YEREVAN, January 21. / ARKA /. Armenia will sign ‘open skies’ agreements this year with Ukraine, Turkmenistan, Iraq and Kuwait, Artyom Movsisyan, chief of Armenia’s Civil Aviation Department, said today.
He said similar agreements had already been signed with the U.S., the United Arab Emirates and Russia.
He said the government plans to expand this list in 2014, however, a lot will be depending on how quickly the Armenian ministry of economy, responsible for this process, will prepare and reconcile the necessary documents with partner countries.
Acting on a recommendation by McKinsey & Company and the National Competitiveness Foundation of Armenia the Armenian government liberalized the domestic civil aviation sector in late October last year saying that all local and foreign airlines meeting safety standards will be allowed to fly to and from Armenia without special authorizations or other restrictions.
Movsisyan also said talks with a European low-cost airline were not completed yet. Earlier it was said that such a company would enter Armenia’s air market to operate flights to some 10 major European cities in 2014 spring.
“Talks, both on government and private levels, continue and I can not speak so far about concrete results,’ he said.
He declined rumours that the Civil Aviation Department received a proposal from Irish low-cost airline Ryan Air. -0-