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Azerbaijan Launches Inaugural Direct Flight to Pakistan, Strengthening Ties

It is expected to bolster tourism and facilitate easier international travel, all while strengthening diplomatic relations between Azerbaijan and Pakistan.

A significant milestone in the relationship between Azerbaijan and Pakistan has been achieved with the launch of Azerbaijan’s first-ever direct flight to Pakistan. This development is poised to have a positive impact on various facets of the bilateral relationship, including tourism, international transportation, and diplomatic ties.

The commencement of direct flights connecting Islamabad and Baku holds the promise of fostering closer ties between the two nations. It is expected to bolster tourism and facilitate easier international travel, all while strengthening diplomatic relations between Azerbaijan and Pakistan.

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The inaugural flight touched down at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport, arriving at the late hour of 11:36 pm. The maiden flight received a symbolic water cannon salute, signifying the importance of this momentous occasion.

In a welcoming and optimistic gesture, the caretaker aviation minister extended a warm welcome to the arriving flight at the airport. He expressed hope that this development would serve as a catalyst for enhancing bilateral ties between Azerbaijan and Pakistan.

These direct flights from Baku will connect to three major cities in Pakistan: Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi. For the convenience of travelers, flights from Baku to Islamabad will be available on Wednesdays and Saturdays, to Lahore on Mondays and Fridays, and to Karachi on Thursdays and Sundays.

These three cities hold immense historical and cultural significance in Pakistan, making them highly attractive destinations for travelers from Azerbaijan and further enhancing the potential for cultural exchange and tourism between the two countries.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s national carrier PIA is facing financial troubles. Last week the PIA management gave an alarming call to the government to provide a much-needed bail-out package. PIA had run out of funds to pay for the salaries of staff and workers. Privatization of PIA is also under talks to solve the financial woes of the national carrier.