Tourism & Transport


Chinese AVIC holding wants to participate in construction of North-South highway by providing loans and granshare
/Mar 4/

YEREVAN – Deputy Prime Minister of Armenia Tigran Avinyan received the delegation of Chinese AVIC holding headed by led by the Corporation’s Chief Representative for Eastern Europe and Central Asia Sin Men.

As ARMENPRESS was informed from the Office of Tigran Avinyan, Sin Men presented the activities of the holding in road construction and design of infrastructures, as well as the spheres of interest for them in Armenia.

The interlocutors discussed issues referring to the construction of the southern part of North-South highway. Deputy PM Avinyan noted that the implementation of North-South projects remains among the priorities of the Armenian Government.

The representative of the Chinese holding said that given their experience in road construction, including in mountainous areas and in terms of construction of tunnels and bridges in seismic areas, they want to participate in the construction of the southern part of the highway and are ready to attract also Chinese loans on preferential terms and grants.

The sides agreed to continue the discussions and examine the opportunities for cooperation.

11.6% increase in passenger flow, as compared to February 2018
/Mar 5/Noyan Tapan/

In February of the current year the two airports of the Republic of Armenia served 166 451 people in total, thus exceeding the indicator of the same month of 2018 by 11.6%.  

As compared to February 2018, a 12.4% increase in passenger flow was observed at “Zvartnots” International Airport of Yerevan in the 2nd month of 2019. In February 2019 Zvartnots served 156,452 passengers against 139 216 of the past February.   

As for Shirak Airport of Gyumri, this February it served 9999 passengers, while this indicator was 9941 in February 2018. Thus, there has been an increase of 0.6%. 

Number of passengers in February 2018: 139 216
Number of passengers in February 2019: 156 452
Difference in %s: + 12.4 %
Number of passengers in February 2018:  9 941  
Number of passengers in February 2019:  9 999
Difference in %s: +   0.6
Number of passengers in February 2018: 149 157
Number of passengers in February 2019: 166 451
Difference in %s: + 11.6% 

Since the beginning of the year passenger flow at the two airports of Armenia has been 378 622   people, which exceeds the indicator of the same period of the previous year by 11.9%. 

In January-February 2019, at Zvartnots and Shirak airports there has also been recorded an increase of 10.6% in the number of takeoff-landings, as compared to the same period of the previous year.

Number of Iranian tourists visiting Armenia drops by 44.3% Number of Iranian tourists visiting Armenia drops by 44.3%
/Mar 6/

Zhoghovurd Daily writes: “The number of Iranian tourists visiting Armenia has considerably decreased. Zhoghovurd Daily found out about this from Armenia’s Statistical Committee. It turns out that last year, compared to the year 2017, the number of Iranian tourists decreased by 44.3%. Zhoghovurd Daily was informed that Iranian tourists have been preferring to spend their vacation in Georgia than in Armenia for the past two years since the services in Georgia are more affordable. Instead, the number of people visiting Armenia from Turkey has grown by 76.7%. The number of tourists from Russia has grown by 20.5%, and there are more tourists from Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands in Armenia,” writes the newspaper

Ryanair ‘Planning’ Flights to Armenia
/Mar 8/RFE/RL Armenian Report/Marine Khachatrian/

Belgium — A Boeing 737-8AS airplane of Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair approaches for landing at Brussels National Airport, April 21, 2017.Ryanair is planning to become the world’s first budget airline to launch regular flights between Europe and Armenia, the head of the Armenian government’s civil aviation department said on Friday.

The official, Tatevik Revazian, told RFE/RL’s Armenian service that she has held talks with senior executives of the Irish carrier in Dublin for that purpose.

 “We received a proposal and are now negotiating over that proposal,” she said. “They made clear that they want to enter the [Armenian aviation] market in 2020.”

 “They said that the average price of their tickets is 40 euros ($45). Obviously, they won’t be able to fly to Armenia at that price, but it definitely won’t be 350, 400 or 500 euros,” added Revazian. She did not give other details of the planned flights.

 “Ryanair can really revolutionize, completely transform our aviation market,” argued the 31-year-old official. “If Ryanair does enter the Armenian market I’m sure that air ticket prices will fall and passenger traffic from Europe to Armenia and also from Armenia to Europe will increase as a result.”

Armenia’s international air traffic has already grown rapidly since the liberalization of its civil aviation sector in 2013. The former Armenian government decided to switch to the so-called “open skies” policy following the bankruptcy of the Armavia national airline. Armavia had enjoyed exclusive rights to fly to Europe, the former Soviet Union and the Middle East for almost ten years.

The liberalization, strongly backed by Western donors, allowed local and foreign carriers meeting safety standards to carry out flights without any restrictions. This has led to lower ticket prices, giving a strong boost to the country’s burgeoning tourism industry. The number