YEREVAN, September 24. / ARKA /. The South Caucasus Railways, a Russian-owned company operating Armenia’s railroads, said it has transported about 50,000 passengers from Yerevan to Tbilisi and Batumi in neighboring Georgia from July 15 to September 19.
This figure represents a 25.3% increase from a year earlier (39,788 passengers). Overall, from June 1 to September 19 the company sold 50,109 tickets for the trains running between Yerevan and Batumi, a popular destination of Armenian holiday makers on Georgia’s Black Sea coast, by 24.3% more than in the same time span of last year (40,310 tickets).
From September 1 to 19 the company transported 6,271 passengers (an increase of 53.4% compared to the same period last year).
‘The South Caucasus Railways is implementing a set of measures designed to increase the number of rail passengers. Particularly, it is upgrading its cars, improving the level of comfort and the quality of services in addition to increasing the speed of trains,’ the press release said.
South Caucasus Railways is a 100% subsidiary of state-run Russian Railways that was awarded a concesional management of SCR. The 30 year contract was signed in 2008. It can be prolonged for another 10 years. -0-