I reported earlier about the new flights from Yerevan to Van that will beginning in April. It seems that those flights are now cancelled. The official rationale for the cancellations is they were cancelled because of a low numbers of passengers, which is an odd explanation as the flights have yet to start. I personally know a dozen people interested in taking one of the first flights (including myself). And, I’m sure as the tourist season begins in Armenia, more and more tourists would make the trip to Van as well. The official agency that killed the flights is the Turkey’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation, which makes it almost certain that it was high-level politics that killed them.
In further bad news, Armavia, the national airline of Armenia, declared bankruptcy and grounded all their flights starting tomorrow.