Three European airlines stopped flights to Yerevan in 2012, vice-chairman of the Armenian Association of Travel Agents Yeghishe Tanashyan said today, Armenian Report reported.
In particular, British Airways, Lot Polish Airlines and Latvian Air Baltic refused to fly there.
He said that thanks to Air Baltic, the flights to northern Europe were affordable and British Airways served U.S tourists offering expensive, but comfortable conditions.
The private sector of Armenian tourism had great hopes regarding Polish Airlines because the standard of living has increased in Poland, even during the world downturn and the country's tourism companies had an interest in Armenia. Negotiations were held in connection with Armenia's participation in the largest Polish exhibition. After the cancellation of flights, all these projects have been frozen.
Tanashyan said that the reason was the high prices at Zvartnots airport, as well as non-free air space.
Currently, prices for flights to Eastern Europe increased by 20-25 per cent compared to previous years.