The decision by Azerbaijan to expand direct flight operations to Pakistan, specifically between Baku and Sialkot, is aimed at strengthening bilateral relations and promoting tourism growth between the two countries. According to the source ‘The News’ This announcement was made by the Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Pakistan, Khazar Farhadov, during a meeting with Adnan Jalil, the Minister for Commerce and Industry of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Azerbaijan already operates direct flights connecting Lahore and Baku, and the addition of the Baku-Sialkot route is expected to further enhance air connectivity between the two nations. The anticipated launch of this new air route is expected within the next two months.
Ambassador Farhadov highlighted his engagement with the business community of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, specifically mentioning productive meetings with officials from the Peshawar Chamber of Commerce. He emphasized the cultural and culinary similarities between Azerbaijan and Pakistan, underscoring their significance in fostering long-term and sustainable relations.
The ambassador expressed optimism about the potential increase in the number of Pakistani tourists visiting Azerbaijan, noting that over 50,000 visitors from Pakistan had already explored Azerbaijan in 2022. This indicates a growing interest in Azerbaijan as a tourist destination among Pakistanis.
Moreover, Ambassador Farhadov pledged his commitment to strengthening economic and trade relations between Azerbaijan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. His proactive approach is expected to contribute to mutual prosperity and facilitate a thriving partnership between the two regions.
Overall, the expansion of direct flights between Azerbaijan and Pakistan is expected to unlock new opportunities for cultural exchange, stimulate tourism growth, and promote economic collaboration between the two countries.