By Rashid Shirinov
Azerbaijan can receive flights from a new Zhukovsky airport of Russia in 2017, said Eugene Solodilin, Deputy Director General, Ramport Aero OJSC.
Solodilin noted that the flights from the airport will not performed only to CIS states, but also to countries in Europe and Asia. “In January-February we will gather all information and from March we will come to a more serious level. For this, we will gradually add destinations - Baku, Tel Aviv, Istanbul,” Solodin said.
Timing and directions of the first long-distance international flights from Moscow’s Zhukovsky airport are now known. In the spring of 2017, the aircraft will fly to Israel (Tel Aviv) and Turkey (Istanbul and Antalya), izvestia.ru states.
He suggested that flights to Antalya will begin from April or May. Transportation of passengers to Turkey will be carried out by the Pegasus airline, which intends to provide daily flights to Istanbul and Antalya.
Ural Airlines, Yamal, VIM-Avia and Ikar airlines are also interested in flights from Zhukovsky airport, while negotiations with Hungarian Wizz Air and other companies are currently underway. The name of the base carrier of the airport will be defined in the second half of 2017.
Solidilin called satisfactory the results of the work of Zhukovsky airport in 2016.
Zhukovsky airport is Moscow's fourth international airport. After the 2014-2016 reconstruction there was the official opening of Zhukovsky International Airport on May 30, 2016. The declared capacity of the new airport was 4 million passengers per year. As of December 2016 flights from the Zhukovsky International airport are being served by 5 airlines to 6 destinations in Russia and CIS.
Currently, several Russian air carriers operate flights to Azerbaijan's capital Baku and some other cities of the country. Over the past year, Azerbaijan received over 2 million tourists, 685,000 of whom were guests from Russia, and this figure is expected to rise following 2016.