Shirak Airport

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.[1]

Shirak Airport

Շիրակ Միջազգային Oդանավակայան
Shirak Airport.jpg
Summary
Airport typeInternational / Military
OwnerGeneral Department of Civil Aviation of Armenia
OperatorArmenia International Airports CJSC
ServesGyumri
LocationGyumri, Shirak, Armenia
Elevation AMSL5,000 ft / 1,524 m
Coordinates40°45′01″N 43°51′33″E / 40.75028°N 43.85917°E / 40.75028; 43.85917
Map
LWN is located in Armenia
LWN
LWN
Location of airport in Armenia
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
02/20 10,564 3,220 Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Number of PassengersDecrease 147,536

HistoryEdit

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.[1] 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.

OverviewEdit

Runway 02 is equipped with an ILS CAT I, enabling aircraft operations in low ceiling (60 meters) and visibility (800 meters).[2] 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.

 
Shirak Airport Terminal

Airlines and destinationsEdit

As of May 1, 2020, all destinations to and from Gyumri are suspended due to COVID-19 regulations.

AirlinesDestinations
Pobeda Moscow–Vnukovo
Ryanair Memmingen[3]
Seasonal: Athens[4][citation needed]
Ural Airlines Seasonal: Krasnodar, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Volgograd

StatisticsEdit

Year 2005[5] 2006[6] 2007[6] 2008[7] 2016 2017 2018 2019
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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Հայաստանի Հանրապետության քաղաքացիական ավիացիայի կոմիտե". www.aviation.am. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007.
  2. ^ "armats". www.armats.com.
  3. ^ "Ryanair to start flights from Armenia in January 2020". armradio.am. Retrieved 2019-10-16.
  4. ^ "Ryanair Continues Armenian Expansion | Ryanair's Corporate Website".
  5. ^ "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
  6. ^ a b "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
  7. ^ "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

External linksEdit

  Media related to Shirak Airport at Wikimedia Commons