May 31, 2012

STEPANAKERT (Yerkir Media)-The Stepanakert Airport will begin
operations this summer, according to the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic
Civil Aviation Department head Tigran Gabrielyan.

The airport at Stepanakert will begin operations this summer.

"Presently, we are completing all documents. The airport and air
navigation services are in the process of certification. We are
trying to create all legal components that will allow us to carry
out flights according to international standards, as well as to do
everything so that the adopted legal acts and orders are in complete
accordance with ICAO [International Civil Aviation Organization]
requirements and limitations. We are in the final stages of this
process," explained Gabrielyan.

The civil aviation head said that while final pricing has not been
determined, the anticipation is that it would affordable, with flights
taking place every day, and with plans to increase the daily schedule
depending on demand.

Gabrielyan explained that the airport has a capacity for 100 passengers
per hour. He also announced that the carrier will be called Air

In an earlier talk with Novosti Armenia, the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic
Prime Minister Ara Harutunyan that while initially the airport will
operate flights between Stepanakert and Yerevan, in the future it
will also serve other destinations.

The announcement last year of the completion of the airport
construction and its operation prompted Azerbaijan to threaten to
shoot down passenger flights. In response President Serge Sarkisian
said he would be the first passenger on the first flight. Sarkisian
added that he people of the Nagorno-Karabakh had the inalienable
right to use their airspace.