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Naira Badalian

Repair work at Stepanvan Airport, as well as production of light  aircrafts will be discussed in Czech Republic

Repair work at Stepanvan Airport, as well as production of light  aircrafts will be discussed in Czech Republic

ArmInfo. A delegation of the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructures of Armenia will visit the Czech Republic (Olomouc) to discuss the reconstruction  of the Stepanvan Airport.

According to the official website of the government, the  corresponding decision was signed by RA Prime Minister Nikol  Pashinyan on September 27. According to the document, on October  11-13, 2021, Deputy Minister of Territorial Administration and  Infrastructure Armen Simonyan and expert of the Department of  Railway, Water and Air Transport Policy Vardan Chilingaryan will be  sent to the Czech Republic (Olomouc) to discuss the issue of  reconstruction of Stepanvan Airport, and also get acquainted with the  production of new types of aircrafts on the spot.

To recall, in October 2007, then head of the General Directorate of  Civil Aviation of Armenia Artyom Movsesyan, referring to the fate of  the non-functioning airport in the Armenian city of Stepanavan, said  that it was not profitable and at this stage there was generally a  question of its expediency. "The airport is currently not operating  because its operation is not profitable, and it is not advisable to  continue to maintain a company that accumulates debts. It seems to me  that the airport will be liquidated, and its property will be used  for other purposes," Movsesyan said.

However, the Stepanavan Airport in the Lori region of Armenia in 2013  was transferred to the Ministry of Territorial Administration by a  decision of the Armenian government. It was reported that repair work  at the Stepanavan Airport will be completed in 2016. "To service the  airport, we need heavy helicopters and light aircraft. Currently,  negotiations are underway with the Russian and Swiss sides," former  Minister of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations  (MTAES) of Armenia Armen Yeritsyan said at the budget hearings.

At the beginning of 2019, the Prosecutor General's Office of Armenia  announced that it had opened a criminal case on the fact of abuses  committed during the repair of the Stepanavan Airport in the Lori  region. The violations consisted in the fact that the contractor  company carried out the work not with its own money, but with public  funds. According to the information of the supervisory authority, in  March 2014, on the basis of a government decision, an agreement was  concluded between Newtech Shin and the Ministry of Emergency  Situations of Armenia to carry out repair work and capital  construction at the airport. According to the agreement, the company  was supposed to carry out the work at its own expense, but in the  end, the officials of the Ministry of Emergency Situations handed  over metal plates and other building materials to it for 255.6  million drams (about $ 525 thousand). The company used part of the  materials for repairs, part was returned to the Ministry of Emergency  Situations, Sputnik-Armenia writes.  However, as a result of the  check, the prosecutor's office did not find 478 units of slabs worth  7.5 million drams (about $ 15 thousand). A criminal case was opened  under clause 1 of part 3 of article 179 and part 2 of article 308 of  the RA Criminal Code "Large-scale embezzlement", "Exceeding official  powers, leading through negligence to grave consequences."

In July 2021, the press service of the Ministry of Territorial  Administration and Infrastructures of Armenia reported that Deputy  Minister Armen Simonyan received representatives of the Czech company  Balus Tech. According to the information, during the meeting,   director of the company Vladimir Nemets presented its activities and  planned programs in the field of aviation in Armenia. In particular,  the parties discussed the reconstruction of the Stepanavan Airport,  as well as the organization of the production of small aircrafts on  its territory. Armen Simonyan welcomed the initiative of the Czech  company and expressed readiness for further cooperation. The parties  decided to hold another meeting for a more detailed consideration of  the project of the Czech company, which, if implemented, will be  submitted to the Armenian government. 


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