Cheer up, you’ve just launched two new routes. At a press conference in Moscow AZAL VP Eldar Hajiyev and DG of Vnukovo Airport Vasily Alexandrov were among those presenting information on the new routes to the media.
- AZALJet, the low-cost brand of Azerbaijan Airlines, has started service from two regional airports to Moscow Vnukovo (VKO). On 15 March the carrier began twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays) service on the 1,778-kilometre route from Ganja (KVD), a connection already offered four times weekly by UTair. The following day it also started weekly (Thursday) flights from Qabala (GBB). This 1,812-kilometre route is not served by any other airline. Both routes will be served using A320s. Parent company Azerbaijan Airlines already operates flights from Baku to five airports in Russia; Kazan, Mineralnye Vody, Moscow Domodedovo, Moscow Vnukovo and St. Petersburg. It also links Ganja to St. Petersburg. In total the carrier offers 42 flights per week between Azerbaijan and Russia, more than any other carrier. Aeroflot (17 weekly flights), UTair (13), S7 Airlines (nine) and Ural Airlines (eight) are the other significant players in this particular market.