Shirak Airport

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Shirak International Airport
Շիրակ Օդանավակայան
Shirak airport2.JPG
IATA: LWNICAO: UDSG
LWN is located in Armenia
LWN
LWN
Location of airport in Armenia
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner General Department of Civil Aviation of Armenia
Operator Armenia International Airports CJSC, owned by Corporation America
Serves Gyumri
Location Gyumri, Shirak, Armenia
Elevation AMSL 5,000 ft / 1,524 m
Coordinates 40°45′01″N 43°51′33″E / 40.75028°N 43.85917°E / 40.75028; 43.85917
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
02/20 10,564 3,220 Asphalt

Shirak International Airport (IATA: LWNICAO: UDSG) is an international airport serving Gyumri and the province of Shirak, Armenia. It is located about 5 km from the center of Gyumri. The airport was inaugurated in 1961, and is the second largest airport in the country, after Yerevan's Zvartnots International Airport.[1] The airport has scheduled flights to Moscow, Rostov-on-Don and Sochi.

At the start of 2006, Armenia felt the importance of having a second international airport, when adverse weather conditions meant that many flights had to be diverted from Yerevan’s Zvartnots International Airport into Gyumri’s Shirak Airport. New air traffic control equipment allowed airport workers to identify planes within a 400 km radius.[1] The equipment is a newly developed system and according to the Czech company that implemented it, this is the first time it has been installed at an airport in a mountainous location, and the experience from its installation will serve as a model for its future installation in other regions. Runway 02 is equipped with an ILS CAT I, enabling aircraft operations in low ceiling (60 meters) and visibility (800 meters).[2]

New ownership[edit]

Shirak Airport Terminal

On August 3, 2007, the government of Armenia announced that it had agreed to include the management of operations at Armenia's second largest airport (Shirak) in the 30-year concession agreement that it signed with Armenia International Airports CJSC in December 2001 to take over operations at Zvartnots International Airport. Armenia International Airports CJSC is owned by Corporacion America, an Argentine company which operates several airports across South America, which is owned in turn by Eduardo Eurnekian.

According to Artem Movsisian, head of the General Department of Civil Aviation of Armenia, Corporacion America will to turn the airport in Gyumri into a first-class airport. He also said the company has pledged to invest $10 million in 2007 to start modernization programme and within the upcoming years it will invest more to make the airport comply with international standards. Among other commitments is to provide free landing and take-off services to the Armenian Military.

Shirak Airport was closed for renovations from June 20 until October 20, 2007, during which time the runway was repaved and work was done on the airport lighting and the main terminal.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Ural Airlines Saint Petersburg
VIM Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo

Statistics[edit]

Year 2005 [3] 2006 [4] 2007 [4] 2008 [5] 2009 [5]
Departing passenger traffic 18,800 24,011 11,339 12,911 11,018
Arriving passenger traffic 27,300 22,399 7,291 9357 9089
Total passenger traffic 46,100 46,410 18,630 22,268 20,107
Exported freight (tons) 20 3.1 N/A 2.0 0.13
Imported freight (tons) 126 15 6.2 62.6 2.43
Total freight (tons) 146 18.1 6.2 64.5 2.56
Aircraft movements (departure or landing) 472 355 166 144 172

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Armenian Civil Aviation Department - Gyumri Airport
  2. ^ Armats.com - Navigation Services
  3. ^ [1] General Department of Civil Aviation of Armenia - 2005-2006 Statistics
  4. ^ a b [2] General Department of Civil Aviation of Armenia - 2006-2007 Statistics
  5. ^ a b [3] General Department of Civil Aviation of Armenia - 2008-2009 Statistics

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