Stepanakert Airport to Meet International Standards, Says Official

Stepanakert Airport

STEPANAKERT—The Stepanakert Airport will meet all international standards and conform to security norms, said Mayor of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Vazgen Mikaelyan in an interview with the Voice of Moscow radio.

He said the Stepanakert Airport will operate in the same vein as it did in the 1980s, when it conducted Stepanakert-Yerevan flights.

“The opening of an airport is a necessity, with flights to facilitate travel opportunities both for Artsakh residents and guests of the country. I don’t believe that it runs counter to international norms,” the mayor stressed, adding that every possible measure will be taken to secure normal operation of the facility.

Meanwhile, the Aviation Subcommittee of the Armenian Public Council and the Artsakh Civil Aviation Department will hold a joint meeting in Stepanakert from May 26 to 28 to discuss preparations for the launch of the Stepanakert-Yerevan flight and mechanisms necessary such as ticket pricing, flight control and airspace usage.

Head of the Artsakh Civil Aviation Department, Dmitry Atbashyan told PanARMENIAN.Net earlier that Stepanakert airport is scheduled to be opened in summer.

In his interview to the Voice of Moscow, Stepanakert Mayor Mikaelyan said the city is rapidly developing.

“We must provide residents with normal, comfortable accommodation for living. First of all this relates to the utilities and communication system,” said Mikaelyan, who added that a program to provide 24-hour water supply to residents will be implemented in 2012.

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