YEREVAN, June 10. /ARKA/. South Caucasus Railway CJSC’s international passenger traffic grew 219% over five years, South Caucasus Railway CJSC CEO Viktor Rebets said Tuesday in Novosti International Press Center.
The company’s two trains run between Yerevan and Tbilisi (from October to June) and between Yerevan and Batumi (from June to October).
The press office of the company carried 27,500 passengers in 2008, while in 2013 it transported 60,200 people.
“The number of our passengers has grown over the mentioned period thanks to the improvements our company made to its services,” Rebets said.
He added that the ticket is sold faster than before, since an automotive system is used for that. Before the introduction of this innovation it took 10 minutes to formalize the purchase in 2008, while now people spend only 2 minutes to buy their tickets.
“In summer 2012 all those who want started buying tickets also via Internet,” Rebets said.
Gagik Movsisyan, chief of the company’s division in charge of passenger transportation, told ARKA News Agency that the Yerevan-Batumi train carried 8,600 passengers in 2008, while in 2013 it transported 47,000 people.
South Caucasus Railway, a subsidiary of Russian Railways, runs Armenian Railway, which was handed over to the South Caucasus Railway on February 13, 2008 for 30-year concession management with a right to prolong the management term for other 10 years. -0----