Georgian authorities do not intend to subsidize flights from Russia

The Georgian authorities do not intend to subsidize direct flights from Russia, funding will be allocated for flights to European destinations, according to the Prime Minister George Gaharia.

“In terms of subsidizing flights, the main destination includes the airport in Kutaisi, Georgia. Direct flights are carried out to 50 places in Europe. Direct flights serve as the most efficient and fast instrument to increase the number of tourists and we will use this form in the future since it works well,” he told reporters after meeting with representatives of the tourism business.

After Russia introduced a ban on direct flights to Georgia, the country’s authorities decided to allocate EUR 1.2 million for the subsidy of flights in transit through Yerevan. As expected by the Georgian government, the payment for each passenger brought in from Russia will be no more than EUR 90 without VAT, but the total amount of the agreement with each airline should not exceed EUR 600 thousand.

Russia has interrupted direct flights with Georgia since July 8. This decision was made by President Vladimir Putin amid the fact that Tbilisi was overwhelmed by mass anti-Russian protests.

Last week, Georgian authorities reported a record reduction in tourist flow at Tbilisi and Batumi airports. According to their forecasts, due to the cessation of air links with Russia, the tourist sector will miss over US $ 700 million this year.

Source – https://www.aviaport.ru/

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