On March 16, 2022, direct flights started between Azerbaijan and Pakistan.
An official ceremony was held on the occasion of the launch of direct flights at Lahore Airport.
Speaking at the ceremony Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Pakistan KhazarFarhadov, CEO of PIA Air Marshal Arshad Malik, Secretary Aviasion Division Shoukat Ali noted that the launch of the direct flights will contribute to the further deepening of relations between the two brotherly countries, especially ties in economy and tourism. They congratulatedthe peoples of the two countries on the occasion of this historical eventand wished them success in future joint activities.
On the same day, direct flight departed from Lahore to Baku. Along with Pakistani passengers, Azerbaijani Ambassador KhazarFarhadov, CEO of PIA Air Marshal Arshad Malik and Secretary Aviasion Division Shoukat Ali also travelled to Azerbaijan.
The Heydar Aliyev International Airport of Azerbaijan received the first passenger flight of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA). On this occasion, an official ceremony was held at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport. Azerbaijani Ambassador to Pakistan KhazarFarhadov, Pakistani Ambassador to Azerbaijan Bilal Hayee, Director of the State Civil Aviation Agency under the Ministry of Digital Development and Transport of AzerbaijanArifMammadov, Vice President of AZAL EldarHajiyev, CEO of PIA Air Marshal Arshad Malik,Secretary Aviasion Division Shoukat Ali and other officials attended the ceremony.
Director of the State Civil Aviation Agency under the Ministry of Digital Development and Transport of Azerbaijani Republic A.Mammadov, Vice President of AZAL E.Hajiyev, Air Marshal Arshad Malik, Pakistani Ambassador to Azerbaijan B.Hayee spoke at the event and stressed of the importance of launch of the direct flights, which contribute to growing ties in all directions between Azerbaijan and Pakistan, as well as increasing the number of direct flights as a result of future cooperation between the two countries’ airline companies, and they congratulated the people of both countries on this occasion.
On the same day, the Pakistani airlines carried out a direct flight from Karachi to Baku as well.
It should be noted that, the PIA will operate the direct flights from Karachi and Lahore to Baku twice a week.