Armenian International Airport – the departure gates (c) Artur Papyan, 13Mar2010
Yerevan’s airport used to be my nightmare for years. Leaving Armenia or flying in was associated with the feeling of discomfort, dark, smelly floors and staff that liked to push you around. Not anymore! I’m sitting in the new departure gates right now, using aiport’s free wifi…. everything’s clean and tidy, gleaming and nicely ventilated, with good looking, pleasant and nicely trained staff.
We’re still coming into the airport through the old soviet style Zvartnots Aiport building, which looks great if you look at it from a distance, but come close or get inside… nah! Anyway, there are plans to turn it into an aviation museum and open up new entry to the brand new airport building which is now mostly functional.
Days of tense work and preparations are over, didn’t have much time to blog, but hopefully the bad times are over. I’m off to Vienna today and on to Washington D.C. Will take part in an exciting Social Media Tour in the U.S. with a chance to meet Google, Facebook and a lot of U.S. State Department people. Let me know if you have questions to ask those guys.