"Azeri delegation flies into north direct from Baku
By Simon Bahceli
A DELEGATION of 86 Azeri businessmen, state officials and cultural figures last night claimed they had made history by being aboard the first plane to fly directly to the north’s Ercan (Tymbou) airport.
The delegation flew to the island aboard a jet of the privately-owned IM-Air, a small airline that according to its website operates services between Baku and other cities in the ex-Soviet Union. Sources said the airline also runs a route to Antalya in southern Turkey.
The flight follows weeks of speculation that Azerbaijan could be planning to declare recognition of the breakaway state and begin scheduled flights to its internationally unrecognised airport. "
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