ArmInfo. Pobeda air company passenger traffic on Moscow- Gyumri flights grew by 10% after allowing Russian citizens to enter Armenia by domestic passport.
"Thanks to the permission to Russian citizens to enter Armenia by domestic passport, the passenger traffic of Pobeda on Moscow-Gyumri flights grew by 10%. Now the average load in this direction is 97%>, - Pobeda official representative told Moscow agency.
He added that from March 2017 on the flights between Moscow and Gyumri, air company carried 1 thousand 283 passengers on Russian passports. Since the beginning of flights in this direction (since December 15, 2016), Pobeda carried 23.9 thousand people, 5 thousand of them bought a ticket for 999 rubles(almost 20%).
To note, Armenia adopted the state for foreign citizens enter by domestic passport. The appropriate decree was approved during February 16th governmental meeting. As the Armenian Justice Minister Arpine Hovhannisyan explained, in all the cases when by the intergovernmental agreements of Armenia, the possibility of enter of the foreign citizen to Armenian soil by domestic passports is provided, the Government will set a new order of border trespassing without marks in passports. "In opposite case, the identity document will not be valid in the country of residence, which does not provide the possibility of sealing of such a mark in domestic passport", stated the Minister. Besides, from now on, the domestic passport of the given foreign citizen will be considered in Armenia as a document of identity. "This decision will stimulate the inbound tourism development in Armenia, particularly from Russia", stated Arpine Hovhannisyan. The project is coordinated with NSC and MFA of Armenia.