Georgian airports serviced 314,079 passengers in January in total, down by 3% YoY, United Airports of Georgia reported.
While Kutaisi and Batumi international airports experienced an increase in passenger flow, Tbilisi International Airport actually experienced a decrease. The reason was the Russian flight ban to and from Georgia, which came into force on July 8, 2019, and the suspension of direct flights from and to China related to avoiding the spread of the coronavirus.
Tbilisi International Airport serviced 211,590 passengers (-16%), Kutaisi International Airport – 79,759 passengers (+43%) and Batumi International Airport – 22,001 passengers (+38%).
As for local airports of Georgia, in January Mestia and Ambrolauri airports serviced 729 passengers in total, up by 44%: Mestia Airport – 641 passengers (+60%) and Ambrolauri Airport – 88 (-18%).
The decrease of passenger flow was recorded in Ambrolauri Airport due to suspension of flights as the result of bad weather. In January, only seven fights were carried out on the route Natakhtari-Ambrolauri-Natakhtari, down by 22%. (Agenda/Business World Magazine)