Monthly Archives: March 2013

Armenian airline suspends flights and starts bankruptcy proceedings

The national air carrier of Armenia, Armavia, made a decision
to suspend operations of all flights as of April 1, 2013, the Air Company’s
Press Service reported, writes ARKA.

“A decision was made to suspend flights and begin the bankruptcy process”,
the statement says.

The national Armenian airline, Armavia, was established in 1996. In 2005, all its shares
were transferred to the President of Mika Limited, Mikhail Bagdasarov, one of
the largest entrepreneurs in Armenia.
At present, Armavia operates over 100 flights a week to more than 40
destinations in 20 countries.

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Airport’s reconstruction in Taraz, Kazakhstan scheduled in April

There are plans to start reconstruction of the Aulie-Ata International Airport in Taraz and its
runway in April 2013, KazTAG reports referring to the Press Service of the Zhambyl
Region’s Governor.

“The runway was transferred to the balance of the Ministry of Transport and
Communications. The project documentation has already been developed. During
the nearest days, one will conduct a tender and, in early April, one should begin
the reconstruction of the runway”, Askar Dzhaldinov, Spokesperson of the Zhambyl
Region’s Governor, said.

According to him, the airport will be reconstructed on public-private
partnership conditions. As explained by Dzhaldinov, there are plans to reconstruct
the passenger terminal, to modernize lighting/signal equipment, a hotel and a surrounding
area. Also, a motor depot and a  cargo
terminal will be built.

 “At present, the Aulie-Ata Airport is the second-class facility and
it is able to accept and depart medium and light aircraft”, he added.

Meanwhile, the reconstruction of the terminal is scheduled to begin in
April 2013.

“At present, the private air company, SCAT, owns the terminal building, the
reconstruction of which is planned to start in April”, Spokesperson of the Zhambyl
Region’s Governor reported.

Dzhaldinov noted  the private air company
plans to spend 2.4 billion KZT to reconstruct the airport building.

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Turkmen President familiarizes with new capital city’s airport project

Having returned from his working trip to Dashoguz,Turkmenistan, the Turkmen
President, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, got acquainted with the project of
building a new international airport in Ashgabat,

At the Ashgabat International Airport,
the President was welcomed by representatives of the Turkish company, “Polimex”,
which will build the new airport for the capital city. The President of
Turkmenistan was presented with special plates with sketches of buildings of
the new airport and information on their technical characteristics. During the
presentation, the President got familiar in details with the developments of
Turkish specialists, and he also noted it would be necessary to build an
additional motor-road leading to the airport.

The new Ashgabat International Airportwill have a carrying capacity of 1,600 passengers per hour and a turnover of
200,000 tons of cargo per year. The length of its runway will be 3,800 meters, the area
??the terminal buildings will come to 1,200 hectares. In
addition, the current runway will be reconstructed.

The complex of the airport’s buildings will also include a school for
aviation personnel trainings for  600
people and a medical and sports facility for the crews.

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Helicopter provided by Russia for Kyrgyz Ministry of Emergencies operates private flights to Afghanistan

“The helicopter, which was provided by Russiato the Kyrgyz Ministry of Emergency Situations, as a humanitarian aid, operates
private flights to Afghanistan”,
Iskhak Pirmatov, Kyrgyz Parliament Member, said today at a meeting of the
Republic Faction.

According to him, the Kyrgyz Ministry of Emergency Situations, uses an old
helicopter produced in 1970. “Also, we have information that three helicopters
from Russia were rented for
commercial flights to Afghanistan.
What profits does the Ministry get from this? I am asking for information on
this issue”, the Deputy noted.

At that, Davletbek Alimbekov, Deputy Minister of Emergency Situations
(MES) of the country, reported this helicopter had operated commercial flights since
2009 to mid-year of 2011. “During the next 18 months, this helicopter has been idle.
The MES needed 40 million KGS for operating the helicopter base enterprise. We
wanted the company would be self-sustainable. In this regard, commercial
transportation to Afghanistanhave been resumed. The helicopter was leased at market prices, at US $2,300 per
hour. It had flown for a month, and during this period, one had transferred 7,000,000
KGS to the enterprise. At the moment, the helicopter is broken and does not
work”, he reported.

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Kyrgyzstan needs fire helicopter

Kyrgyzstan needs a
fire helicopter”, Davletbek Alimbekov, Deputy Minister of Emergency Situations inKyrgyzstan,
said at a meeting of the Republic Faction today.

