Zvartnots International Airport
Զվարթնոց Միջազգային Oդանավակայան
|Operator||Armenia International Airports CJSC|
|Hub for||Aircompany Armenia|
|Elevation AMSL||2,838 ft / 865 m|
Zvartnots International Airport (Armenian: Զվարթնոց միջազգային օդանավակայան, romanized: Zvart'nots' mijazgayin ōdanavakayan) (IATA: EVN, ICAO: UDYZ) is located near Zvartnots, 15 km (9.3 mi) west of Yerevan, the capital city of Armenia. It acts as the main international airport of Armenia and is Yerevan's main international transport hub. It is the busiest airport in the country.
The airport was opened in 1961, and following a design competition held in 1970, M. Khachikyan, A. Tarkhanyan, S. Qalashyan, L. Cherkezyan and M. Baghdasaryan won the right to design the first terminal building. 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 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. 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 Corporación America, which is in turn owned by Armenian Argentine businessman Eduardo Eurnekian. As part of that agreement, Armenia International Airports CJSC renovated the runway, main taxiways and ramp. In 2006, a new gate area and arrivals hall opened, followed by an overall improvement of the airport's fire services, including replacing the entire fire-fighting fleet with new vehicles. A new departures and arrivals terminal, car-parking facility with a capacity of 600 vehicles and a government delegation terminal all opened in 2011. On 30 January 2013, Zvartnots airport was named "Best Airport In the CIS" during the Emerging Markets Airports Award (EMAA) ceremonies held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The airport is able to accept aircraft up to and including the Antonov An-225, Boeing 747-400 and Airbus A380. Runway 09 is equipped with an ILS CAT II, which enables aircraft operations in low ceiling (30 meters) and visibility (350 metres).
Zvartnots International Airport recently implemented a new flight information display system (FIDS), a new automated and biometric-identification system for baggage check-in and passenger control, as well as the installation of 150 surveillance cameras across airport premises.
The access to the boarding area is highly secured with three steps, a pre-control, a passport control, and X-ray control. The airport features a Dufry duty-free shop after security, as well as the Converse Bank business class lounge, with a view overlooking the gate area and apron. In addition, the airport features a HayPost office, a pharmacy, several dining options and cafes, a Europcar, Beeline, VivaCell MTS, Ardshinbank, as well as, HSBC, VTB Bank and Ameriabank ATMs.
In December 2019, yearly passenger flow at Zvartnots International Airport exceeded 3 million passengers for the first time in Armenia's history.
Airlines and destinations
The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter services to and from Zvartnots as of July 27, 2023:
|ASL Airlines Belgium||Liège|
|Swiftair||Cologne/Bonn, Tbilisi|
Traffic and statistics
|Total passenger traffic||1,111,400||1,125,698||1,387,002||1,480,000||1,447,397|
|Departing passenger traffic||546,000||562,825||698,614||751,310||729,835|
|Arriving passenger traffic||547,400||562,873||688,388||628,690||717,562|
|Total freight (tons)||9,119||9,276||10,004||10,774||8,400|
|Exported freight (tons)||3,701||4,080||3,515||4,000||3,100|
|Imported freight (tons)||5,418||5,196||6,489||6,700||5,200|
|Aircraft movements (departure and landing)||6,897||6,746||7,953||8,624||8,699|
|Total passenger traffic||1,612,016||1,600,891||1,691,815||1,691,710||2,045,058||1,879,667||2,105,540||2,448,250||2,690,727||3,048,859|
|Departing passenger traffic||816,866||807,953||845,700||830,000||1,019,765||944,373||1,048,153||1,218,340||1,318,344||1,473,019|
|Arriving passenger traffic||795,150||792,944||846,115||861,710||1,025,293||935,294||1,057,387||1,229,910||1,372,383||1,575,840|
|Total freight (tons)||8,800||10,014||12,251||10,361||10,345||10,123||18,269||22,325||18,069||19,511|
|Exported freight (tons)||3,300||4,741||6,687||6,109||6,450||6,607||13,784||16,984||12,010||12,755|
|Imported freight (tons)||5,500||5,273||5,564||4,252||3,895||3,516||4,485||5,341||6,059||6,756|
|Aircraft movements (departure and landing)||9,783||9,858||10,392||8,721||10,409||9,012||9,266||10,621||11,580||13,260|
|Total passenger traffic||790,827||2,278,212||3,649,764|
|Departing passenger traffic||388,685||1,155,765||1,809,565|
|Arriving passenger traffic||402,142||1,122,447||1,840,199|
|Total freight (tons)||15,733||17,321[a]||23,340[b]|
|Exported freight (tons)||10,405||8,803||N/A|
|Imported freight (tons)||5,328||8,518||N/A|
|Aircraft movements (departure and landing)||4,963||10,106||17,345|
Annual passenger numbers
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Bus routes and subway service
In 2017, a new express bus service began operation, with regular round-trips between Zvartnots Airport and downtown Yerevan. The number 201 bus leaves the airport every half hour between 7 am and 11 pm, and every hour between 12 am and 6 am. The travel time is approximately 30 minutes, depending on traffic. Operated by Elitebus, a one-way fare costs 300 AMD. The bus terminus is on Amiryan Street, but the bus also makes stops along Mashtots Avenue, at the Yeritasardakan station (where passengers can connect to the Yerevan Metro system), and at the Republic Square.
The airport is accessed from the M5 highway, which connects Yerevan with the west of the country and other major highways. By car, the distance from Zvartnots Airport to the centre of Yerevan is 12 kilometers, taking approximately 20 minutes to get to.
At Zvartnots Airport, cars from car rental companies are available. The airport offers various official parking options, from premium to low cost. In addition, alternative parking options are within the reach of the airport.
In 2019, Zvartnots Airport partnered with Yandex.Taxi to provide passengers with taxi services from the airport.
Accidents and incidents
- On 20 October 1988, an Antonov An-8 (CCCP-26183) of MOM Energiya NPO was damaged beyond repair after landing when the crew mistakenly retracted the landing gear on the ground.
- On 5 December 1992, a Tupolev Tu-154B (CCCP-85105) of Aeroflot (Armenia) was damaged beyond repair on landing after it veered to the right and the nosegear struck a concrete wall. All 154 occupants survived.
- On 13 December 1993, an Antonov An-8 (RA-13323) of Kadvi Company undershot the runway by 150 meters at 00:04 on a cargo flight and was damaged beyond repair. All 8 occupants survived.
- On 21 October 1998, a Yakovlev Yak-40 (EK-88272) of Ararat Avia collided with a military minibus that crossed the runway on takeoff for a passenger flight to Krasnodar, damaging the aircraft beyond repair and killing 4 occupants of the bus. All 37 occupants survived.
- On 14 February 2008, a Canadair CL-600-2B19 Regional Jet CRJ-100ER (EW-101PJ) on Belavia Flight 1834 to Minsk banked to the left on takeoff, came to rest upside down, and a fuel fire broke out. All 21 occupants survived.
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