Traffic through Georgian airports grow 25.7% in 2016
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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