Zvartnots International Airport

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Zvartnots International Airport
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Zvartnots International Airport


EVN is located in Armenia
Location of airport in Armenia
Airport type International
Owner General Department of Civil Aviation of Armenia
Operator Armenia International Airports CJSC
Serves Yerevan
Location Zvartnots, Armenia
Hub for Air Armenia (scheduled flights halted except for presidential and executive charter)[1]
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 zvartnots.aero
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 3,850 12,631 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2015)
Number of Passengers Decrease 1,879,667
Soure: Armenian AIP at EUROCONTROL[2]

Zvartnots International Airport (Armenian: Զվարթնոց Միջազգային Օդանավակայան Zvart'nots' Mijazgayin Odanavakayan) (IATA: EVNICAO: UDYZ) is located near Zvartnots, 12 km (7.5 mi) west[2] of Yerevan, the capital city of Armenia. The airport was built in 1971. An open architectural design competition was held in 1970. The first prize was awarded to a design team that included architects M. Khachikyan, A. Tarkhanyan, S. Qalashyan, L. Cherkezyan, and structural engineer M. Baghdasaryan. Later the project was implemented with modifications to the original design with participation of designers H. Tigranyan, Arthur Meschian.[3] 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.


A view of the old terminal on the left (no longer in use) and the new arrivals hall on the right in 2007

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.[4]

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 2014, Zvartnots airport handled 2,045,058 passengers and 10,409 aircraft movements, a respective 20.9% and 19.3% increase over the previous year's figures.[5]

The airport is able to accept aircraft up to and including the Antonov An-124, Boeing 747-400 and Airbus A380.[4][6][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]


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.

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]

The Main Hall - Check In desks
Departures Hall and Gates

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]


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. The access to the boarding lounge is highly secured, by 3 steps, a pre-control (fingerprints and boarding pass), a passport control, and X-ray control.


The airport has 3 terminals : Terminal 1, built in 1971 and closed in 2011, Terminal 2, with its 2 buildings (Arrivals and Departures), operating respectively since 2006 and 2011; and a VIP terminal.

Terminal 1 is a circular terminal, with the control tower in the center of it. The parking garage is located underneath the bridge serving the Departures floor, and has 250 car spaces. The Arrivals hall was on the lowest floor, was dark and rather narrow, leading to transfer the Arrivals to the new Terminal 2 boarding building in 2006. When the Terminal 2 boarding lounge was opened, its additional gates were connected to Terminal 1 by a bridge. There was a total of 21 check-in desks, 9 gates, of which 3 were equiped with jetways (15 gates from 2006 to 2011, for a total of 8 jetways), 2 bagage carrousels. Since its closure in 2011, the terminal is abandonned, and is not maintained anymore. Cracks in the concrete of the control tower appeared since then, but officials affirm that Terminal 1 will not be pulled out, and could be listed as a national monument for its unique architecture.[14][15]

Terminal 2, opened in 3 phases respectively in 2006, 2007 and 2011, can serve up to 3.5 million passengers a year. The check-in hall is on the 2nd floor, under a very high glazed ceiling, and has 42 check-in desks in 2 piers, equipped with brand-new technology. Its boarding lounge include 8 gates : 5 via jetways, and 3 by bus; duty-free shops, rest area in front of the 8 meter-high full glazed facade with a panoramic view over the tarmac and Mount Ararat, cafes, and a Business Lounge at the 4th floor. The security checkpoint has 16 passport control booths, and reliable X-ray machines. The Arrival hall is first made by a glazed tunnel between the 2nd and the first floor, then escalators lead down to Immigration control (15 booths), before passing through a large Duty-Free store, which opens on the baggage claim area (4 carrousels). The public arrivals exit, linked with the departures level, contains cafes, banks and tourist desks. The outside of the terminal opens on the drop-off road, taxi station, and to the 3-floor parking garage.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Athens
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo
operated by Donavia
Krasnodar, Mineralnye Vody, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi
Air Arabia Sharjah
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Arkia Israel Airlines Seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
AtlasGlobal Istanbul-Atatürk
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Belavia Minsk-National
Czech Airlines Seasonal: Prague
flydubai Dubai-International
Georgian Airways Tbilisi
Iran Aseman Airlines Tehran-Imam Khomeini
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw-Chopin[16]
Mahan Air Tehran-Imam Khomeini
Middle East Airlines Beirut
NordStar Seasonal: Krasnoyarsk-Yemelyanovo, Rostov-on-Don[17]
Qatar Airways Doha (begins 15 May 2016)[18]
S7 Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo, Novosibirsk
SCAT Aktau
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev-Boryspil[19]
Seasonal: Odessa[20]
Yanair Kiev-Zhulyany (begins 8 April 2016) [21]
Ural Airlines Kaluga (begins 24 March 2016), Moscow-Domodedovo, Nizhny Novgorod, Saint Petersburg, Samara, Yekaterinburg
UTair Aviation Moscow-Vnukovo
VIM Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona


Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Heraklion, Thessaloniki
Air Cairo Hurghada, Sharm el-Sheikh
Air Europa Barcelona
Air Malta Malta
Bulgaria Air Burgas, Varna
Georgian Airways Larnaca
Jordan Aviation Amman
Mistral Air Bergamo
Montenegro Airlines Podgorica, Tivat


Airlines Destinations
Air Armenia Frankfurt–Hahn
Coyne Airways Tbilisi

Traffic and Statistics[edit]

Year 2005[22] 2006[23] 2007[23] 2008[24] 2009[25] 2010[25] 2011[26] 2012[27] 2013[28] 2014[28] 2015[29]
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 1,691,710 2,045,058 1,879,667
Departing passenger traffic 546,000 562,825 698,614 751,310 729,835 816,866 807,953 845,700 830,000 1,019,765 944,373
Arriving passenger traffic 547,400 562,873 688,388 628,690 717,562 795,150 792,944 846,115 861,710 1,025,293 935,294
Total freight (tons) 9,119 9,276 10,004 10,774 8,400 8,800 10,014 12,251 10,361 10,345 10,123
Exported freight (tons) 3,701 4,080 3,515 4,000 3,100 3,300 4,741 6,687 6,109 6,450 6,607
Imported freight (tons) 5,418 5,196 6,489 6,700 5,200 5,500 5,273 5,564 4,252 3,895 3,516
Aircraft movements (departure and landing) 6,897 6,746 7,953 8,624 8,699 9,783 9,858 10,392 8,721 10,409 9,012

Ground transportation[edit]

Aerotaxi is the official taxi service of Zvartnots airport

There is a large variety of taxis available outside the terminal, but the official taxi service of Zvartnots airport is AeroTaxi. This company serves only Zvartnots Airport to any direction or vice versa. It does not provide intracity service.

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.

Accidents and incidents[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.[30]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.eurasianet.org/node/74441
  2. ^ a b "EAD Basic - Error Page". Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Image caption on Zvartnots Airport, in Soviet Armenian Encyclopedia. Yerevan, Armenian SSR, 1986. vol. xii, 512.
  4. ^ a b administator. "Airports". Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  5. ^ administator. "Statistics". Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  6. ^ Armats.am – Aerodrome ground Movement and Aircraft Parking Chart
  7. ^ Airport website – Handles any type of modern commercial aircraft
  8. ^ "Armenia’s Zvartnots named best airport in CIS". PanARMENIAN.Net. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "armats". Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "New passenger terminal opened in Zvartnots Armenian airport". Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  11. ^ a b "Zvartnots hi-tech airport terminal opens in Yerevan". PanARMENIAN.Net. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  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. ^ "The Old Terminal in Yerevan Zvartnots Airport". lragir.am. 
  15. ^ "Zvartnots airport’s old terminal cannot be demolished without expertise study". News.am. 
  16. ^ http://airlineroute.net/2015/06/18/lo-jan16/
  17. ^ "NordStar Adds Rostov – Yerevan Route from May 2015". airlineroute.net. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  18. ^ http://www.qatarairways.com/global/en/press-release.page?pr_id=pressrelease_armenia
  19. ^ http://airlineroute.net/2015/12/30/ps-evn-jul16/
  20. ^ L, J (23 March 2015). "Ukraine International Expands Odessa New Routes in S15". Airline Route. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  21. ^ http://yanair.ua/timetable.html
  22. ^ General Department of Civil Aviation of Armenia – 2005–2006 Statistics
  23. ^ a b General Department of Civil Aviation of Armenia – 2006–2007 Statistics
  24. ^ 2008 Statistics for Zvartnots airport Dead link
  25. ^ a b "Overall passenger transportation via Zvartnots airport reached 1.6mln in 2010". PanARMENIAN.Net. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  26. ^ "Zvartnots Airport serviced over 1,6 million passengers in 2011". PanARMENIAN.Net. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  27. ^ "Zvartnots Airport posts passenger traffic of 1,7 mln in 2012". PanARMENIAN.Net. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  28. ^ a b administator. "Statistics 2013-2014". Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  29. ^ General Department of Civil Aviation of Armenia – 2014–2015 Statistics
  30. ^ Interstate Aviation Committee (MAK) (4 June 2009). "Final Report of Belavia Flight 1834" (PDF). Retrieved 31 August 2009. 

External links[edit]

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