Winter 2001 (9.4)
Influx of Business Continues in Baku
Reinartz, Baku Manager
The events of September 11, 2001 have definitely had an impact
on Lufthansa in Baku. In general, the airline has seen a decrease
in travel, especially to North America, but also to the UK and
Europe. But I think the worst is over. Actually, the Baku route
was not so much affected by those events, except for maybe a
couple of days following this tragic event.
There is a sense here in Baku that business will certainly keep
on going. Prospects for 2002 are positive. We expect to see more
foreign investments here in Azerbaijan, especially in the oil
sector. Projects like the Baku-Jeyhan pipeline will also spur
a lot of travel activity, particularly to and from the U.S. and
UK. We are looking to increase our frequency of flights to Baku,
instead of having just three or four flights a week.
In the past year, the facilities and management of the Baku airport
have been dramatically improved. Even the highway to the airport
has been completely resurfaced, which makes it very easy to drive
there. Also, there is better cooperation now with the international
companies, and air navigation is running extremely well at the
We personally are seeing an influx of new business coming to
Azerbaijan, maybe not as fast as everybody expects. But already
so many people have already reserved seats for 2002; it shows
that more and more investors are coming here.
Lufthansa was established in Baku in May 1995. It is the only
airline to operate with comfortable, modern A-340 wide body aircraft.
Lufthansa's schedule allows for fast connections from Frankfurt
directly to other major global destinations. Ninety percent of
our passengers from Azerbaijan have continuing connections beyond
Reinartz, General Manager, Caucasus, Lufthansa, Hyatt International
Center, 1033 Izmir, 5th Floor, Baku. Tel: (994-12) 90-70-50/
-51/ -52; Fax: 90-70-49; firstname.lastname@example.org; lufthansa.com.
(9.4) Winter 2001.
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