VAN-YEREVAN FLIGHTS HELD BY BUREAUCRACY

Hurriyet
Aug 4 2011
Turkey

Van Way Airlines has indefinitely postponed the start of flights to
the Armenian capital of Yerevan until the company can obtain necessary
permission from Ankara, the firm's owner has said.

"First, we were told that we could start the flights, then one step was
taken backward, and now we are waiting for the process [to end]," the
airline's owner, Arslan Bayram, recently told the Hurriyet Daily News.

He also said the company had information suggesting that Azerbaijan
did not look upon the new route favorably.

The company aims to facilitate transportation for businesspeople
between the two countries with the proposed route, Bayram said.

There are already regular weekly flights to Yerevan from Istanbul,
Trabzon, Bodrum and Antalya during the summer season. Moreover,
there are also bus lines that travel from Istanbul to Yerevan through
Georgia.

Noting that Van Ways offered businesspeople special flights to
neighboring countries, Bayram said they were planning to expand their
routes based on demand.



From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress