Summer holiday season starts at Armenia’s South Caucasus Railway
YEREVAN, June 16. /ARKA/. The first this year ‘Armenia’ branded train headed to Batumi from Yerevan on Sunday.
Number of people traveling directly to Batumi doubled this year compared to 2013, head of passenger traffic at South Caucasus Railway Gagik Movsisyan said.
In 2014 ninety-seven people joined the first trip of ‘Armenia’ train, with 95% heading to Batumi. Last year only 45% of 120 passengers of the first train were traveling to Batumi and the rest to Tbilisi, Movsisyan said at the opening of the summer holiday season.
He said the entire range of services throughout the trip time has been updated and toilet facilities have been repaired, Movsisyan said.
Higher comfort cars have free Wi-Fi, which was available only in sleeping cars before; conditioning and ventilation were restored in the cars, he said. Sim cards of the partner mobile operator.
Movsisyan also said travel time has reduced by six hours from 21.5 hours in 2009 to 15 hours 40 minutes in 2014. The company managed to achieve reduction in all border and customs arrangements throughout the trip. Maintenance works have been carried out on 24 cars since 2014.
Head of the train Andranik Vardanyan said the staff and he personally will ensure comfort and convenience to passengers.
The seasonal Yerevan-Batumi-Yerevan train is operated by the South Caucasus Railway company every year from June 15 to October 1.
South Caucasus Railways, a 100-percent subsidiary of Russian Railways, runs Armenian Railway. Armenian Railways was handed over to the South Caucasus Railways on February 13, 2008 for 30-year concession management with a right to prolong the management term for other 10 years. -0-