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Zvartnots International Airport
Զվարթնոց Միջազգային Օդակայան
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Zvartnots International Airport
IATA: EVNICAO: UDYZ
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner General Department of Civil Aviation of Armenia
Operator Armenia International Airports CJSC
Serves Yerevan
Location Zvartnots
Hub for Armavia
Elevation AMSL 2,838 ft / 865 m
Coordinates 40°08′50″N 044°23′45″E / 40.14722°N 44.39583°E / 40.14722; 44.39583 (Zvartnots International Airport)Coordinates: 40°08′50″N 044°23′45″E / 40.14722°N 44.39583°E / 40.14722; 44.39583 (Zvartnots International Airport)
Website Zvartnots Airport Website
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 3,850 12,631 Asphalt/Concrete
Soure: Armenian AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]

Zvartnots International Airport (Armenian: Զվարթնոց Միջազգային Օդանավակայան Zvart'nots' Mijazgayin Odanavakayan) (IATA: EVNICAO: UDYZ) is located near Zvartnots, 10 km (6.2 mi) west[1] of Yerevan, the capital city of Armenia. The airport was built in 1961. The draftsmen of the airport included architects M. Khachikyan, A. Tarkhanyan, J. Sheqhlyan, L. Cherkezyan and designers H. Tigranyan, A. Meschyan, and constructor M. Baghdasaryan.[2] The airport was renovated in the 1980s with the development of a new terminal area, in order to meet domestic traffic demands within the Soviet Union.

When Armenia declared its independence from the Soviet Union in the 1990s, the considerable growth of cargo shipments resulted in the construction of a new cargo terminal in 1998, with modern technical equipment that can handle about 100,000 tons of cargo annually.[3]

In 2001, a 30-year concession agreement for the management of operations at the airport was signed with Armenia International Airports CJSC, owned by Argentine American company Corporation America, which is in turn owned by Armenian Argentine businessman Eduardo Eurnekian. As part of that agreement, Armenia International Airports CJSC committed itself to renovate and expand the airport in order for it to become a vital link for tourism and commerce between Asia and Europe, as well as to modernize its facilities and services.

As part of those commitments, renovation and expansion work began in 2004, culminating in the opening of a new international terminal on June 1, 2007, after 40 months of work. Yet another terminal is going to be built, housing passenger check-in counters and customs control. It is planned to open in 2012.[4]

In 2006, Zvartnots airport handled a total of 1,125,698 passengers, representing an increase of 1.3% over the previous year.[5]

In 2007, that number grew to 1,387,002 passengers, a 23.2% increase over the previous year, and in 2009 the total number of passengers grew to 1,480,000. [5]

Recently, the airport has undergone major constructions, including the arrivals section, and a new terminal. After these constructions, the airport is capable of handling 2,000,000 passengers a year, thus making Zvartnots International Airport the most modern and high class airport in the Caucasus region.

Currently, the airport's manager is Juan Pablo Guechigian.[6]

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Recent and ongoing expansion

In 2004, the construction of a new international terminal began, at a cost of USD$100 million. It covers an area of 19,200 m2 (207,000 sq ft) and can handle 2 million passengers a year. The building of this terminal is part of the 30-year concession agreement signed by the Armenian Government and Armenia International Airports.

On September 14, 2006 the newly built arrivals hall was opened. The new international terminal with its departures section was opened on June 1, 2007.

An additional investment of USD$100 million will be carried out until 2010. Improvements at Zvartnots will involve a total investment of 164 million for the next 30 years. Armenia International Airports CJSC has already allocated over €70 million to the first phase, which included a 19,200 m2 (207,000 sq ft) extension of the premises and a refurbishment of around 45,000 m2 (480,000 sq ft).

