Shirak Airport

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Shirak Airport

Շիրակ Միջազգային Oդանավակայան
Shirak Airport (exterior).jpg
Summary
Airport typeInternational / Military
OwnerGeneral Department of Civil Aviation of Armenia
OperatorArmenia International Airports CJSC
ServesGyumri
LocationGyumri, Shirak, Armenia
Elevation AMSL5,000 ft / 1,524 m
Coordinates40°45′01″N 43°51′33″E / 40.75028°N 43.85917°E / 40.75028; 43.85917
Map
LWN is located in Armenia
LWN
LWN
Location of airport in Armenia
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
02/20 10,564 3,220 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Number of PassengersIncrease 165,946

Shirak Airport (Armenian: Շիրակ միջազգային օդանավակայան, (IATA: LWN, ICAO: 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]

History[edit]

The airport terminal was built in 1982 by architects Levon Christophorian and Ruben Asratyan. However, after the earthquake in 1988, the airport became largely inoperable and practically unused until it was partially renewed in 2004. At the start of 2006, Armenia felt the importance of having a second 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 radar systems that make it possible to identify aircraft within a 400 km radius were installed in 2006.[1]

On December 26, 2018 it was reported by Hripsime Grigoryan, the head of the Tourism Committee, an affiliation of the Ministry of Economic Development and Investments, that European low-cost airlines are ready to enter the Armenian market, According to her, to that end a set of negotiations were held with a number of European low-cost airlines. She said in all likelihood the low-cost airlines will operate flights to Armenia’s second-largest town of Gyumri.

Overview[edit]

Runway 02 is equipped with an ILS CAT I, enabling aircraft operations in low ceiling (60 meters) and visibility (800 meters).[2] The airport is also equipped with a new Air Traffic Control Tower, and a new boiler room, both built as part of the renewal project.

Shirak Airport Terminal

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Pobeda Moscow–Vnukovo[3]
Seasonal: Rostov-on-Don-Platov, Saint Petersburg
Ural Airlines Seasonal: Moscow-Domodedovo, Rostov-on-Don-Platov, Samara

Statistics[edit]

Year 2005[4] 2006[5] 2007[5] 2008[6] 2016 2017 2018
Departing passenger traffic 18,800 24,011 11,339 12,911 6,593 52,828 83,574
Arriving passenger traffic 27,300 22,399 7,291 9357 5,828 52,836 82,372
Total passenger traffic 46,100 46,410 18,630 22,268 12,421 105,664 165,946
Exported freight (tons) 20 3.1 N/A 2.0 4 1.3 0.3
Imported freight (tons) 126 15 6.2 62.6 0.2 1 0.3
Total freight (tons) 146 18.1 6.2 64.5 4.2 2.3 0.6
Aircraft movements (departure or landing) 472 355 166 144 54 372 488

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Armenian Civil Aviation Department - Gyumri Airport Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Armats.com - Navigation Services
  3. ^ Liu, Jim (25 November 2016). "Pobeda adds Gyumri flights from Dec 2016". Routesonline. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-05-31.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) General Department of Civil Aviation of Armenia - 2005-2006 Statistics
  5. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-05-31.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) General Department of Civil Aviation of Armenia - 2006-2007 Statistics
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-05-31.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) General Department of Civil Aviation of Armenia - 2008-2009 Statistics

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