Kutaisi Airport to expand passenger capacity

Kutaisi is Georgia's second busiest airport A railroad link to the city will be built in 2018 (Kutaisi Airport)

David Agmashenbeli International Airport, which serves the Georgian city of Kutaisi, will expand its capacity to handle more flights simultaneously, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili announced at the July 21 government session. “A very important project linked with the construction of a new terminal at Kutaisi will be launched in August,” he said. “The project aims to expand the existing terminal to enable it to handle six flights at any given time.”

Kutaisi, located 200 km to the northeast of Georgia’s capital city Tbilisi, is the country’s second busiest airport. Owned by the government and managed by United Airports of Georgia (UAG), it is mostly used by low-cost carriers.

A spokesperson for UAG explained to Russian Aviation Insider that the old terminal will be expanded to allow for more traffic.

A railroad platform will also be built next to the terminal, with a 3-km railway linking the airport to the city center. The project was launched in April 2017 and is expected to be completed in one year. All this, Kvirikashvili said, will enable the airport to handle more passengers.

According to UAG, around 183,400 passengers traveled through Kutaisi airport in the first six months of 2017, or up 92% to the same period of last year. One of the main drivers behind the traffic growth was the introduction of visa-free travel for Georgian citizens visiting the EU in late March this year.

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