Georgia hopes to lift ban on flights from Russia during the nearest six months

Georgia hopes that the Russian authorities will lift the ban on flights to the country over the next six months. Such an assumption was made by the director of the Georgian Airports Association George Chogovadze in his interview with the Georgian newspaper named Rezonansi, published on Tuesday.

“Of course, the reduction in flights from Russia caused us great damage, but we are optimistic that flights are growing in the direction of the European Union. Today we do not have accurate information, however, apparently, over the next six months, flights from Russia, probably will be restored,” Mr.  Chogovadze said.

The official also noted that in parallel with this, the authorities developed a concept for transforming the David Kagaisi International Airport named after David Agmashenebeli into a low-cost hub that will operate for flights to Europe. “The concept will be beautifully sold to serve not only the citizens of Georgia, but also Azerbaijan, Armenia, Eastern Turkey and Southern Russia. They will be able to travel through Kutaisi airport to Europe through dozens of direct flights,” he stressed.

By a decree of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin of June 21, Russian airlines are temporarily prohibited to carry out their flights to Georgia since July 8, 2019. On July 8, the RF Ministry of Transport’s decision of June 22 to suspend flights of Georgian airlines to Russia also entered into force. These measures were introduced after several thousand people staged an anti-Russian rally in Tbilisi near the parliament building on June 20, and the police dispersed it.

The clash was caused by a scandal involving State Duma deputy Sergei Gavrilov and other delegates from Russia in the work of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy (MAP). The outrage of the opposition Georgian deputies caused their Russian colleague, who is the president of the IAP, to conduct a meeting sitting in the chair of the country’s parliament chairman. And the day before the ban on flights in the broadcasting of the Georgian television company Rustavi-2, abuse was made against the Russian leadership.

In August, ex-Prime Minister of Georgia Mamuka Bakhtadze said that Georgia had lost about $ 60 million due to the ban on flights from Russia.

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