Traffic through Georgian airports grow 25.7% in 2016

In the second half of the year traffic growth in Georgian airports picked up In the second half of the year traffic growth in Georgian airports picked up (Photo by Tbilisi Airport)

Passenger traffic through Georgian airports grew 25.7% last year. Airports in Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Batumi and Mestia handled a total of 2.841 million passengers, reported the country’s Civil Aviation Agency.

Traffic growth rate was the highest in Kutaisi Airport, which handled 271,400 passengers, up 48.3% year on year. The traffic picked up in the second half of the year, whereas in the period from January to June it averaged 21%. The largest contribution to the airport’s growth was Hungarian low-cost carrier Wizz Air, which opened a base at Kutaisi.

Batumi was second fastest growing airport. Its 2016 traffic grew 37.9% year-on-year, to 312,300 passengers. Georgia’s largest airport in the country’s capital of Tbilisi reported 22% traffic growth. Some 2.253 million passengers passed through the airport last year. Aeroflot’s low-cost subsidiary Pobeda launched flights to Tbilisi.

Queen Tamara Airport in Mestia, on the contrary, saw its traffic decrease by 5.62% last year, to 4,200 passengers.

Traffic growth through airports in Georgia was predictable. At the end of the first half of 2016 it grew 21.3%. Batumi led with the growth rate of 47.1% followed by Kutaisi and Tbilisi (+19.2%). Queen Tamara Airport’s traffic also grew 7.3%. The positive trend was explained by growing traffic to destinations like Turkey, Israel, UAE and Russia.

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