Baku Does Not React to Media Reports on Imminent Opening of Airport in Khojaly

54 / 23.12.20 / Turan: In early December, the Russian media, citing sources in the “government of Nagorno-Karabakh”, began to write about the possible opening of an airport in Khojaly by the end of the year, calling it the Stepanakert airport. This was due to the convenience of delivering humanitarian supplies, peacekeepers and military supplies. And on the eve of Sputnik Armenia reported that the opening of the airport is scheduled for December 25, again referring to a source in the “government of Nagorno-Karabakh”.

The report says “The territory around the air harbor has been completely cleared of mines, and the airport itself from the engineering and technical point of view is completely ready for the normal operation.”

It is also reported about the possible construction of a second runway and an extension of the current one by 1,000 meters to accommodate heavy transport aircraft.

The Armenians tried to launch the airport back in 2012, but Baku threatened to shoot down all the planes and it was not involved.

Now Baku does not react and does not comment on reports about the forthcoming opening of the airport, which is difficult to explain.

Let us recall that the only airport in Karabakh was built in the early 70s and operated flights from Baku and Yerevan. With the outbreak of conflict in the late 1980s, it was closed. Armenian formations captured it on the night of February 25-26, 1992. At the same time, the city of Khojaly itself with the Azerbaijani population was captured, and there the Armenians committed the most mass murder of the peaceful Azerbaijani population in the entire Karabakh conflict – 613 people.


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