BAKU, STEPANAKERT (Combined Sources)—Azeri Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov on Thursday once again warned Stepanakert against the planned opening of it airport, reported the APA news agency.
“If airport is commissioned and flights are operated in Nagorno Karabagh it will be detrimental to the peace process,” Mammadyarov told the EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus Philippe Lefort who is visiting Baku.
Meanwhile in Stepanakert, the Head of the Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh Republic) Civil Aviation Department Dmitry Atabashian told Armenpress that the opening of the Stepanakert Airport is imminent and is awaiting technical advancement.
Atabashian also added that a number of airline have expressed interest in flying to Stepanakert.
The civil aviation leader said that while the airport will be mainly used for flights to Armenia, other international destinations are being explored.
“As you know, the airport is already being utilized, but flights will launch after we acquire more equipment. Presently we do not possess an anti-icing system to keep the tarmac and runways clear of ice,” explained Atabashian who added that agreements to purchase the needed equipment have already been signed.