The first trade flights in two years between Turkey and Armenia are expected to begin today, Wednesday, as the two countries work to normalize relations.
A first plane of the Moldovan low-cost company FlyOne, which has a branch in Armenia, is expected early in the evening at Istanbul International Airport from Yerevan.
Another plane of the Turkish company Pegasus is expected to take off from another airport in Istanbul, Sabiha Gokcen, early in the evening to the capital of Armenia.
For Pegasus it is the first time, while the company counts on three flights a week, a spokesman told AFP, who asked not to be named.
Aram Ananyan, FlyOne's director for Armenia, confirmed to AFP that there will be two return flights Yerevan-Istanbul a week.
“This is good news, of course, but it is only a return to the status quo. the think tank researcher Carnegie Europe answering a question from AFP.
“We welcome this step, but without giving it too much political importance,” he said.
Flights between the two capitals were suspended after the early 2020 bankruptcy of Turkish low-cost carrier Atlasglobal, which provided several weekly connections.
Travelers have since had to pass through Georgia.
Turkey and Armenia recently began direct contacts to normalize relations with the appointment, followed by a meeting in Moscow on January 14 between their special envoys, Serdar Kilic, on the Turkish side, and Ruben Rubinian, on the Armenian side.
The land border between Turkey and Armenia has been closed since 1993, forcing trucks to pass through Georgia or Iran.