Potential freed from Azerbaijan’s liberated lands to support TRACECA’s expansion

The liberation of Azerbaijani territories from Armenian occupation supports the development and expansion of the intercontinental transport corridor TRACECA, according to the Azerbaijani Minister of Digital Development and Transport.

Minister Rashad Nabiyev’s remarks came during the 15th annual virtual meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission (IGC) TRACECA last week.

Nabiyev said that the restoration of transport and economic links after the 44-day war last year, as a result of which Azerbaijani territories were liberated from Armenian occupation, would contribute to the development and expansion of the country. TRACECA corridor. He referred to the completed and ongoing infrastructure and transport projects implemented by the Azerbaijani government, such as airports, highways, railways, logistics centers, industrial and agricultural parks, etc.

Highways and railways are considered the blood vessels of the Europe-Caucasus-Asia transport corridor, abbreviated TRACECA. The Azerbaijan State Automobile Roads Agency is currently implementing ten highway projects in the Karabakh and Eastern Zangazur regions of Azerbaijan. The total length of the roads is 665 kilometers. The new motorway network will allow faster and shorter connections between the liberated regions, while also shortening the journey from the capital Baku in terms of time and distance.

Established in Brussels in 1993, TRACECA stretches from Shanghai in China to Frankfurt in Germany, being recognized as one of the modern turning points of the ancient Eurasian trade and transport corridor, the Great Silk Road. TRACECA aims to strengthen economic relations, trade and transport cooperation in the South Caucasus and Central Asian regions by connecting them to Europe in the shortest transport corridor. It also helps the EU to implement development programs for the economies of the TRACECA countries, ten of which were formerly part of the Soviet Union, including Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan has contributed to TRACECA with its well-organized transport infrastructure, including land, rail and sea routes. Cargoes from Central and Southeast Asia easily reach Europe on a modern highway that stretches over 500 kilometers from the capital Baku to the country’s border with Georgia. The focal point of the railway is the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway (BTK), an 826 kilometer route that was launched in October 2017 and connects Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. Since its inception four years ago, the railway has transported over a million tonnes of freight. The figures are expected to eventually reach 17 million tonnes per year when the railroad is in full swing.

The part of Azerbaijani railway infrastructure in the liberated territories is revived after nearly 30 years of illegal occupation by Armenia. The Azerbaijani government has made every effort to reintegrate the war-torn land into the country’s economy and the restoration of the destroyed rail links in addition to the construction of new lines is one of the highest priorities. The use of the transport potential of the Karabakh and East Zangazur regions would increase the role of Azerbaijan by changing the game in the realization of the North-South and East-West transport corridors, as well as TRACECA.

The Azerbaijani Railway Company is currently implementing several railway projects in the liberated lands. A brand new rail link is being laid between the capital Baku and the cultural capital of Azerbaijan, Shusha, in the Karabakh region.

The Horadiz-Aghband Railway, which extends to the Azerbaijan-Armenia border and is supposed to merge with the Zangazur Corridor, is being restored. The Zangazur Corridor, a strategic route through the territory of Armenia, will provide the shortest connection between the Azerbaijani mainland and its enclave of Nakhichevan. The launch of the multimodal corridor would benefit all regional nations and contribute to Eurasian trade and transport communications that integrate regional economies with a potential nominal GDP of $ 1.1 trillion. The Chinese authorities are convinced that the Zangazur Corridor will contribute to the implementation of the “Belt and Road” megaproject.

In addition to the land transport network, civil aviation is also being revived in the liberated lands of Azerbaijan.

Fuzuli International Airport, located in Fuzuli District, is the first new premier civil aviation hub in the liberated Karabakh region. The airport, which has already started operations, has already been assigned an international three-letter geocode – FZL by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the UBBF code by the International Civil Aviation Organization. (ICAO). Its 3 kilometer runway is designed to accommodate all kinds of aircraft, including large cargo planes and small private jets. The airport terminal can accommodate at least two hundred passengers per hour, while the apron can accommodate eight planes simultaneously, measuring 60,000 square meters (645,000 square feet).

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