6 նոյեմբեր, 2014 10:12

No Direct Flights from Yerevan to Simferopol

grozni aviaThere will be no direct Yerevan-Simferopol flights. This, according to Ararat Muradyan the representative in Armenia of the airline carrier Grozny Avia.

In an interview with CivilNet, Grozny Avia representative Muradyan said he sees no political issue in the implementation of Yerevan-Simferopol flights. "We will realize the flight plan from Yerevan to Anapa [Russia] and afterward the flight will continue on from Anapa to Simferopol as a Russian domestic flight, just like Aeroflot, S7 and Transaero realize Yerevan-Moscow and Moscow-Simferopol flights. We’ll have transit passengers," said Ararat Muradyan.

 

The news about direct flights from Yerevan to Simferopol had caused serious discussions in Armenia. The main question everyone was asking was why should Yerevan allow direct flights to Crimea, a region that is under scrutiny for its questionable international legal status, given that Yerevan-Stepanakert flights have not been yet implemented.

In October, Crimea's Transport Minister Anatoly Tsurkin announced that a direct Simferopol-Yerevan flight was opened. According to Muradyan, the confusion followed that  announcement.

Muradyan said that as part of Ukraine, the Simferopol airport as an international airport, had the International Civil Aviation Organization codes, accepted and registered by EUROCONTROL (European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation). Following Crimea’s annexation by Russia, the Simferopol airport is now no longer recognized  by EUROCONTROL, although Russia has unilaterally recognized Simferopol as an international airport.

Ararat Muradyan said the initiative of a Yerevan-Simferopol flight was his idea. “I suggested to Grozny Avia that in addition to Kazan-Yerevan flights, it also realize Anapa-Yerevan and Yerevan-Anapa, Anapa-Simferopol flights. And that is how it will be,” Muradyan said. He underlined that they have applied for Yerevan-Anapa flights, from where the flight to Simferopol from Russian territory will be considered a domestic flight.

Crimea is an attractive tourist destination, especially in the summer months. Asked why the flights were initiated now after the tourist season had ended,  Muradyan answered, “Grozny Avia had its base in Simferopol in the summer, conducting flights from Simferopol to many Russian cities. I suggested that we also realize this flight. The process to receive confirmation takes two to three months. That was the summer season. But that does not mean anything, because there have always been flights from Yerevan to Simferopol; Armavia conducted them year-round.”

According to Muradyan, people fly to Crimea in the summer mainly for recreation and from September to the end of spring for medical purposes and the fact that there is a large Armenian community in Crimea justifies that “starting flights in any given month is realistic.”