Zvartnots International Airport

Զվարթնոց Միջազգային Oդանավակայան
Summary
Airport typeInternational
OperatorArmenia International Airports CJSC
ServesYerevan
LocationYerevan, Armenia
Opened1961
Hub forAir Dilijans
Armenia Airways
Armenian Airlines
FlyOne Armenia
Shirak Avia
Elevation AMSL2,838 ft / 865 m
Coordinates40°08′50″N 044°23′45″E / 40.14722°N 44.39583°E / 40.14722; 44.39583
Websitewww.zvartnots.aero
Map
EVN is located in Armenia
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Location of airport in Armenia
EVN is located in Europe
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EVN (Europe)
EVN is located in West and Central Asia
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Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 3,850 12,631 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2023)
Number of PassengersIncrease 5,330,308[1]
Passenger change 22-23Increase 46%
Source: Armenian AIP at EUROCONTROL[2][3]

Zvartnots International Airport (Armenian: Զվարթնոց միջազգային օդանավակայան, romanizedZvart'nots' mijazgayin ōdanavakayan) (IATA: EVN, ICAO: UDYZ) is located near Zvartnots, 15 km (9.3 mi) west[2] of Yerevan, the capital city of Armenia. It acts as the main international airport of Armenia and is Yerevan's main international transport hub. It is the busiest airport in the country.

History

The airport was opened in 1961,[4] and following a design competition held in 1970, M. Khachikyan, A. Tarkhanyan, S. Qalashyan, L. Cherkezyan, and M. Baghdasaryan won the right to design the first terminal building. The airport was renovated in the 1980s with the development of a new terminal area, in order to meet domestic traffic demands within the Soviet Union.

When Armenia declared its independence from the Soviet Union in the 1990s, the growth of cargo shipments resulted in the construction of a new cargo terminal in 1998 that can handle about 100,000 tonnes of cargo annually.[5] In 2001, a 30-year concession agreement for the management of operations at the airport was signed with Armenia International Airports CJSC, owned by Argentine company Corporación America, which is in turn owned by Armenian Argentine businessman Eduardo Eurnekian. As part of that agreement, Armenia International Airports CJSC renovated the runways, main taxiways, and ramps. In 2006, a new gate area and arrivals hall opened, followed by an overall improvement of the airport's fire services, including replacing the entire fire-fighting fleet with new vehicles. A new departures and arrivals terminal, car-parking facility with a capacity of 600 vehicles, and a government delegation terminal all opened in 2011. On 30 January 2013, Zvartnots airport was named "Best Airport In the CIS" during the Emerging Markets Airports Award (EMAA) ceremonies held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.[6]

In March 2024, Armenia officially expelled Russian border guards who had been stationed at the airport.[7]

Overview

The airport is able to accept aircraft up to and including the Antonov An-225, Boeing 747-400 and Airbus A380.[5][8][9] Runway 09 is equipped with an ILS CAT II, which enables aircraft operations in low ceiling (30 meters) and visibility (350 metres).[10]

Zvartnots International Airport recently[when?] implemented a new flight information display system (FIDS), a new automated and biometric-identification system for baggage check-in and passenger control, as well as the installation of 150 surveillance cameras across airport premises.

The access to the boarding area is highly secured with three steps, a pre-control, a passport control, and X-ray control. The airport features a Dufry duty-free shop after security, as well as the Converse Bank business class lounge, with a view overlooking the gate area and apron. In addition, the airport features a HayPost office, a pharmacy, several dining options and cafes, a Europcar, Beeline, VivaCell MTS, Ardshinbank, as well as, HSBC, VTB Bank, and Ameriabank ATMs.[citation needed]

In December 2019, yearly passenger flow at Zvartnots International Airport exceeded 3 million passengers for the first time in Armenia's history.[11] In 2023, passenger flow at Zvartnots exceeded 5 million passengers for the first time.[12]

Airlines and destinations

Passenger

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter services to and from the airport:

