Armenia becomes Ryanair’s 40th country served
Yesterday, 16th October, Ryanair announced that it will serve Armenia, with brand-new routes both to Yerevan, the capital, and Gyumri. This comes shortly before Ryanair begins its first services to both Tbilisi and Kutaisi, in neighbouring Georgia.
Ryanair will operate four routes to Armenia, providing up to eight weekly flights. It expects these to generate 130,000 passengers annually. All four are presently unserved, at both airport- and city-pair levels.
|Route||Start date; period of operation||Days||Timings||City-level indirect passengers (two ways in the year to August 2019)|
|Berlin Schönefeld – Yerevan||31 March, 2020; summer only||Tuesday, Saturday||1500-2100; 2125-2325||18,600|
|Milan Bergamo -Yerevan||14 January, 2020; year-round||Tuesday, Saturday||
Tuesday: 0600-1310; 1335-1445. Saturday: 1445-2155; 2220-2330
|Allgäu Airport Memmingen – Gyumri||30 March, 2020; summer only||Monday, Friday||0730-1335; 1400-1605||0|
|Rome Ciampino – Yerevan||14 January, 2020; year-round||Tuesday, Saturday||1420-2115; 2140-2235||17,100|
|Source: OAG Traffic Analyser.|
Armenia effectively has open skies with the EU, with other potential European opportunities from Yerevan – for whichever airlines – as follows. Armenia is a long way from Western Europe, so Ryanair’s routes are unsurprisingly the shorter ones, although all are still over 1,650 miles each way. Of the following, only Prague would be shorter. Madrid is long, at 2,500 miles.
|City||Served?||Indirect passengers before stimulation (two ways in the year to August 2019)|
|Brussels||Yes||40,000 (partly so high as Brussels Airlines’ non-stop is seasonal and between once- and twice-weekly)|
|Source: OAG Traffic Analyser. * In this year period, Cologne was served and generated 11,000 passengers on its own. It too is now unserved.|
Who will be the next to launch Armenia? Will Wizz Air build on its strong presence in Georgia? And will Armenia be the next Georgia for LCCs?