03 Jul 2014 16:00
Etihad Airways’ flight EY298 touched down on schedule at Yerevan’s Zvartnots International Airport this morning, marking the start of the airline’s new four-times-per-week service between Abu Dhabi and the capital of the Republic of Armenia.
new Abu Dhabi - Yerevan route is operated by a two-class Airbus A320 aircraft,
configured to carry 136 passengers, with 16 seats in Business Class and 120
seats in Economy Class, offering a total of 1,088 seats per week.
Wende, Chief Executive Officer, Zvartnots International Airport, hosted a
ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the arrival of the first flight, and disembarking
guests were presented with a special commemorative certificate and welcomed
with traditional Armenian “Gata” sweet pastries.
Mueller, Etihad Airways’ Senior Vice President, Global Sales, said the new
flights catered for the significant and growing demand for travel between the
UAE and Armenia, as well as cities with large Armenian populations around the
world, particularly in the US – home to over 1.5 million people from the Armenian
is a welcome addition to Etihad Airways’ growing network of destinations and reinforces
our firm commitment to emerging markets.
more importantly, Etihad Airways’ new flights also provide business and leisure
travellers better access to and from Armenia, and convenient connections beyond
our Abu Dhabi hub to the Gulf region and to key destinations in North America
and across our global network.“
Airways currently flies daily to Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington, DC, and
twice daily to New York. Direct flights from Abu Dhabi to Dallas Fort Worth
will start from 3 December.
Avetisyan, Deputy Minister of Economy for the Republic of Armenia, said: "In
the framework of the Open Skies policy adopted by the Government of the
Republic of Armenia, we welcome Etihad Airways to Armenia and are confident its
new service to Yerevan will contribute to inbound tourism and stimulate
economic and commercial ties between the UAE and Armenia.”
between the UAE and Armenia has grown significantly over recent years, making
the UAE one of Armenia’s main trading partners, and its largest in the Gulf
new service builds on the existing flights between Armenia and the UAE, by
providing access to the airline’s hub in Abu Dhabi, and the opportunity of developing
greater commercial links and trade between Armenia and key business partners around
the world.” he added.
Situated along the Hrazdan River, Yerevan is the cultural, economic and
political heart of the country, with a population of more than a million. It’s
also the largest city of Armenia and one of the world’s oldest continuously
inhabited cities - known as the “City of the Sun and Light” and famous for its
vibrant nightlife, buzzing arts scene, cafe culture and Mediterranean mind-set.