AirlinesDestinations
Aegean Airlines Athens
Seasonal: Larnaca, Thessaloniki[13]
Seasonal Charter: Heraklion
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Saint Petersburg, Sochi, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg
Seasonal: Samara
Air Arabia Sharjah
Air Cairo Cairo (resumes 18 June 2024),[14] Sharm El Sheikh
Seasonal: Hurghada
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air Montenegro Seasonal: Podgorica[15]
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga
Armenia Airways Delhi (begins 1 July 2024),[16] Tehran–Imam Khomeini
Armenian Airlines Mineralnye Vody,[17] Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Sochi
Seasonal: Batumi[18]
Austrian Airlines Vienna
azimuth Kaluga, Mineralnye Vody, Moscow–Vnukovo, Sochi,[19] Ufa
Belavia Minsk
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Bulgaria Air Seasonal Charter: Burgas, Varna
Cham Wings Airlines Aleppo, Damascus
Condor Seasonal: Frankfurt[20][21]
European Air Charter Seasonal Charter: Burgas
Eurowings Berlin,[22] Düsseldorf[23]
Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn[24]
FitsAir Seasonal Charter: Colombo–Bandaranaike,[25] Malé (begins 5 July 2024)
Fly Baghdad Seasonal: Baghdad (suspended)[26]
flydubai Dubai–International
FlyEgypt Seasonal: Hurghada (begins 12 June 2024),[27] Sharm El Sheikh[28]
FlyErbil Seasonal: Erbil
FlyOne Armenia Chișinău, Düsseldorf, Istanbul, Larnaca,[29] Milan–Malpensa,[30] Mineralnye Vody, Moscow–Domodedovo,[31] Moscow–Sheremetyevo,[32] Moscow–Vnukovo, Nice,[33] Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Saint Petersburg, Sochi, Tbilisi,[34] Tel Aviv (resumes 26 June 2024)
Seasonal: Barcelona (resumes 14 June 2024),[35] Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh,[36] Tivat
Georgian Airways Tbilisi[37]
Iran Airtour Tehran–Imam Khomeini
Iran Aseman Tehran–Imam Khomeini
Iraqi Airways Baghdad
Israir Seasonal: Tel Aviv (suspended)
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt[38]
Middle East Airlines Beirut
Nouvelair Seasonal Charter: Monastir
Novair Kapan[39]
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Seasonal: Antalya
Qatar Airways Doha
Qeshm Air Tehran–Imam Khomeini
Red Wings Airlines Chelyabinsk, Kazan, Mineralnye Vody, Moscow–Domodedovo, Moscow–Zhukovsky, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Sochi, Ufa, Yekaterinburg
Rossiya Airlines Mineralnye Vody, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Saint Petersburg, Samara, Sochi,[40] Volgograd[41]
S7 AirlinesNovosibirsk[42]
SCAT AirlinesAktau[43]
Sepehran Airlines Tehran–Imam Khomeini[44]
Shirak AviaMoscow–Sheremetyevo, Moscow–Vnukovo,[45] Nizhny Novgorod, Perm, Saratov,[46] Ufa
TransaviaParis–Orly[47]
Seasonal: Lyon,[48] Marseille
UR Airlines Seasonal: Erbil
Ural Airlines Moscow–Domodedovo,[49] Sochi,[50] Yekaterinburg
Utair Moscow–Vnukovo, Saint Petersburg, Sochi, Surgut, Tyumen[51]
Varesh Airlines Tehran–Imam Khomeini
Wizz Air Abu Dhabi,[52][53] Budapest (begins 17 June 2024),[54] Dortmund,[55] Larnaca,[56] Milan–Malpensa,[57] Rome–Fiumicino,[58] Sofia,[55] Venice,[59] Vienna[60]

Cargo

AirlinesDestinations
ASL Airlines Belgium Liège[61]
Lufthansa Cargo Frankfurt[62]
Swiftair Cologne/Bonn,[citation needed] Tbilisi[citation needed]

Traffic and statistics

New terminal building
Check-in hall
Departures hall and gates

Annual statistics

2020s
Year 2020[3] 2021[75] 2022[76] 2023[77]
Total passenger traffic 790,827 2,278,212 3,649,764 5,330,308
Departing passenger traffic 388,685 1,155,765 1,809,565 2,655,515
Arriving passenger traffic 402,142 1,122,447 1,840,199 2,674,793
Total freight (tons) 15,733 17,321[a] 23,340[b] 33,852[c]
Exported freight (tons) 10,405 8,803 N/A 17,568[d]
Imported freight (tons) 5,328 8,518 N/A 16,284[e]
Aircraft movements (departure and landing) 4,963 10,106 17,345 43,485
Top 10 most frequent routes from Zvartnots as of March 2024[78]
Rank City Flights per week
1 Russia SVO Moscow ~52
2 Russia VKO Moscow ~46
3 Russia Sochi ~26
4 Russia Mineralnye Vody ~24
5 Iran Tehran ~15
6 Russia DME Moscow ~14
7 Georgia (country) Tbilisi ~11
8 Moldova Chișinău ~11
9 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ~11
10 Austria Vienna ~10

Ground transportation

Bus routes and subway service

In 2017, a new express bus service began operation, with regular round-trips between Zvartnots Airport and downtown Yerevan. The number 201 bus leaves the airport every half hour between 7 am and 11 pm, and every hour between 12 am and 6 am. The travel time is approximately 30 minutes, depending on traffic. Operated by Elitebus, a one-way fare costs 300 AMD. The bus terminus is on Amiryan Street, but the bus also makes stops along Mashtots Avenue, at the Yeritasardakan station (where passengers can connect to the Yerevan Metro system), and at the Republic Square.[79]

Automobile

The airport is accessed from the M5 highway, which connects Yerevan with the west of the country and other major highways. By car, the distance from Zvartnots Airport to the centre of Yerevan is 12 kilometers, taking approximately 20 minutes to get to.[80]

At Zvartnots Airport, cars from rental companies are available. The airport offers various official parking options, from premium to low cost. In addition, alternative parking options are within the reach of the airport.

Taxi service

In 2019, Zvartnots Airport partnered with Yandex Taxi to provide passengers with taxi services from the airport.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Including postal items
  2. ^ Including postal items
  3. ^ Including freight processed at Shirak Airport
  4. ^ Including freight exported from Shirak Airport
  5. ^ Including freight imported at Shirak Airport

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