Air Armenia growing as Armenia’s new national carrier

The arrival of Air Armenia’s first A320 in Yerevan last November

The arrival of Air Armenia’s first A320 in Yerevan last November was welcomed by the airport’s fire service with the traditional water arch salute. The A320 joined the airline’s other aircraft, a Boeing 737-500. The Airbus is used to serve Moscow Vnukovo twice-daily, while the 737-500 is used for all other routes.

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.


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