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The "open sky" policy in Armenia may result in restoration of the direct Yerevan-Delhi flight, Indian ambassador thinks

Yerevan. The "open sky" policy conducted by the authorities of Armenia may result in restoration of the direct Yerevan-Delhi flight, India's Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador to Armenia and Georgia Suresh Babu told Arminfo correspondent.

He said that earlier the direct flight from Yerevan to Delhi was implemented by "Armavia" air company, but the latter stopped functioning at the market and the flight still remains unclaimed. At present. all the companies have been implementing transit flights from Yerevan to Delhi through Dubai, Moscow and Abu-Dabi, and the problem of opening of the direct flight is being discussed, but has not been settled yet, the ambassador said. "This is a commercial flight, and no company will implement it without calculation of the economic profit. However, I think that the problem may be resolved as a result of the "open sky" policy conducted by Armenia",- he said.

The ambassador said that India is one of the tourist attracting countries of the world. About 7 million tourists visited India last year, bringing a profit $18,4 billion. He also added that tourism is an important sector of economy both to India and Armenia, and Indian authorities make great efforts for development of this sector of economy. He said that there is a great potential for development of tourism, but for its fulfillment, it is necessary to develop infrastructures, to simplify the visa regime, to train the serving staff, tour guides and translators.

According to the ambassador, the tourist flow from Armenia to India is not so big versus other countries. Indian Embassy in Armenia delivers about 2 thousand visas every year. But, for instance, 250.000 tourists from Russia visit India every year. However, the ambassador is confident that opening of the direct flight between Armenia and India may result in the growth of the tourist flow, and in general may activate the trade and economic relations between the two countries. "The direct flight is comfortable to everybody who wants to have a transit flight. It may lead to the growth of the passenger traffic. I think that if not this year, at least over the next years the air companies, including the Indian ones, will find new routes", - the Indian Ambassador said.


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