IN MID SEPT 2013 A TENDER TO BE ANNOUNCED FOR THREE ARMENIAN AIR CARRIERS OF ARMENIA
by Arthur Yernjakyan

ARMINFO
Tuesday, July 30, 17:18

In mid Sept 2013 the General Department of Civil Aviation of
Armenia will announce a tender for three Armenian air carriers,
Nelly Cherchinyan, Spokesperson of the Department, told ArmInfo's
correspondent.

She said that initially the tender was to be held in July. It was
postponed due to the fact that the Armenian Government applied to
McKinsey & CompanŠ³ (USA) to prepare a package of proposals on
enhancement of competitiveness of air carriages in Armenia. The
company's recommendations will be taken into account in the process
of preparation of the tender documents, Cherchinyan said. The tender
will cover three main destinations: Europe, the CIS and Russia,
as well as the Middle East. The main terms of the tender are the
technical condition of the planes, the ticket sales system, flight
safety and financial stability of the carriers.

Cherchinyan said that only one Armenian air company, Air Armenia,
had applied to the General Department of Civil Aviation and received
a temporary permit to make flights till mid September. The company
will contest a right to get a license to make flights for 5 years.

To recall, in May 2013 the Government of Armenia adopted a concept
on liberalization in the air service field. The concept envisages no
preferences or exclusive rights for the national air carriers. To
recall, Armavia, the national air carrier of Armenia stopped its
flights on 1 April 2013 owing to financial problems.




From: A. Papazian