Passenger traffic decreases in Georgian airports in January 2020

In January 2020, Georgian airports as a whole served more than 314 thousand passengers, which is by 3% less, as compared to the same period last year (over 324.5 thousand passengers). Such data are disseminated by the Georgian Airports Association.

At the same time, in January passenger growth was recorded at all international and local airports of the country, except Tbilisi.

In January, the Tbilisi’s Shota Rustaveli International Airport served over 211.5 thousand passengers, which is by 16% less, as compared to the same period in 2019 (over 252.1 thousand passengers).

The reason for the decrease in passenger traffic is the lack of direct flights en route Georgia – Russia, which was suspended on July 8, 2019, as well as the termination of direct flights with China due to coronavirus.

Meanwhile, in January 2020, passenger traffic at the Kutaisi International Airport named after David Agmashenebeli increased significantly, focused mainly on flights to Europe. In January, the airport in Kutaisi took over 79.7 thousand passengers, which is by 43% more, as compared to the same period last year (over 55.8 thousand passengers).

A positive trend is also observed for the airport in Batumi named after Alexander Kartveli, which in January was visited by over 22 thousand passengers, which is by 38% more, as compared to the same period last year (about 16 thousand passengers).

As for local airports, in January 2020, the airport in Mestia named after Queen Tamar took 641 passengers (an increase by 60%). Last January, this airport served 401 passengers.

Ambrolauri Airport, which turned three in January of this year, took 88 people, which is by 18% less, as compared to the same period last year (107 passengers). The reason for the reduction in passenger traffic included the cancellation of flights, according to the Georgian Airports Association. Due to the weather in January, only seven domestic flights were operated en route Natakhtari – Ambrolauri – Natakhtari, which is by 22% less than last year (nine flights).

Source – http://bizzone.info/

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