Karabakh government is expected to finished the construction of the airport located some 8 kilometers away from Stepanakert already in November.
The airport, which could be used both for civilian and military purposes, will have a regular flight service with Armenia. Officials have said only that a one-way air ticket to the Armenian capital will cost 16,000 drams ($45).
By comparison, the current fare for a minibus trip from Stepanakert to Yerevan costs 5,000 drams per person. However, the flight will only take 30 minutes, versus the 5-6 hours of very tiring minibus trips, so the extra amount might be well worth it, even if not always affordable.
The airport had been severely damaged during the 1991-1992 war. Karabakh authorities raised about 1 billion drams ($2.8 million) for its reconstruction from unspecified “charitable sources,” RFE/RL reports.
Government officials said earlier this year that a flight service between Stepanakert and Yerevan could be launched already in mid-October. However, Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR), made clear that this will not happen before the end of this year as he inspected the under-construction facility on Tuesday., the president of
PS: Since Karabakh is an independent state and the flight to Yerevan will technically be a flight to the neighboring country, can we call it the Stepanakert International Airport? Sounds cool, huh? :)