After yesterday’s news about Georgian Airways’s new routes to Western Europe to start in March 2018, another sign as to the increasing importance of Tbilisi as one of the world’s most fastest-growing international tourism market came today with the opening of a new arrivals terminal at Tbilisi International Airport.
Costing $33 million, the new terminal occupies a site in excess of 12,000m2 and features a new, two-exit boarding bridge, five new parking spaces for planes, 150m of conveyor belt for moving luggage into the terminal, plus an additional 250 parking lots for cars.
The official opening ceremony was attended by Georgia’s Prime Minister, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, the President of TAV Holding, Sani Senar, together with the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Giorgi Gakharia, plus Turkey’s Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communication, Ahmet Arslan. TAV Georgia, which is a subsidiary of the Turkish company, TAV Airports Holding, has operated Tbilisi International Airport since 2005.
The Prime Minister announced that, with the addition of the new terminal, Tbilisi International Airport now has the capacity to receive up to 4 million passengers per year. Such has been the tremendous growth in passenger numbers using the airport that the new terminal had to be started earlier than originally intended. Construction on the new terminal started in January of this year and employed 500 people during the construction process.
After the country received its 6 millionth tourist earlier this year, which was celebrated with great fanfare, the President announced that the 7 millionth tourist is now expected very shortly.
Currently there are 42 airlines – both scheduled and chartered – operating routes to Tbilisi International Airport, covering 45 destinations around the world.