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Armenia, Belgium Set To Expand Cooperation In Aviation


Armenia - The Zvartnots international airport in Yerevan.

Armenia - The Zvartnots international airport in Yerevan.

The Armenian government on Thursday endorsed a proposal to sign an agreement with the government of Belgium regarding air communications.

According to the Armenian government, the agreement is aimed at introducing the principles of the ‘open skies’ policy and ensuring a level playing field for airlines of both countries.

“The adoption of the draft will make it possible to expand Armenian-Belgian cooperation in the aviation sector and will contribute to the development of tourism and economic relations between the two countries,” the government in Yerevan said in a statement.

The draft document mainly defines and regulates the authorities, rights and obligations of airlines designated for the implementation of international air transportation, the provisions on aviation maintenance and flight safety requirements, tariffs formation, fair competition and commercial cooperation between airlines, the applicable laws and procedures for resolving disputes.

The Armenian government first opted for the ‘open skies’ policy, meaning a liberalization of the domestic civil aviation sector, in 2013, several months after the country’s national air carrier, Armavia, went bankrupt.

Air Armenia, a private carrier thereto engaged only in cargo transportation, attempted to replace Armavia as Armenia’s passenger airline amid the new government policy. It suspended its flights in late 2014 citing unfair competition from Russian companies.

Last month another airline, Armenia, whose majority stake is held by a local businessman, launched flights to several destinations, including Moscow, and plans to expand gradually over time.

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