ArmInfo. Pobeda low-cost air carrier launched on Monday the sale of tickets from Moscow (Vnukovo airport) to Gyumri, the second largest city of Armenia. Until the end of the winter schedule, no fewer than 10,000 tickets are sale at the price of 999 Russian rubles, including all taxes and fees. The company reports that within the framework of Fly&Bus service, Pobeda offers the new flight passengers to make use of transfer services to Yerevan.
Pobeda will make flights to Gyumri starting from December 15, thrice a week - on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The departure from Moscow (Vnukovo airport) will presumably be at 8.00 am, and the arrival in Gyumri will be at 11.50 am. The departure from Gyumri will be scheduled for 12.25 pm, and the arrival in Moscow will be at 2.25 pm. On Sundays, the flight hours will be made an hour earlier. Pobeda uses a Boeing 737-800. Travel.ru reports that on the first days of the sales the price will be 1019 RUR (luggage, hand-luggage charges and other fees exclusive). This price will be available for almost all flights of December and January. In February and March the price of one-way tickets for most of the flights will start from 2552 RUR. In addition, Pobeda offers bus services from Gyumri to Yerevan for extra 510 RUR.
To recall, the price of Pobeda tickets does not include the charge of luggage weighing more than 10kg and part of the hand-luggage. No food is served on board the plane regardless of the flight duration. The attempts to take food in a separate package will be considered as a paid hand-luggage and 2000 RUR will be charged for that. In case the ticket is bought on Pobeda's website at the minimum tariff "Standard", the company includes paid insurance in the price. To prevent this, one needs to remove the mark from the relevant item at the bottom of the page of additional services. The choice of the seat costs 149 to 999 RUR.
To note, no flights have been conducted from Shiak airport in Gyumri for a long period of time. The only flight Gyumri-Moscow was suspended in the beginning of this year. To note, "Shirak" airport is part of "Armenia" International Airports" CJS, established by the famous Argentinean businessman of Armenian descent Eduardo Eurnekian. The airport "Shirak" of Gyumri can be considered the second international alternate airport of Armenia.
On October 20, while presenting the government program for the next three years, Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan stated in Parliament that the Armenian government intended to re-launch the airport in Gyumri, the second largest city of Armenia. According to him the government would hold negotiations with a number of low-cost companies for this purpose.