Zvartnots International Airport

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Zvartnots International Airport
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Zvartnots International Airport
IATA: EVNICAO: UDYZ
EVN is located in Armenia
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Location of airport in Armenia
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner General Department of Civil Aviation of Armenia
Operator Armenia International Airports CJSC
Serves Yerevan
Location Zvartnots, Armenia
Hub for Air Armenia
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
Website www.zvartnots.aero
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 3,850 12,631 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2013)
Number of Passengers 1,691,715
Soure: Armenian AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]

Zvartnots International Airport (Armenian: Զվարթնոց Միջազգային Օդանավակայան Zvart'nots' Mijazgayin Odanavakayan) (IATA: EVNICAO: UDYZ) is located near Zvartnots, 12 km (7.5 mi) west[1] of Yerevan, the capital city of Armenia. The airport was built in 1961. It is now the busiest airport in Armenia and the second busiest of the Caucasus after Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku. The draftsmen of the airport included architects M. Khachikyan, A. Tarkhanyan, J. Sheqhlyan, L. Cherkezyan and designers H. Tigranyan, Arthur Meschian, 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.

History[edit]

When Armenia declared its independence from the Soviet Union in the 1990s, the growth of cargo shipments resulted in the construction of a new cargo terminal in 1998 that can handle about 100,000 tonnes 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 company Corporation America, which is in turn owned by Armenian Argentine businessman Eduardo Eurnekian. As part of that agreement, Armenia International Airports CJSC renovated and expanded the airport in order for it to serve tourism and commerce between Asia and Europe.

Renovation and expansion work began in 2004, culminating in the opening of a new international terminal on 1 June 2007, after 40 months of work. Another terminal opened on 16 September 2011.

In 2010, Zvartnots airport handled 1,612,016 passengers and 9,783 aircraft movements, a respective 11.4% and 12.5% increase over the previous year's figures.[4]

The airport is able to accept aircraft up to and including the Antonov An-124, Boeing 747-400 and Airbus 380.[3][5][6]

The airport manager is the Armenian Argentine businessman Juan Pablo Gechidjian.[7]

On 30 January 2013, Zvartnots airport was named best airport in the CIS during the Emerging Markets Airports Award (EMAA) ceremonies held in Dubai, UAE.[8]

Expansion[edit]

Inside the main hall

In 2004, the construction of a new international terminal began, at a cost of US$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 14 September 2006 the newly built arrivals hall was opened. The new international terminal with its departures section was opened on 1 June 2007.

New terminal – Departures Hall

An additional investment of US$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 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. New parking has been created, with capacity for 1,000 vehicles. Many international airlines now operate from Zvartnots, connecting Yerevan to the world.

The arrival 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 the customs. The airport's waiting areas and passenger service areas have been renovated, with Wi-Fi, together with the enhancement of the duty-free shops and restaurants.

Runway 09 is equipped with an ILS CAT II, which enables aircraft operations in low ceiling (30 meters) and visibility (350 meters).[9]

Departures Hall

In the spring of 2008, the construction of a new passenger terminal began, in order to supplement the existing concourse. The project was completed in September 2011. The new passenger terminal, occupying 52,000 m2 (560,000 sq ft), doubled the number of passenger check-in counters and security control points. A new underground parking lot was built, with a parking area for more than 800 cars, and occupying 2,000 m2 (22,000 sq ft). With the completion of the terminal, "Zvartnots" International Airport is the only airport in the Caucasus that corresponds to the rating B.[10] The airport can now serve 3.5 million passengers annually.[11] The entire project cost was $160 million, part of which was on loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).[12] The new terminal started operating on 16 September 2011.[11]

Security[edit]

To comply with the international air regulations, Armenia International Airports has improved security at Zvartnots. One hundred and fifty surveillance cameras have been installed at the airport, inside the buildings and in open spaces. Yerevan airport is guarded by Russian Federation and Armenian guards.[13]

The modernization effort has included the implementation of a new 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 equipped with free Wi-Fi Internet connection.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Scheduled flights[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo
Aeroflot
operated by Donavia
Mineralnye Vody, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi, Krasnodar
Aeroflot
operated by Rossiya
Saint Petersburg
Air Arabia Sharjah
Air Armenia Athens,[14]Frankfurt (begins 2 September 2014),[14] Krasnodar, Moscow-Vnukovo, Nizhny Novgorod, Paris-Charles de Gaulle,[14] Saint Petersburg, Samara, Sochi
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Ak Bars Aero Kazan
Alitalia Rome-Fiumicino[15]
Arkia Israel Airlines Seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion[16]
Austrian Airlines
operated by Tyrolean Airways
Vienna
Belavia Minsk-National
Czech Airlines Prague
Dniproavia Dnipropetrovsk,[17] Kharkiv
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi[18]
flydubai Dubai
IrAero Omsk
Iran Aseman Airlines Tehran-Imam Khomeini
Izhavia Seasonal: Anapa, Izhevsk
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw-Chopin
Mahan Air Tehran-Imam Khomeini
Middle East Airlines Beirut[19]
Orenair Orenburg
NordStar Airlines Krasnoyarsk-Yemelyanovo
Polet Airlines Voronezh

Seasonal: Belgorod

RusLine Volgograd
S7 Airlines Chelyabinsk, Moscow-Domodedovo, Novosibirsk
Saravia Saratov
SCAT Aktau
Syrian Air Damascus, Qamishli[20]
Transaero Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo, Moscow-Vnukovo[21]
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev-Boryspil
Seasonal: Donetsk (suspended),[22][23] Odessa
Ural Airlines Nizhny Novgorod, Saint Petersburg, Samara, Ufa,[24] Yekaterinburg
UTair Aviation Krasnodar, Mineralnye Vody, Moscow-Vnukovo, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi, Surgut
VIM Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo[25]
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona[26]
Yakutia Airlines Irkutsk, Krasnodar
Yamal Airlines Tyumen, Ufa

