HIGH PRICES AT ZVARTNOTS AIRPORT DUE TO HIGH QUALITY OF SERVICE - OFFICIAL

Tert.am
21.04.11

The prices at the Zvartnots International Airport are high because
the service is of high quality, a senior aviation official has said.

In an interview with Tert.am, Artyom Movsesyan, the head of the
Government's General Department of Civil Aviation , said the services
at the Zvartnots airport are of a higher quality compared to other
world airports.

"They may also be high because Zvartnots renders better services than
the airports usually indicated in conversations. After opening its
passenger complex in September, our airport will enhance the quality
of its services for passengers and air companies. Those services and
investments will be naturally expensive, but not beyond reasonable
limits," he said.

Movsesyan added that an interagency commission periodically studies the
airport's activity to find out whether its price policies is justified.

"I don't think we have had any gaps so far. The interagency
commission is represented by several ministries, and we are conducting
comprehensive studies. There are no problems so far," he noted.

He further spoke of the achievements in Armenia's civil aviation
sector, particularly in terms of passenger transport which has grown
16% compared to last year.

"That's because foreign air companies have also been given a chance
to join the market, in addition to local companies" he stressed,
adding that the department is now negotiating with small aircraft
producing companies to develop small aircraft aviation in Armenia.

There are also plans to launch direct flights to the United States.

"The documents have been submitted. We are working with the American
side but it takes time," Movsesyan said.




From: A. Papazian