ArmInfo. Armenia Air Company opens flights to Lebanon. Flights to London will become available since May, and already by this summer Armenian air company promises to launch regular flights to Barselona and Brussels. This was stated by Gevorg Khachatryan, the Deputy Director of Armenia Air Company during his conversation with ArmInfo reporter on January 31 in Yerevan.
New flights from Yerevan to Lebanon will be launched on April 3. The flight will be implemented by Boeing air craft on Mondays at 7:00 AM (local time). The flight time is 2 hours and 25 minutes. The price of ticket will be at 170 EUR. All the documentation is received and we plan to opent the fligh in the nearest future," Gevorg Khachatryan stated.
What is to European routes, announced yer in March 2016, the company will start implementing the flights to London starting with May. According to clarifications of Armenia representative, these flights will be implemented within joint efforts of Armenian and Georgian company of Georgian Airways. Starting the route in Yerevan, the craft will pick also passengers from Tbilisi and fly to London.. The company plans also to set regular flights to Teheran starting from March. By today, regular flights are implemented to Voronezh and Minvody.
To recall, on 16 March 2015 "Armenia" air carrier received a certificate to make regular flights. The relevant decision was taken during a meeting at the Armenian Ministry of Economy. At present, the company's fleet includes two Boeings - 737-500 and 737-700, though the business plan stipulated 6 planes.
The founders of the "Armenia" air carrier are Ashot Torosyan (51% stake), Tamaz Gaiashvili (25%) and Robert Hovhannisyan (24%). Tamaz Gaiashvili is the founder of the Georgian "Airzena" company and the former chairman of the company's Board of Directors, while Robert Hovhannisyan is the former deputy chairman.
To recall, the national air carrier of Armenia - Armavia - suspended its flights on 1 April 2013 and launched the bankruptcy procedure. In 2014 the same happened to Air Armenia. On October 23, 2013, the Armenian government approved the programme implying provision of competitive and long-term air transportation services in the country. The program is based on a joint study of McKinsey & Company and National Competitiveness Foundation of Armenia. The "open sky" policy that was announced in the country in 2013 sparked a large- scale exodus of foreign companies from the Armenian market. To note, according to GDCA by the end of 2016 passenger flow through Yerevan ''Zvartnots'' international airport will exceed 2 mln. As of today the following companies carryout flights to Armenia: "Armenia", Aegean Airways, Georgian Airways, Iraqi Airways, Al Naser, Mahan Air, Middle East airways, S7 Airlines, Czech, LOT, Russian ''Saratov Airlines'' and '' Ural Airlines'', ". Nordwind Airlines'', "PEGAS FLY'', UTair", "Pobeda'' Russian low-cost company.