YEREVAN, August 10. /ARKA/. The South Caucasus Railways’ branded train called Armenia that runs between Yerevan and Batumi has carried 23,600 passengers since it started operating in the beginning of this summer, the company’s press office reported on Friday.
This number of passengers is 12.2% larger than that of the previous year’s period between June 15 and August 9, when 21,000 were transported.
Some 34,899 tickets were sold for this train between June 1 and August 9, 2012 – 26.3% more than the previous year’s result.
The number of passengers was 7,512 and the number of sold tickets 6,787 between August 1 and 9 – 25.3% and 74.6% year-on-year growth respectively.
The average daily number of passengers heading for Batumi beginning from August 5 is 500.
For comparison, on July 12 the number of passengers was 200.
From July 15, more than 300 people traveled to resorts every day and from July 20 more than 400.
From August 5 the train carries 900 passengers.
Now the train consists of 14 cars, and on peak days – August 4 and 6 – there were 16 cars.
South Caucasus Railways, a 100-percent subsidiary of Russian Railways, runs Armenian Railway.
Armenian Railways was handed over to the South Caucasus Railways on February 13, 2008 for 30-year concession management with a right to prolong the management term for other 10 years. M.V.-0--