By Amina Nazarli
Buta Airways, the first low-cost airline of Azerbaijan, is eager to expand geography of its flights to European contingent.
Director of Buta Airways Jamil Manizade said that the company is in talks to expand the map of flights.
Buta Airways launched its flights starting from September 2017. Now, the low-cost airline flies to Moscow, Kiev, Tbilisi, Kazan, Mineralnye Vody, Tehran and Antalya. Starting from October 29, Buta Airways will start flights from Baku to Istanbul and St. Petersburg.
Manizade, addressing a press conference on the launch of the flights to Kiev, said Buta Airways is committed to develop tourism in Azerbaijan through increasing the number of flights abroad.
He emphasized that the number of flights will depend on the flow of passengers.
He added the carrier might fly to other Ukrainian cities in future.
Currently, flights to Kiev are carried out on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and according to Manizade in the coming months flights will also be carried out on Fridays. The increase in flights will subsequently depend on passenger traffic.
The first Azerbaijani low-cost air company mainly uses Embraer planes. Being a low-cost airline, Buta Airways offers additional services such as carriage of baggage, hand luggage, hot onboard meals, as well as seat selection in the airplane on the flights on a paid basis.
The airline provides sandwiches and water free of charge on all flights, hot meals can be pre-ordered during the purchase of the ticket for 7.90 euro. A variety of drinks and cold appetizers are available on board the aircraft.
Carriage of hand luggage of unlimited weight, with the sum of three dimensions not exceeding 110 cm will cost 25 euros. Carriage of baggage weighing up to 23 kg (inclusive), with the sum of three dimensions not exceeding 158 cm will cost 25 euros. When purchasing baggage on the website or at sales offices in advance it will cost 20 euros.
As additional options Buta Airways flights provide comfortable seats in the aircraft cabin. Seats with extra legroom in the first row and emergency exit will cost 25 euros, priority seats at the front of the cabin - 15 euros. Check-in will be available online on the website and self-service check-in kiosks free of charge. Check-in at the counters at the airport will cost 3 euros.
Amina Nazarli is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @amina_nazarli
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