First Baku-Tbilisi-Kars train departs from Turkey’s Mersin
MERSIN – Anadolu Agency
The train, consisting of 16 wagons and 32 containers, was loaded with 650 tons of agricultural products and ceramic adhesive. It will cover a distance of 2,100 kilometers (1,304 miles) to reach Azerbaijan’s capital Baku.
The first trip was launched with an inauguration ceremony on Oct. 30 in Baku, which was attended by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili.
The train reached Mersin on Nov. 4, making its first stop at the northeastern province of Kars and covering 1,258 kilometers in 30 hours.
“We plan to get the train back to Baku in 75-80 hours. This is an important timeframe. It is important to transmit shipment to Baku from Mersin in this time slot for our exporters and industrialists,” he said.
“We aim to reach Turkmenistan in 100 hours and Kazakhstan’s capital city of Astana in 180 hours,” Kurt added.