YEREVAN, September 26. / ARKA /. A representative of Armenia’s Chief Civil Aviation Department, Ashot Azizyan, claimed that the maintenance and reconstruction of the old building of Yerevan "Zvartnots" airport will require approximately $12 million. He was speaking at a public debate on the structure’s future, initiated by the Presidential Public Council.
A proposal was made to use it foe transit passengers, but Azizyan said its heating in winter would require significant financial resources. A sub-commission on urban and construction issues concluded that the building should be preserved.
In April the Armenia International Airports, a company owned by Argentenea Armenian businessman Eduardo Eurnekian that runs the airport asked the mayor of Yerevan for permission to demolish the old airport building.
Speaking at the debate, the chairman of the Union of Architects of Armenia, Mkrtich Minasyan, said the discussions should continue until a consensus is found.
"We have to find a way to save the airport building," said Minasyan . According to him, every building in Yerevan , which has cultural value, must be preserved and protected.
Armenia International Airports runs Zvartnots airport in accordance with a 30-year concession granted by the Armenian government in 2001. The owner of the company is a New York-based holding company, in which 100% is owned by Argentinean businessman Eduardo Eurnekian..-0-