Azerbaijan Airlines clarifies issue of reducing air ticket prices

July 27 2015, Baku – Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev gave concrete instructions to revise and reduce the air ticket prices during the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers on the results of the country’s socio-economic development in the first half of 2015.

 

In accordance with the instructions of the head of state, Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) CJSC together with the relevant state authorities analyzed the prices for air tickets and took appropriate measures to reduce them.

Appropriate work was done for this purpose and the primary information has been made public.

At the same time, information centers of AZAL receive numerous appeals regarding the air ticket prices. Given the increased interest in the above-mentioned issue, AZAL once again informs the population about the changes in air ticket prices.

In accordance with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s instructions on reducing the air ticket prices, the relevant analysis was carried out and a decision was made to reduce the existing tariffs for economy class by 20-30 percent in all international directions from August 1.

This affected the most popular routes of AZAL:

- Baku-Moscow-Baku– from 406 euros to 321 euros (a decrease by 85 euros or 21 percent);

- Baku-Istanbul-Baku – from 277 euros to 219 euros (a decrease by 58 euros or 21 percent);

- Baku-Dubai-Baku – from 272 euros to 216 euros (a decrease by 56 euros or 21 percent).

After reducing the air ticket prices, the discount will make 112 euros (22 percent) on Baku-Rome-Baku flight, 141 euros (30 percent) on Baku-Lvov-Baku flight, 116 euros (23 percent) on Baku-Beijing-Baku flight, 158 euros (21 percent) on Baku-New York-Baku flight and etc.

The number of air tickets sold at the low tariff will be no less than 30 percent of the total seats, except for business class. The number of such seats can vary from 32 to 61 depending on the type of aircraft. In particular, while 32 seats will be sold at the lowest prices on routes from Baku to Tehran, Aktau, Kazan and others, this figure will increase up to 48 seats in the direction of Beijing, London, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Antalya, Bodrum, Izmir and Dalaman, up to 53 seats - in the direction of Istanbul, and 61 seats - to New York and etc.

At the same time, AZAL starts low-cost flights on four most popular routes: Baku-Antalya-Baku (3 times a week, starting from August 2015), Baku-Istanbul-Baku ( one flight every day, starting from September 2015), Baku-Moscow-Baku ( 2 flights every day, from October 2015), Baku-Dubai-Baku ( one flight every day, from October 2015).

Different dates for starting the new flights are due to procedural matters such as concluding agreements with the airports for the service, as well as receiving slots (permission) at foreign airports.

Unlike standard low-cost models, AZAL’s low-cost directions have a number of advantages: there is no additional registration fee and fee for choosing seats in the cabin.

The flights will be carried out with Embraer aircraft. All the seats in the cabin of the aircraft are equally comfortable.

Air tickets (including all dues) on these flights will have a fixed price of 99 euros one way. It means that passengers, who pay 99 euros, will get the right to fly with hand luggage in these directions. Passengers will pay not 50 manats as previously announced, but 25 euros for each luggage.

It will be possible to book and buy tickets for all flights of AZAL online (www.azal.az ). It will allow passengers to obtain detailed information on availability of seats, tariffs and purchase tickets at lower prices without paying commission fees to agents.

The sale of tickets for low-cost Baku-Antalya flights started on July 24 and all the tickets for the August 7 flight were sold within two days.

Thus, taking into account all the novelties by AZAL, the passengers who want to use air transport services now have a choice.

In addition, rival foreign airlines such as Turkish Airlines, Aeroflot, Siberia, Flydubai, Ukraine International Airlines, Qatar Airways, Air Astana, British Airways, Lufthansa, Belavia, etc., carry out flights on most routes of Azerbaijan Airlines.

Heydar Aliyev International Airport provides equal opportunities to all airlines, including low-cost airlines.

Hungarian WizzAir company has been offered special and favorable conditions for 3 years to resume regular flights from 2015. Currently, the response of the Hungarian side is awaited.

The detailed information about the new tariffs in AZAL’s international flights is available in the attached tables.

Lowest tariffs of tickets for Azerbaijan Airlines flights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

route,

in both directions

current

after changes

reduction, euro

reduction, %

1

Antalya

436

350

86

20%

2

Bodrum

436

350

86

20%

3

Izmir

436

350

86

20%

4

Dalaman

436

350

86

20%

5

Ankara

366

278

88

24%

6

Istanbul

277

219

58

21%

7

Moscow

406

321

85

21%

8

Dubai

272

216

56

21%

9

Kyiv

352

256

96

27%

10

Rome

509

397

112

22%

11

Tbilisi

183

147

36

20%

12

Aktau

222

172

50

23%

13

Lviv

478

337

141

30%

14

Mineralnye Vody

239

185

54

23%

15

St.Peterburg

403

307

96

24%

16

London

464

366

98

21%

17

Milan

500

388

112

22%

18

Berlin

475

371

104

22%

19

Prague

503

389

114

23%

20

New York

755

597

158

21%

21

Beijing

505

389

116

23%

22

Tel Aviv

445

343

102

23%

23

Paris

525

413

112

21%

24

Tehran

236

182

54

23%

25

Rostov-on-Don

319

247

72

23%

26

Barcelona

494

382

112

23%

27

Bishkek

390

296

94

24%

28

Novosibirsk

377

285

92

24%

29

Krasnoyarsk

361

275

86

24%

30

Perm

401

305

96

24%

31

Nizhny Novgorod

381

287

94

25%

32

Kazan

316

236

80

25%

33

Yekaterinburg

311

249

62

20%

34

Minsk

372

280

92

25%

Lowest tariffs account for 30 percent of economy class seats

 

Low-cost flights of Azerbaijan Airlines

 

 

route, one direction

price, euro

additional fee for each luggage, euro

total number of seats

number of economy class seats

1

Antalya

99

25

105

105

2

Istanbul

99

25

105

105

3

Moscow

99

25

105

105

4

Dubai

99

25

105

105

 

Press service of CJSC Azerbaijan Airlines 

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