ArmInfo. The General Department of Civil Aviation (GDCA) of Armenia is developing a concept for the revival of small aircraft in the country. Answering the question of the correspondent of ArmInfo, the Head of the State Archives Administration Sergey Avetisyan stated this.
He noted that the administration is currently carrying out an inventory of some regional airfields functioning in Soviet times, with the aim of revealing their real condition, assessing possible investments and the level of efficiency in case of their involvement.
"We believe that the small aviation of Armenia has a future, but the degree of its development will depend on the availability of market demand for its services. Our business today is to give a real assessment of the state of the sphere, make preliminary investment calculations and show possible scenarios for its further development. In a word, we have so far set out to create a basis, prerequisites, and further steps will depend solely on demand, since the restored regional airfields should be cost-effective for those companies that will operate them and organize flights in the future, "the head of the GDCA stressed.
He noted that the complexity of concept preparation lies in the fact that the process of revival of small aircraft will have to start from a very low base, almost from scratch. Therefore, first of all, it will be necessary to approach this process from the point of view of geographical location.
To recall, just the other day it was officially announced the beginning of construction work on the passenger terminal of the airport in the city of Kapan in the southeast of Armenia. In July, work began on leveling the site and reconstructing the runway. The total budget of the project is about $ 2 million. Earlier, in a conversation with ArmInfo correspondent, the governor of Syunik region Vahe Hakobyan noted that the airport operation need is conditioned by the desire to resume the air communication of the region with the country's capital and other regions. Answering a question about whether it is possible to carry out flights from the Kapan airport to the NKR capital Stepanakert, the governor theoretically did not rule out this: "In any case, nothing prevents it." Speaking about the availability of flights for the population, the Governor assured that all the calculations have already been made, the tickets will be so affordable that regular passenger traffic will be guaranteed. There are also agreements on the acquisition of several short- range beads.