STEPANAKERT (Yerkir)—Technical issues were cited Tuesday for a possible postponement of the opening of the Stepanakert airport, which was slated for May 9.
“Aside from technical concerns, there are no obstacles in opening the Stepanakert airport,” said Nagorno-Karabakh Republic presidential spokesman Davit Babayan in speaking to Kavkazi Uzel online newspaper. He emphasized that Azeri threats to down civilian aircraft had no bearing in the decision.
Babayan said while it would have been ideal to open the airport on May 9, which is the anniversary of the liberation of Shoushi and Victory Day, the authorities are mindful to ensure that all necessary measures were taken to guarantee the optimum operation of the airport.
“This is a very complex matter and it requires that we are fully ready, in order to avoid any technical deficiencies,” said Babayan, who explained that the airport was originally slated for operation in October or November of 2010 and ensured that the facility will be operational this year, just not on May 9.
The Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Civil Aviation Department head Valery Adbashian announced that while a specific date has not been chosen, the airport, most likely, will be operations in early summer.