Silk Way Airlines made the first cargo flight from Baku to Djibouti on April 13 2017. It is a start of a large program on making of weekly regular flights between the two countries, Caspian Energy News (www.caspianenergy.net) reports with reference to AZAL. In this way, East and Central African countries have opened their doors to Azerbaijan.
According to the order of President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, a humanitarian aid, including food products and drinkable water with a total weight of 76 tonnes, has been shipped to Djibouti by this flight. 30 tonnes of ‘Made in Azerbaijan’ brand goods of Azerbaijani producers were also delivered by the first flight. In particular, products of the following Azerbaijani producers were sent: Gilan Holding, Gazelli Group, Azersun Holding, Aznar QSC, Az-Granata MMC, Delta Group, Şami Keci Fermasi MMC, Xurcun, etc.
Introduction of the Azerbaijani goods at the new market means start of development of bilateral trade relations between the two countries and will stimulate the growth of the goods turnover. Along with the economic relations, opening of regular flights between Azerbaijan and Djibouti will also promote the development of political and cultural relations between the two countries.
Apart from this, Azerbaijan and Djibouti have signed two protocols in the field of civil aviation. President of AZAL Jahangir Asgarov signed the documents from the Azerbaijani side while from the side of Djibouti it was inked by the Head of the Civil Aviation Administration Almis Mahmud Khayid, as well as an Executive Director of Air Djibuti Abubekr Omar Khadi.
It is noteworthy that in February Azerbaijan and Djibouti signed bilateral intergovernmental agreement about cooperation in the field of civil aviation.
Along with the expansion of the aircraft fleet and operating direct regular flights from Azerbaijan’s capital to New York, Chicago, Milan, Luxemburg, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Dubai, Seoul, Hong Kong, Djibouti and Shanghai, Silk Way Airlines also plans to open new flights to Tokyo, Nairobi and Dakku.
Over the last 10 years Heydar Aliyev International Airport has turned into a large logistics hub of cargo air transportation. Today the civil aviation of Azerbaijan has declared itself as an official air transporter of Great Silk Way project linking East and West.
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