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Shirak Airport

Shirak Airport
Shirak Airport in Gyumri
Airport information
 Location of airport in Armenia
Airport typePublic
OwnerGeneral Department of Civil Aviation of Armenia
OperatorArmenia International Airports CJSC, owned by Corporation America
LocationGyumri, Shirak, Armenia
Elevation1524 m (5000 ft)

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Shirak International Airport is an international airport serving Gyumri and the province of Shirak. 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. Currently, the airport has scheduled flights to Moscow, Rostov-on-Don and Sochi.

At the start of 2006, Armenia felt the importance of having a second international 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 traffic control equipment has now been put into operation at the airport, which allows identification of planes within a 400 km radius. The equipment is a newly developed system and according to the Czech company that implemented it, this is the first time it has been installed at an airport in a mountainous location, and the experience from its installation will serve as a model for its future installation in other regions. Runway 02 is equipped with an ILS CAT I, enabling aircraft operations in low ceiling (60 meters) and visibility (800 meters).

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