Sofia, Bulgaria, Jan. 16
By Maksim Tsurkov, Vugar Imanov – Trend:
Azerbaijan and Bulgaria will be able to implement a number of important tourism projects through the launch of a direct flight, Bulgarian Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Ivaylo Moskovski said Jan. 16.
He made the remarks at a press conference dedicated to the implementation of the first Baku-Sofia flight in Sofia.
The minister noted that the first flight, which was implemented from Baku to Sofia, was a result of long efforts aimed at developing relations between the two countries.
“Finally, we achieved the goal that was set for us in 2015. This result was achieved thanks to the efforts and will of both sides - the Bulgarian government, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, with the active participation of President of Bulgaria, as well as President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev,” said Moskovski.
The minister noted that thanks to direct flights, the two countries can count on developing contacts between businesses.
“Baku and Azerbaijan offer a number of interesting opportunities in terms of tourism. It also concerns the opportunities of Azerbaijani tourists in our country. I am confident that we can implement a number of important projects thanks to the development of these ties between our countries. We have to consider a number of other topics that are on the agenda of our governments,” said the Bulgarian official.
“I believe that the flight from Baku to Sofia can become a symbol of the development and deepening of tourism relations between our countries and provide an opportunity for a number of new projects,” added the minister.
The first flight from the capital of Azerbaijan, Baku, to Bulgarian Sofia was sent off on Jan.16.
Prime Minister of Azerbaijan Artur Rasizade and Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borissov took part in the ceremony of sending off the first flight.
An agreement on opening of direct flights between Baku and Sophia was reached during negotiations of Presidents of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Bulgaria Rumen Radev.
The capital of Bulgaria will become the first city in the European Union, where Azerbaijan’s low-cost airline Buta Airways will perform direct flights.
The minimum fare on route Baku-Sophia, as well as in other routes of airline, will be 29 euros (one way). The flights will be operated once a week on Tuesdays.
According to Azerbaijan’s State Customs Committee, trade turnover with Bulgaria amounted to $37.43 million in 2017, and more than $37.3 million of this amount accounted for the import of Bulgarian products. This figure decreased by 5.95 percent in 2017 as compared to 2016, which is related to the decline by 5.45 percent in the volume of import operations, and by 2.5 times – in export operations.