Shirak Airport (Armenian: Շիրակ միջազգային օդանավակայան, (IATA: LWN, ICAO: UDSG) is an international airport serving Gyumri and the province of Shirak, Armenia. It is located about 5 km from the center of Gyumri. The airport was inaugurated in 1961, and is the second largest airport in the country, after Yerevan's Zvartnots International Airport.
Շիրակ Միջազգային Oդանավակայան
|Airport type||International / Military|
|Owner||General Department of Civil Aviation of Armenia|
|Operator||Armenia International Airports CJSC|
|Location||Gyumri, Shirak, Armenia|
|Elevation AMSL||5,000 ft / 1,524 m|
The airport terminal was built in 1982 by architects Levon Christophorian and Ruben Asratyan. However, after the earthquake in 1988, the airport became largely inoperable and practically unused until it was partially renewed in 2004. At the start of 2006, Armenia felt the importance of having a second airport, when adverse weather conditions meant that many flights had to be diverted from Yerevan’s Zvartnots International Airport into Gyumri’s Shirak Airport. New radar systems that allow aircraft identification within a 400 km radius were installed in 2006. In 2007, the runway underwent major repairs and was completely re-asphalted. A new Finnish IDMAN light-signal system has been installed since, and repair works have been carried out in the ramp and special ground handling technics have been imported. In 2007 the General Department of Civil Aviation of the Government of Armenia granted Shirak airport an ICAO First Class Airport license. A new arrivals hall is currently being built and is expected to open by June 2020.
Runway 02 is equipped with an ILS CAT I, enabling aircraft operations in low ceiling (60 meters) and visibility (800 meters). The airport is also equipped with a new air traffic control tower, and a new boiler room, both built as part of the renewal project. The airport features a Dufry duty-free shop after security.
Airlines and destinationsEdit
As of May 1, 2020, all destinations to and from Gyumri are suspended due to COVID-19 regulations.
|Ryanair|| Memmingen |
Seasonal: Athens
|Ural Airlines||Seasonal: Krasnodar, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Volgograd|
|Departing passenger traffic||18,800||24,011||11,339||12,911||6,593||52,828||83,574||74,103|
|Arriving passenger traffic||27,300||22,399||7,291||9357||5,828||52,836||82,372||73,433|
|Total passenger traffic||46,100||46,410||18,630||22,268||12,421||105,664||165,946||147,536|
|Exported freight (tons)||20||3.1||N/A||2.0||4||1.3||0.3||N/A|
|Imported freight (tons)||126||15||6.2||62.6||0.2||1||0.3||N/A|
|Total freight (tons)||146||18.1||6.2||64.5||4.2||2.3||0.6||N/A|
|Aircraft movements (departure or landing)||472||355||166||144||54||372||488||453|
- "Հայաստանի Հանրապետության քաղաքացիական ավիացիայի կոմիտե". www.aviation.am. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007.
- "armats". www.armats.com.
- "Ryanair to start flights from Armenia in January 2020". armradio.am. Retrieved 2019-10-16.
- "Ryanair Continues Armenian Expansion | Ryanair's Corporate Website".
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-05-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) General Department of Civil Aviation of Armenia - 2005-2006 Statistics
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-05-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) General Department of Civil Aviation of Armenia - 2006-2007 Statistics
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-05-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) General Department of Civil Aviation of Armenia - 2008-2009 Statistics
Media related to Shirak Airport at Wikimedia Commons
- General Department of Civil Aviation of Armenia - airport information (in English)
- Airport information for UDSG at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.