AZAL to increase the number of flights operated between Baku and Istanbul to 4 times per week
- 07 July 2020
July 7, 2020, Baku - Starting next week, the National Air Carrier of Azerbaijan will increase the frequency of services operated between Baku and Istanbul.
Thus, the total number of flights operated in the Baku-Istanbul-Baku direction by AZAL will be increased from two to four times a week (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays). The fares are similar to those previously announced for the special flights which are planned before the end of August. We remind you that students can take advantage of a 30% discount when purchasing tickets. For this, once the booking is made on the website, they need to send a scanned copy of their immigration document and passport to the airline's call centre using the feedback form available on the website or through the WhatsApp messenger. Detailed video instruction on booking a discount ticket is available at
According to the new rules, only passengers who have been tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) will be allowed to board the flights. In view of this, the list of laboratories accredited by the Management Union of Medical Territorial Units (TABIB) where passengers can be tested for COVID-19 without a doctor’s appointment has expanded. The list can be found below:
- Referans Clinical Laboratory Centre;
- Leyla Medical Centre;
- Memorial Clinic;
- Bona Dea International Hospital;
- Inci Laboratories;
- Center for Control of Particularly Dangerous Infections;
- Caspian International Hospital;
As previously reported, upon departure from the Istanbul airport, at the check-in counter, you will need to present a certificate of negative COVID-19 test results issued by one of the clinics of “Memorial Sağlık Grubu” or other clinics from the list available on the website of the Ministry of Health of Turkey: https://covid19bilgi.saglik.gov.tr/tr/covid-19-yetkilendirilmis-tani-laboratuvarlari-listesi.
Passengers returning from other countries via Istanbul can provide a certificate of testing issued by a laboratory certified by the Ministry of Health (or other competent authority) of that country, or by passing tests in one of the Turkish clinics listed above.
In all cases, the test must be passed no later than 48 hours before the scheduled departure.