, the company's deputy director general and commercial director, told Trend.
He said, tentatively, flights will begin in December, adding that this schedule is dependent upon when the previously ordered Embraer-145 aircraft, which will operate on the new routes, are delivered.
Earlier in October, the Federal Air Transport Agency allowed Komiaviatrans and three other Russian airlines to begin offering new flights to Azerbaijan.
Later, vice-president of Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) Arif Mammadov told reporters that the Azerbaijani side is ready to issue permits to these companies to offer flights in Azerbaijan.
Titov said that the exact date of opening flights on the Kaluga-Baku, Samara-Baku and Nizhniy Novgorod-Baku routes will be announced only after talks have been completed with Azerbaijani officials and permission has been received for providing these flights.
These talks, however, have not yet been held, according to the commercial director.
"We haven't worked with the Azerbaijani side so far since, currently, there is no available aircraft for carrying out these fights," he said. "We can't hold talks without clarifying the issue related to receiving the aircraft."
The commercial director said that during the initial stage, the flights on these routes will be carried out once a week but, in the future, the frequency of flights could be increased.
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