The leader of Azerbaijan laid the foundation for a new airport and highway in Fuzuli district, which was recently liberated from Armenia’s nearly three-decade-long occupation, the presidency said Friday.
On Thursday, President Ilham Aliyev helped pour stone for the Fuzuli-Shusha Highway, which includes the construction of bridges and tunnels, at the 27 kilometer (17 mile) mark of the Ahmadbayli-Fuzuli-Shusha highway, as well as an international airport in Fuzuli district.
The airport will have a 2.8-kilometer (1.7-mile) runway and is expected to be equipped with infrastructure according to international standards.
“This is a very important project for the development of our liberated regions. The Fuzuli International Airport is to be commissioned this year. At least the runway should be commissioned this year. The airport building may be commissioned this year or next year,” said Aliyev.
He said the main purpose of the airport is to facilitate the arrival of foreign visitors to Shusha, which is near the airport.