YEREVAN, May 20. / ARKA /. Armenian government’s decision to switch to the so-called ‘open skies’ policy will result in a 20-25% increase in the number of transported passengers, economy minister Karen Chshmarityan said today.
Acting on a recommendation by McKinsey & Company and the National Competitiveness Foundation of Armenia the Armenian government liberalized last October the domestic civil aviation sector saying that all local and foreign airlines meeting safety standards will be allowed to fly to and from Armenia without special authorizations or other restrictions.
Speaking at a meeting of consumer watchdogs in some former Soviet republics in Yerevan, Chshmarityan said the new policy will give a boost to tourism industry.
Armenia’s Zvartnots international airport handled 136,000 passengers in April, a 17 percent increase over the same month in 2013.
According to the National Statistical Service, the number of tourists visiting Armenia in January- March 2014 increased by 20.5 % compared to the same period in 2013, to 154,471.-0-