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Vahe Sarukhanyan

Flying To and From Armenia: Only 2 Carriers Can Leave, 26 Can Enter

While only two airlines are currently allowed to operate scheduled passenger flights originating in Armenia, 26 can fly to Armenia from points outside.

In May 2016, Hetq wrote that Taron-Avia received permission from Armenia’s Ministry of the Economy to operate regular flights from Yerevan towards six overseas destinations.

Company founder and chief executive Garnik Papikyan told Hetq that the International Air Transport Association (IATA) had to first issue a code to the company, but that he was planning to start flights in September. But there is no scheduled flights during September for Taron-Avia in the website of Zvartnots International Airport. 

The IATA has since issued the company a code – H7. The company has three Boeing 737-500 planes. Two have been leased by the Sudanese Badr Airlines since 2015. Taron-Avia can fly to Moscow, Krasnodar, Samara, Nizhny Novgorod, Voronezh, and Beirut.

Aircompany Armenia is the other carrier that can fly from Armenia. Its first flight was a charter to Larnaca on July 5. Tivat, Rhodes, and Salonika were added as destinations later.

As of July 18 the company operates regular flights to Mineralnye Vody (Russia). Moscow became a destination on August 1. Tehran was added as of August 31.

The company also has permission to operate flights to St. Petersburg, Sochi, Rostov-on-Don, Krasnodar, Samara, Kiev, Prague, Frankfurt, Brussels, Rome, Bologna, Dubai, and Tel Aviv.

Currently, the company has two Boeing planes (EK-73736, EK-73786).

Who can fly to Armenia?

According to the Ministry of the Economy, the following carriers can fly to Armenia during the months of March-October.

Air France (from Paris)
Austrian Airlines (from Vienna)
LOT Polish Airlines (from Warsaw)
Aegean Airlines (from Athens)
Ukraine International Airlines (from Kiev, Odessa)
Aeroflot (from Moscow)
Rossiya Airlines (from Sochi, St. Petersburg) 
UTair Aviation (from Moscow, Krasnodar, Sochi)
Sibir Airlines (from Novosibirsk, Moscow)
Globus Airlines(from Moscow)
Grozny Avia (from Voronezh)
Ural Airlines (from Moscow to Yerevan and Gyumri; from Nizhny Novgorod, St. Petersburg, Krasnodar, Samara, Rostov-on-Don, and Yekaterinburg)
VIM Avia (from Moscow)
Nordwind Airlines (from Moscow)
SCAT Airlines (from Aktau)
Qatar Airways (from Doha)
FlyDubai (from Dubai)
Air Arabia (from Sharjah)
Middle East Airlines (from Beirut)
Mahan Air (from Tehran, Mashhad) 
Iran Aseman Airlines (from Tehran)
Iranian Naft Airlines (from Isfahan) 
Taban Air (from Isfahan, Mashhad, Tabriz) 
Al-Naser Airlines (from Baghdad)
Georgian Airways (from Tbilisi) 
Vueling Airlines (from Barcelona)

Nine of the 26 carriers are Russian.

The map below shows the regular flights being operated by Armenian and foreign carriers as of September 2.

Armenia’s Ministry of the Economy has also granted permission to the following carriers to operate charter and seasonal flights.

Top photo: Zvartnots Airport (March 5, 2012) @Armen Gasparyan (airliners.net)