35 Minutes to NKR: Flights to begin May 9

The Civil Aviation Department of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic has announced that flights from Yerevan to Stepanakert’s newly renovated airport will begin May 9 – a date that also marks the re-taking of Shushi (1994) by Armenian forces.

A one-way ticket for the 35-minute flight is expected to cost 15,000 drams ($41) and will be operated by Artsakhavia Airlines on three 50-passenger SRJ-200 aircraft.

Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Administration of Azerbaijan says it has a right to shoot down any aircraft flying into the airport as it would violate the no flight zone designated by the Azeris, who see the self-declared NKR as “occupied territory”.