Wings of Tatev aerial tramway transports over 17,000 people in July
YEREVAN, August 22. / ARKA /. The world’s longest aerial tramway built to transport visitors to the Medieval Monastery of Tatev in southern Armenia said today it had transported 17,161 passengers in July, mostly citizens of Armenia, Russia, USA, France and Germany. It said according to data of a poll conducted among the passengers, over 91% of the polled in July used the aerial tramway for the first time.
The company running the aerial tramway, called Wings of Tatev, said most of the polled (90%) were pleased with the “flight” from Halidzor to Tatev, and highly evaluated the level of service and safety. In particular, 673 out of 711 polled tourists said they felt “in complete safety” in the cabin. Most of the foreign passengers are of Armenian descent (52%). Most of the tourists are Armenians from Russia (85%) and USA (70%).
The administration of the company conducts regular polls among tourists in order to improve the service quality.
The 5.7-kilometer-long aerial tramway, built by Austrian-Swiss Dopplemayer/Garaventa transports visitors from the village of Halidzor across the Vorotan gorge to the village of Tatev, within walking distance of the monastery, allowing tourists and visitors to bypass a 90-minute drive on a road in and out of the Vorotan River Gorge. The cable car travels at a speed of 37 kilometers per hour (23 miles per hour) and a one-way journey takes 11 minutes. At its highest point over the gorge, the car travels 320 meters (1,056 feet) above ground level. It has two cabins, each capable of carrying up to 25 passengers. The cable car is part of a $45 million-dollar public-private effort to develop tourism at Tatev and in the overall region of Syunik. The aerial tramway was officially registered by a representative of the Guinness World Records as the world’s longest aerial tramway built to transport visitors. ---0---