Now that the first phase is complete, the airport boasts a 54,000 m2 (580,000 sq ft) runway and 45,000 m2 (480,000 sq ft) of building, of which the new terminal occupies 25,000 m2 (270,000 sq ft) area. In order to adapt to the forthcoming increase in visitors, new parking has been created, with capacity for 1,000 vehicles. Many international airlines will now operate from Zvartnots, connecting Yerevan to the world's most important cities, including London, Moscow, Paris, Vienna. Altogether around 60 routes will be scheduled to fly from Zvartnots.

In addition, the company has focused on improving visitor's comfort within the terminal. Arrivals hall capacity has been doubled to reach a volume of over 1,000 passengers per hour, and passenger management will be streamlined thanks to a substantial expansion of customs. Finally, the airport's waiting areas and passenger service areas have been extensively renovated, with availability of Wi-Fi, together with the enhancement of the duty-free shops' and restaurants.

Furthermore, a new terminal is under construction and will be put into operation in 2011. It will be able to serve 3 million passengers annually.[7]

Security

In order to comply with the international air regulations, Armenia International Airports has made a great effort to improve security at Zvartnots. Amongst other measures, 150 surveillance cameras have been installed at the airport, both inside the buildings and in open spaces.

The modernization effort has been significant, including the implementation of an innovative flight information display system (FIDS) as well as a new automated and biometric-identification system for baggage check-in and passenger control. All buildings are now also equipped with free Wi-Fi Internet connection.

Airlines and destinations

New terminal with an Alania Airlines Yak-42 parked at gate
Old terminal and control tower as seen from tarmac
New terminal
Airlines Destinations
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo
Air Armenia Astrakhan, Saratov, Tbilisi, Zaporizhia
airBaltic Riga
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Air Volga Volgograd
Armavia Aleppo, Amsterdam, Astrakhan, Athens, Bahrain, Beirut, Berlin-Tegel, Dubai, Kharkiv, Istanbul-Atatürk, Kiev-Boryspil, Krasnodar, Larnaca, Marseilles [seasonal], Mineralnye Vody, Moscow-Domodedovo, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Moscow-Vnukovo, Nizhniy Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Odessa, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Rome-Fiumicino, Rostov-on-Don, Saint Petersburg, Samara, Simferopol, Sochi, Stavropol, Tel Aviv [begins 28 March], Vladikavkaz, Voronezh, Yekaterinburg, Zürich
Atlantis European Airways Prague, Vienna
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Belavia Minsk
bmi London-Heathrow
Caspian Airlines Tehran-Imam Khomeini
Czech Airlines Prague
Donavia Rostov-on-Don, Sochi
Donbassaero Donetsk, Kiev-Boryspil
Dniproavia Dnepropetrovsk
Kavminvodyavia Mineralnye Vody
Kuban Airlines Krasnodar
Polet Airlines Voronezh
Rossiya Saint Petersburg
S7 Airlines Chelyabinsk, Moscow-Domodedovo, Novosibirsk
Saravia Saratov
SCAT Aktau
Syrian Air Aleppo
Tatarstan Airlines Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod
Ural Airlines Samara, Yekaterinburg
UTair Aviation Sochi
Yamal Airlines Tyumen

Statistics

Year 2005 [8] 2006 [5] 2007 [5] 2008 [9] 2009 (Nov) [10]
Departing Passenger Traffic 546,000 562,825 698,614 679,670
Arriving Passenger Traffic 547,400 562,873 688,388 728,690 647,438
Total Passenger Traffic 1,111,400 1,125,698 1,387,002 1,480,000 1,327,108
Exported freight (tons) 3,701 4,080 3,515 4,000 2,907
Imported freight (tons) 5,418 5,196 6,489 6,700 4,668
Total freight (tons) 9,119 9,276 10,004 10,774 7,575
Aircraft movements (departure and landing) 6,897 6,746 7,953 8,624 7,905

Access to airport

Bus #201 connects the airport with the crossroads of Sayat-Nova and Mashtots streets in Yerevan. Bus #108 also connects the city center with the airport.

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