Baku Airport passenger numbers up 14 per cent in seven-month period

Baku Airport Heydar Aliyev International Airport served 2.5 million passengers (GYD)

During the first seven months of 2018, Baku’s Heydar Aliyev International Airport served 2.5 million passengers, an increase of 14 per cent year-on-year.

However, the airport’s growth rate has continued to slide from the highs of a 23 per cent improvement in 2017.

Major contributors to the Azerbaijani capital’s traffic improvement were the country’s flag carrier Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) transporting 1.07 million passengers, and its low-cost subsidiary Buta Airways serving another 256,000.

With 2.15 million passengers (86 per cent of all passenger traffic) transported on international flights in the period, some 33 per cent of the total of international passengers were carried by AZAL and 12 per cent by Buta Airways.

Currently, more than 30 airlines serve more than 40 destinations from Baku Airport. The top 10 most popular international destinations in July 2018 included Moscow, Istanbul, Dubai, Antalya, Sharjah, Kyiv, Baghdad, Tehran, Bodrum and Tel-Aviv, with a total of 371,000 passengers travelling to these destinations. In another development, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national airline Gulf Air launched flights to Baku starting from June.

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