Azerbaijan – Ukraine sees tourism cooperation as a new source of revenue and cooperation.
Ukraine intends to initiate a Baku-Odessa direct flights in summer as part of mutual development of tourist trips, Vadim Sidyachenko, first secretary for economic affairs of the Ukrainian embassy in Azerbaijan said.
“We organized a press tour for Azerbaijani journalists to Odessa in November, but the flight was made through Kiev,” he added. “At present, there is a great demand for this route. It will be possible to increase the flow of tourists through the direct flights.”
He added that at present, Baku-Kiev-Baku and Baku-Lvov-Baku flights are made.
“Two Baku-Kiev flights are made a day, one of them by Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL), other – by the Ukraine International Airlines (UIA),” he said.
“This is an important index,” he said. “Another important feature is that the flights were made by 150 seat-planes in 2014, but now by 220-240 seat-planes. The planes are full.”
“Moreover, AZAL carries out Baku-Lvov flight on Sundays,” he said. “This route is also in great demand, especially Truskavets resorts. We hope that we will create a social benefit program for tourists to be able to visit Truskavets too.”
“We are negotiating this issue too,” he said. “We think that we will succeed because Azerbaijani people rank first among foreign tourists visiting Truskavets.”
Sidyachenko added that Ukraine and Azerbaijan show great interest in the mutual development of tourist trips.
“The Ukrainian tourists are offered to visit not only Baku, but also the districts of Azerbaijan,” he said.
“The Ukrainians are aware that Baku is a romantic city, where it is possible to have a good time, see beautiful architecture, various restaurants,” he said.
“Moreover, Ukrainian tourists have the opportunity to admire the rock paintings of Gobustan, visit the fire temple Ateshgah and many other interesting sightseeing,” he said.
“We also recommend travel agencies such areas as Gabala, Sheki, Guba, Gusar, Shahdag, Mingachevir, which are very interesting for the Ukrainians,” Sidyachenko said.