YEREVAN, April 10. / ARKA /. The Union of Architects of Armenia will ask the ministry of culture to include the old building of the international airport Zvartnots in Yerevan in the list of state-protected cultural and historical sites, chairman of the union, Mkrtich Minasyan, said today.
In April 2013 Armenia International Airports, a company owned by Argentinean Armenian Eduardo Eurnekian that runs Zvartnots, asked the Yerevan municipality for a permission to demolish the old building of the airport. The company cites experts’ estimates that the reconstruction of the old building would cost $15-$20 million.
But according to Mkrtich Minasyan, the old airport building is a very important cultural and architectural monument of the XXth century not only in Armenia, but also in the former Soviet Union.
The demolition idea is rejected by civil organizations and architects, who argue that the aging and dilapidated building is an historically and artistically significant “monument” that should be preserved.
In 2013 December the Armenian government approved a master plan for Yerevan’s Zvartnots International Airport for the 2013-201 periods. The plan calls for $102 million of investment into the improvement and further modernization of the airport and the construction of a new building.
The new airport building the construction of which was started in 2004 was commissioned in 2007. The old airport building was inaugurated in 1980.
The airport is located 12 km west of Yerevan. Armenia - International Airports operates Zvartnots airport under a 30-year concession management agreement signed with Armenian government in 2001. -0-