YEREVAN, November 4. / ARKA /. Wings of Tatev aerial tramway joined International Organization for Transportation by Rope (OITAF). The decision was made at the session of the managing board of OITAF in Bolzano, a company operating the facility said today.;\
OITAF membership indicates the recognition of Tatev Wings by international community of operators of ropeways and gives a number of benefits, such as support to researches and experiments in the sphere of ropeways management; assistance to establishing standards for national regulators in the ropeway sphere, - holding of seminars and conferences for producers and operators of ropeways.
OITAF was set up in Milan in 1959. Ropeways from 22 countries are currently represented in the organization.
The 5.7-kilometer-long aerial tramway, built by Austrian-Swiss Dopplemayer/Garaventa in 2010 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-