Oct 29, 2010

Armavia aircompany improves position in major Armenian taxpayers’ list

Armenian International Airports came 16th in the list of 1000 major Armenian taxpayers, having paid AMD 2,8 billion to state budget.
Based on the results of the third quarter of 2010, Armavia aircompany showed improvement, appearing in the 67th position against 128th in 2009.
Mika Corporation CJSC retained its position still occupying the 14th place in the list, with AMD 3 billion budget payment, State Revenue Committee reported.

Source: panarmenian.net

Oct 20, 2010

Armavia to start operating flights to two new destinations in Ukraine

Armavia, Armenian National Air Company, starts operating direct flights to Ukrainian cities of Dnepropetrovsk and Donetsk, Nana Avetisova, press secretary of the company, said on Wednesday.

“Flights to Dnepropetrovsk will be launched on October 31 and operated every Sunday, and to Donetsk on November 5 in Fridays,” she said.

Now Armavia operates flight to other Ukrainian cities – Kiev, Simferopol, Odessa, Kharkov, Dnepropetrovsk and Donetsk.

Armavia operates more than 100 flights a week to 25 destinations in 20 countries.

The air company transported 700,000 passengers in 2009.

The company has nine aircrafts.

Source: arka.am

Oct 5, 2010

Nagorno-Karabakh To Reopen Airport

STEPANAKERT -- Authorities in the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh are pressing ahead with plans to reopen the disputed territory's sole civilian airport, which was shut down nearly two decades ago.

Flights to and from the airport, located 8 kilometers east of Stepanakert, had been discontinued in 1991 amid intensifying armed clashes in and around Karabakh, which degenerated into a full-scale Armenian-Azerbaijani war.

Transport and communication between the territory and the outside world have since been carried out only by land, through Armenia.

The Karabakh government decided last year to reopen the airport, which was severely damaged during the 1991-92 war, and raised about 1 billion drams ($2.8 million) for its reconstruction from unspecified "charitable sources." It began building a new airport terminal and repairing the runway shortly afterward.

Karabakh officials said earlier this year that a flight service between Stepanakert and Yerevan could be launched in mid-October.

Bako Sahakian, the president of the unrecognized republic, made clear that this would not happen before the end of this year when he inspected the facility, which is still under construction, on October 5.

According to Karabakh's urban development minister, Karen Shahramanian, work on the terminal building will be completed in November. He told RFE/RL's Armenian Service that air navigation equipment was now being installed at the airport.

It is expected that Karabakh, at least in the near future, will have a regular flight service only with Armenia. Its unresolved status makes direct air communication with other countries all but impossible.

It is not yet clear whether the Stepanakert-Yerevan flights will be carried out by Armenia's national airline Armavia. Officials have said only that a one-way air ticket to the Armenian capital will cost 16,000 drams ($45).

By comparison, the current fare for a minibus trip from Stepanakert to Yerevan, which takes between six and seven hours, is 5,000 drams per person.

A random street poll of Stepanakert residents conducted by RFE/RL suggested that many locals will be willing to pay a higher price for much shorter and more convenient travel.

"We won't be tired of long trips," said one man. "It should be interesting," noted another.

Source:  rferl.org

Oct 4, 2010

Armavia to increase number of flights to Moscow from October 10

Armavia air company increases the number of flights to Moscow, bringing them to 6 flights a day.
According to the company’s press service, Armavia will launch Yerevan-Moscow (Domodedovo)-Yerevan regular flights from October 10, 2010.
Thus, the air company will be implementing three flights per day to Domodedovo airport and three flights per day to Vnukovo airport from October 10.

Source: panarmenian.net