January 06, 2020: Beginning May 2020, Ryanair will fly to Greece as its newest direct link with Armenia. Two new, twice-weekly routes from Gyumri (Armenia) to Athens (Greece) and from Yerevan (Armenia) to Thessaloniki (Greece) will start as part of the airline’s extended Armenia summer 2020 schedule.
Armenian consumers and visitors can now book their summer holidays to Greece as far out as October 2020.
Ryanair’s David O’Brien said, “Ryanair is pleased to further develop direct EU links for Armenia with the announcement of brand-new routes from Gyumri to Athens and from Yerevan to Thessaloniki. The Armenian government departure tax exemption for new, environmentally-friendly direct routes has more than doubled the number of direct EU routes to Armenia from 6 to 16 in just one year. European tourists and business travellers prefer direct flights with Ryanair, Europe’s greenest airline, rather than high emission connecting flights through the polluting hubs of Germany, France, and Holland.”
In April 2020, Wizz Air will also expand into Armenia with new flights from Vilnius (Lithuania) and Vienna (Austria) to Zvartnots International Airport in Yerevan.
Recently, Abu Dhabi Developmental Holding Company (ADDH) has reached an agreement in principle for establishing a local airline in Abu Dhabi in partnership with the Budapest-based carrier. The new airline will be Wizz Air’s first airline to be established outside Europe. It is proposed that the low-cost airline will be formed via a joint venture with Wizz Air and operations are expected to launch in the second half of 2020.
In 2020, Ryanair, Wizz, and Air Baltic are all due to launch flights, connecting the capital Yerevan with cities including Milan, Rome, Berlin, and Vienna.