Azerbaijan, Baku, May 1 / Trend A.Badalova /
Aviation in Azerbaijan has tremendous potential to play bigger role in the country's development, Director General and CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Tony Tyler belives.
"There is tremendous potential for aviation to play a much bigger role in the development of Azerbaijan-and indeed across the whole of the CIS", Tyler said at an event marking the 75th anniversary of commercial aviation in Azerbaijan in Baku, IATA's official website reported.
According to Tyler, connectivity provided by aviation will be a critical enabler of future growth, development and prosperity," Tyler said.
Tyler also reiterated IATA's support for Azerbaijan as a committed partner in helping to grow the benefits of air connectivity through the safe, secure and sustainable development of aviation.
Tyler noted that the government of Azerbaijan is focusing on the successful development of aviation. IATA's report said that this is notable particularly in its impressive airport infrastructure. Over the last decade, both Baku and Nakhchivan airports have been completely re-developed and modernized. In addition, the new airports in Ganja, Zakatala, Lankaran and Gabala have been opened to provide air connectivity across the country, the report said.
Alongside, Tyler noted Azerbaijan could go beyond the cooperation agreement and make the IOSA registration a formal requirement.
IATA represents some 240 airlines comprising 84 percent of global air traffic.