Air Armenia growing as Armenia’s new national carrier
Following the demise in March 2013 of Armavia there was a gap in the Armenian civil air transport market. This has now been filled by Air Armenia, which was founded in 2003 as a cargo airline. Last July, the airline was authorised to operate passenger services and it began flights to Moscow Vnukovo last October, using a 737-500.
A second aircraft, an A320, joined the fleet in November 2013, and this aircraft is used exclusively to serve the Moscow Vnukovo route twice-daily. The 737-500 is now used to serve all other routes which have been launched in subsequent months. However, the most recent new route, a weekly service to Ekaterinburg, appears to be operated by Ural Airlines as a codeshare service.
|Day of week||Morning flight||Afternoon flight|
|Monday||06:30 – 12:50 Athens (ATH)||14:55 – 19:30 Krasnodar (KRR)|
|Tuesday||09:30 – 13:05 Adler/Sochi (AER)||15:00 – 21:15 Rostov-on-Don (ROV)|
|Wednesday||08:55 – 13:30 Krasnodar (KRR)||14:20 – 21:40 Nizhniy Novgorod (GOJ)|
|Thursday||06:30 – 12:50 Athens (ATH)||13:40 – 22:25 St Petersburg (LED)|
|Friday||15:20 – 22:40 Samara (KUF)|
|Saturday||08:55 – 13:30 Krasnodar (KRR)||13:40 – 22:35 St Petersburg (LED)|
|Sunday||09:15 – 12:55 Adler/Sochi (AER)||15:00 – 21:15 Rostov-on-Don (ROV)|
|Source: Air Armenia website.|
In addition, a new twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Sundays) afternoon service to Paris is scheduled to start on 30 April, which will either require a reduction in flights to Moscow from 14 to 12, or changes to the Nizhniy Novgorod and Rostov-on-Don schedules.
Already third biggest carrier in Yerevan
According to Innovata / Diio Mi schedule data for June 2014, Air Armenia (IATA code QN) is the third biggest carrier at Yerevan Airport with 10.4% of scheduled seat capacity, behind S7 (22.0%) and Aeroflot (26.3%). Last year, Yerevan Airport handled 1.7 million passengers, and in the first two months of this year passenger numbers have risen by 14.8% in January and 9.9% in February.