Flights over Armenia increase by 40% in 2017 - civil aviation official  

14:58 • 26.12.17



The flights over the territory of Armenia have been increasing actively in 2017, recording about a 40% growth, a top civil aviation official said Tuesday, highlighting also a change in the number of air routes.


“The so-called Free Route Airspace concept was put into effect in Armenia in early December to allow airlines carrying out transit flights to enter into Armenia’s airspace from absolutely everywhere to later fly over, and exit from, the country without any hindrance. That helps airlines to save resources - both fuel and time,” Sergey Avetisyan, the head of the Government’s General Department on Civil Aviation, told reporters.


He added that their agency has worked effectively over the past year to make Armenia’s airspace attractive to foreign airlines. Avetisyan also highlighted an increase in the cargo transportation. “Over the past year, a total of 20,000 tons of goods have been transported from the Zvartnots International Airport. That’s 30% more compared to last year. Zvartnots now serves daily 30-35 regular flights carried out by 28 air carriers. There are certainly also unscheduled flights,” Avetisyan noted.


As for the diversified air routes, the official pointed out to the recently launched destinations to Astana (Kazakhstan), Damascus (Syria), Hurghada (Egypt), Tel Aviv (Israel) and Minsk (Belarus). Avetisyan added that the air company Armenia is additionally planning to launch weekly two flights to Lyon, France and Cologne, Germany.


In his words, the Turkmen Airlines will conduct their first flight from Ashgabad to Yerevan on tomorrow, using for the first time ever (for Armenia) the Fifth Freedom Flights principle.


“The proposed flight routes are Ashgabad-Yerevan, Yerevan-Frankfurt, Frankfurt-Yerevan and Yerevan-Ashgabad. If the flights really enjoy our passengers’ demand, I think there will be possibilities to increase their number in future,” he added.

 

 

Zani Haroyan





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