Seasonal charter flights[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Heraklion, Rhodes, Thessaloniki
Air Armenia Larnaca
Air Europa Barcelona
Air Malta Malta
AMC Airlines Sharm el-Sheikh
Bulgaria Air Burgas, Varna
Bulgarian Air Charter Burgas, Varna
Estonian Air Tallinn
Montenegro Airlines Podgorica

Cargo flights[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Armenia Frankfurt
Coyne Airways Tbilisi

Traffic and statistics[edit]

Year 2005[27] 2006[28] 2007[28] 2008[29] 2009[4] 2010[4] 2011[30] 2012[31] 2013 (Jan–Nov)[32] 2014 (Jan–Jun)[33]
Departing passenger traffic 546,000 562,825 698,614 751,310 729,835 816,866 807,953 845,700 769,566
Arriving passenger traffic 547,400 562,873 688,388 628,690 717,562 795,150 792,944 846,115 768,825
Total passenger traffic 1,111,400 1,125,698 1,387,002 1,480,000 1,447,397 1,612,016 1,600,891 1,691,815 1,538,391 867,900
Exported freight (tons) 3,701 4,080 3,515 4,000 3,100 3,300 4,741 6,687
Imported freight (tons) 5,418 5,196 6,489 6,700 5,200 5,500 5,273 5,564
Total freight (tons) 9,119 9,276 10,004 10,774 8,400 8,800 10,014 12,251 9,199
Aircraft movements (departure and landing) 6,897 6,746 7,953 8,624 8,699 9,783 9,858 10,392 7,882 9,863

Ground transportation[edit]

Bus No. 201 connects the airport with the crossroads of Sayat-Nova and Mashtots streets in Yerevan. Bus No. 108 also connects the city center with the airport. The Armenian government plans to have Yerevan Metro extended to Yerevan Zvartnots Airport either with an extension to the current line or to have a brand new line built. There are also taxis.

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On 14 February 2008, Belavia Flight 1834, a Bombardier CRJ-100ER en route from Yerevan, Armenia, to Minsk hit its left wing on the runway during takeoff, flipping over and coming to a stop inverted near the runway. All 18 passengers and three crew members escaped the aircraft before it burst into flames, partly due to the timely response of the fire and rescue crew of the airport. The main cause of the crash was icing contamination leading to a stall of the left wing.[34]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b EAD Basic
  2. ^ Image caption on Zvartnots Airport, in Soviet Armenian Encyclopedia. Yerevan, Armenian SSR, 1986. vol. xii, 512.
  3. ^ a b General Department of Civil Aviation of Armenia – Airport Information
  4. ^ a b c panarmenian.net – Overall passenger transportation via Zvartnots airport reached 1.6mln in 2010
  5. ^ Armats.am – Aerodrome ground Movement and Aircraft Parking Chart
  6. ^ Airport website – Handles any type of modern commercial aircraft
  7. ^ Armtown News Article – Will Eduardo Eurnekian Take Up Management of Gyumri Airport?
  8. ^ panarmenian.net – Armenia’s Zvartnots named best airport in CIS
  9. ^ Armats.com – Navigation Services
  10. ^ News.am – New passenger terminal opened in Zvartnots Armenian airport
  11. ^ a b PanArmenian.net – Zvartnots hi-tech airport terminal opens in Yerevan
  12. ^ Airports of the World – May/June 2010 | Issue 29, p.15
  13. ^ European Commission against Racism and Intolerance "ECRI REPORT ON ARMENIA (fourth monitoring cycle)." 8 February 2011. p. 23.
  14. ^ a b c "Schedule". Air Armenia CJSC. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  15. ^ corporate.alitalia.it – Network
  16. ^ http://armenianow.com/news/40870/armenia_israel_direct_flight_arkia
  17. ^ "Flight schedule". "Dniproavia" airlines. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  18. ^ http://www.armradio.am/en/2013/12/16/etihad-airways-launches-services-to-yerevan/
  19. ^ http://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/159034/
  20. ^ panarmenian.net – 68 passengers arrive by Damascus- Qamishli –Yerevan flight
  21. ^ ""Трансаэро" открывает второй ежедневный рейс между Москвой и Ереваном из аэропорта Внуково". Aviation Explorer. 30 May 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  22. ^ Notice for passengers
  23. ^ "Flights". Ukraine International Airlines. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  24. ^ "Ufa-Erevan: Ural Airlines’ New Direct Flight". uralairlines.ru/en. 16 October 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  25. ^ http://aviation.am/index.php/en/activities/schedule
  26. ^ vueling.com - Barcelona-Yerevan
  27. ^ General Department of Civil Aviation of Armenia – 2005–2006 Statistics
  28. ^ a b General Department of Civil Aviation of Armenia – 2006–2007 Statistics
  29. ^ 2008 Statistics for Zvartnots airport Dead link
  30. ^ panarmenian.net – Zvartnots Airport serviced over 1,6 million passengers in 2011
  31. ^ panarmenian.net – Zvartnots Airport posts passenger traffic of 1,7 million in 2012
  32. ^ Zvartnots Airport posts passenger traffic of 1 538 391 in Jan–Nov
  33. ^ lragir.am - 42% increase in flights and 63,000 (43%) more passengers
  34. ^ Interstate Aviation Committee (MAK) (4 June 2009). "Final Report of Belavia Flight 1834". Retrieved 31 August 2009.