Flynas, one of the largest airlines of Saudi Arabia, has extended the period of seasonal flights to Azerbaijan, Chairman of Azerbaijan Tourism Association (AzTA) Nahid Bagirov told Report.
According to him, the airline used to operate nearly 10 flights a week to Azerbaijan in summer. "We negotiated to continue these flights in winter and as a result, the airline will carry out three flights a week to Azerbaijan in winter," Bagirov said.
Tourist flow to Azerbaijan grew by nearly 10%. 280,000 people crossed Azerbaijani borders in September, up 48,000 or 20.8% from the previous year. The biggest increase was recorded in the number of travelers from Iran (twofold) and Central Asian countries (88%).
More than 13% or 6,700 foreigners came from Georgia, over 8% and 5,300 people from Russia.
Number of travelers from Turkmenistan grew 3.3-fold, and an increase of Saudi tourists in Azerbaijan was 18.3% (to 23,000).