Georgian airports estimate losses due to flight ban from Russia

Over the first three quarters of this year, Georgian airports served over four million passengers, thereby increasing passenger traffic by 5.4%, as compared to the same period last year, however, with interruptions in summer flights with the Russian Federation, the growth figure is 9-10 percentage points less than previously expected, according to the Georgian Airports Association.

According to this source, “the figures are about 9-10% behind the predicted data (nine-month passenger traffic growth was expected to reach 14-15%), which is connected with the prohibitions on direct flights to/from Russia,” the statement said.

Protests rallied the capital of Georgia on June 20, protesters opposed the participation of Russian delegates in the session of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy. The radicals captured the parliament building, where Russian representatives were located. The special forces dispersed the rally, but on June 21 the protests continued. 240 people were injured, and more than 300 were detained.

Against the backdrop of these events, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree banning Russian airlines to carry citizens from Russia to Georgia since July 8, 2019 and recommending tour operators and agents not to sell air tickets to this country. Meanwhile, according to Georgian statistics, last year every fifth tourist in Georgia (21%) was from Russia.

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