According to him, there was fire in a forest on the border between Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan last year. “Because of
the lack of helicopters, people had to extinguish the fire by pouring buckets
of water on flames. During three days, we had bee fighting with fire, but could
not extinguish. On the third day, the fire was extinguished by a helicopter
from Kazakhstan”,
Alimbekov explained.

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Armenia’s actions on possible flights to Hodzhaly Airport not in accordance with international law

The Armenia’s actions
on possible operation of civilian flights to the Hodzhaly Airport located in the occupied
territories of Azerbaijan are not in compliance with the international law norms, told Azerbaijani Civil
Aviation Administration (ACAA) told Trend on Friday.

“Our position on this issue remains unchanged – the Armenian side is wrong
and does not comply with international law”, the Administration noted.

The ACAA said the Agency has repeatedly appealed to international
organizations on the possible start of illegal civilian flights to the occupied
territories by Armenia, and
the organizations have repeatedly confirmed the validity of the Azerbaijan’s

Opening the new airport in Hodzhaly is an opened violation of the
International Convention on Civil Aviation that was signed in Chicago on December 7, 1944.

Other actions in relation to illegal civil flights, if necessary, will
be undertaken by relevant state authorities, highlighted by the Administration.

Azerbaijan has banned using air space in
Nagorno-Karabakh occupied by Armenia,
as no one can guarantee the safety in this area. The International Civil
Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC)
also support the Azerbaijan’s
position on this issue.

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General Department of Civil Aviation of Armenia: “Safety is fully guaranteed, 19-seat aircraft to fly from Yerevan to Khankendi”

General Department of Civil Aviation of Armenia (GDCAA) will allow civil
aircrafts to fly to Azerbaijan’s
Khankendi city, which is under Armenia’s

APA reports quoting website that chief of General Department of
Civil Aviation of ArmeniaArtem Movsisyan told journalists.

“Flights will be operated in compliance with the rules of
international organizations. We do not want to step on them to retreat. A lot
depends on the active work of aviation authorities of Nagorno-Karabakh. If they
complete the work, we are ready “, – said A. Movsisyan. He refused to note
exact date.

Movsisyan said that Yerevanairport is small, but nice and comfortable, its capacity is sufficient for the
planned passenger carrying. “Runway is in good condition, safety is fully
guaranteed, but there are some unresolved minor technical issues related to the
maintenance of aircraft,” – he said.

He noted that Karabakh has no civil aircraft, and flights will be
realized by 19-seat aircrafts of the Republic of Armenia. The flight
duration is 45 – 50 minutes.

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New airport to be built in northern region of northern Azerbaijan

Research works started in northern region of Azerbaijan to built new airport,
said the head of Executive Power of Guba region Yusif Abidov.

According to him, the airport will be important for northern region of Azerbaijan from
the viewpoint of both tourism and foreign capital investments.

Deputy head of Executive Power said that the researches are conducted in
neighbour Khachmaz, Siyazan and Shabran. In Guba, the airport could be built in
the area covering Dellekkend, Aghbil and Vladimirovka villages.

Abidov noted that approximately 500-600 ha area is required for
airport: “This area must be located on the side of river to use construction
materials. Executive Power submitted the acceptable areas for airport to
specialists from Baku.
The side of Gudyalchay River is more acceptable
for construction of airport. Examples of soil were sent to expertise. The
specialists inspect the area covering some villages”.

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Air Astana introduces through fares for Aktau – Moscow flights through Atyrau

The Kazakhstan’s
national air carrier, Air Astana, reports on introducing through fares on the Aktau
– Atyrau – Moscow route and back.

The rates are 42,000 KZT+* one way (OW) and 68,000 KZT+* roundtrip (RT).

* – These rates are for the economy class, including passenger and
airport charges.

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KLM – 500 Flying Blue bonus miles in honor of the fifth flight frequency from Almaty

Starting from April 2013, the KLM Airline increases the frequency flights
from Almaty to five flights per week and, to celebrate this event, it presents 500
award miles to its Flying Blue participants flying from Kazakhstan.

These bonus miles are credited for flights flown in April or May 2013
from Almaty to any of 15 cities listed below (roundtrip), in addition to standard
accumulating miles. To take an advantage of this offer, please do not forget to
mention your Flying Blue number when booking or check-in your flights.

The offer is valid for flights flown from April 1 to May 31, 2013.

The list of destinations is as follows: Amsterdam,Paris, Milan, Barcelona, Madrid, London, Rome, Munich, Geneva, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Vancouver, Rio de Janeiro and Havana.

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