Perfectly connected to the world with up to more than 70 direct flights to various destinations and with over 20 airlines operating to the country, Baku enjoys all the mystique of an ancient Silk Road entrepot but it’s also a well-organized modern-day transport hub that dominates the eastern Caucasus region. Azerbaijan’s great emphasis on developing an excellent domestic and international transport infrastructure is most visible at Heydar Aliyev International Airport. The main air-gateway for Azerbaijan’s capital, it is an aesthetic delight of great architectural ingenuity and has been recognized as the best airport in the CIS for both facilities and service. New multi-lane highways mean that driving into the city is easily done in barely 25 minutes. Air links are especially numerous to European, Turkish, CIS and Middle-Eastern destinations, but direct flights go as far as New York and Beijing.