YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Armenian Airlines will operate regular Yerevan-Milan-Yerevan flights beginning May 2–announced Armenian Airlines commercial director Artur Zakarian Thursday.
Flights will be operated once a week on Saturdays–with a stopover in Sofia–Bulgaria. The first flight will be made by a Tu154 plane–and no business-class is envisaged.
Passengers can purchase tickets valid for one year–six months–three months and 35 days–as well as group tickets for groups of no less than 10 people.
Armenia and Italy have no had direct transport link so far. Market research shows a direct flight will have a positive impact on the development of economic relations between the two countries.
Prerequisites are activation of Italian business in Armenia and establishment of an Armenian embassy in Italy. Zakarian emphasized the importance of signing an intergovernmental agreement on air connection between Armenia and Italy.
According to Zakarian–for the past year the company’s passenger turnover totaled 300,000 people. Regular flights are operated on 30 routes–six of which connect Armenia with Europe–including Amsterdam–Paris–Frankfurt–London–Athens and Sofia. Beginning June 1–the number of weekly flights to Paris and Frankfurt will be increased to two. So–the company will operate daily flights to Europe–and on some days 23 flights per day.
Jointly with "Swissair," Armenian Airlines is planing to operate Yerevan-Zurich-Yerevan flights twice a week as well. Under the agreement–the flights will be operated jointly–with tickets sold by both companies and the plane provided by Swissair. Also planned to is a Yerevan-Dehli flight.