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Tbilisi Airport
თბილისის საერთაშორისო აეროპორტი
Tbilisi airport 1.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner United Airports of Georgia LLC
Operator TAV Airports Holding
Serves Tbilisi
Location Tbilisi, Georgia
Hub for Flyvista, Georgian Airways
Elevation AMSL 1,624 ft / 495 m
Coordinates 41°40′09″N 044°57′17″E / 41.66917°N 44.95472°E / 41.66917; 44.95472Coordinates: 41°40′09″N 044°57′17″E / 41.66917°N 44.95472°E / 41.66917; 44.95472
Website Tbilisi International Airport
TBS is located in Georgia (country)
Location within Georgia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
13R/31L 3,000 9,843 Concrete
13L/31R 2,500 8,202 Asphalt/Concrete
Number Length Surface
m ft
H1 30 98 Asphalt/Concrete
Source: Georgian AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]

Tbilisi International Airport (Georgian: თბილისის საერთაშორისო აეროპორტი) (IATA: TBSICAO: UGTB) formerly Novo Alexeyevka International Airport, is the main international airport in Georgia, located 17 km (11 mi) southeast[1] of the capital Tbilisi.


February 2007 saw the completion of a reconstruction project, with the construction of a new international terminal, a car park, improvements to the apron, taxiway and runway and the acquisition of ground handling equipment. A rail link to the city centre has been constructed, with an infrequent rail service of 6 trains per day each way. George W. Bush Avenue leads from the airport to downtown Tbilisi.[2]

The airport has a contemporary and functional design. It is designed to provide the optimum flow of both passengers and luggage from the parking lot to the planes, with a 25,000 square meter total usable area. There is scope for future expansions without interrupting terminal operations. It has high-tech contemporary systems, keeping passenger convenience and efficiency of the terminal operations in mind, throughout functional spaces organized in an elegant manner. The food and beverage operations are carried out by BTA at 7 points with a staff of 75, while ATU provides Duty Free services at its four stores.[3]

The implementing agency and the borrower for the project is TAV Urban Georgia, a concessionaire and special purpose vehicle for the construction and operation of the airport.

The total project cost was 90.5 million USD. The capacity of the new terminal building is 2.8 million passengers per year.[4]


Departure hall
Ground floor arrivals and check-in
Third Floor used for departures
Passport control
The airport's former main terminal complex

The first airport terminal building was constructed in 1952. Designed by the architect V. Beridze in the style of Stalinist architecture the building featured a floor plan with symmetric axes and a monumental risalit in the form of a portico. The two side wings featured blind arcades in giant order. A new terminal building was finished in 1990, designed in the International style.[5] In 1981 Tbilisi airport was the 12th largest airport in the Soviet Union, with 1,478,000 passengers on so-called central lines, that is on flights connecting Tbilisi with cities in other Soviet republics.[6] In 1998 the number of passengers had shrunk to 230,000 per year.[7]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger airlines[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Athens
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo[8]
Air Arabia Sharjah
Air Astana Almaty
Seaonal: Astana (begins 2 June 2015)[9]
airBaltic Riga
Air Cairo Hurghada, Sharm el-Sheikh
Alitalia Seasonal: Rome-Fiumicino
Arkia Israel Airlines Seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
AtlasGlobal Istanbul-Atatürk
Azerbaijan Airlines Baku
Belavia Minsk-National
China Southern Airlines Ürümqi
Dniproavia Dnipropetrovsk[10]
Ellinair Seasonal: Thessaloniki (begins 9 June 2015)[11]
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi (begins 2 October 2015)[12]
flydubai Dubai-International[13]
Georgian Airways Amsterdam, Batumi, Kutaisi, Moscow-Vnukovo, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Samara, St Petersburg, Vienna, Vladikavkaz
Israir Airlines Seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw-Chopin
Lufthansa Munich
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen[14]
Qatar Airways Baku, Doha
S7 Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo
SCAT Aktau
Transaero Moscow-Vnukovo
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev-Boryspil
Ural Airlines Yekaterinburg

Cargo airlines[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Cargolux Baku, Kuala Lumpur, Luxembourg, Singapore
Coyne Airways Aktau, Aktobe, Amsterdam, Ashgabat, Atyrau, Balkanabat, Baku, Kyzylorda, Mary, Oral, Shymkent, Turkmenbashi, Yerevan[15]
Etihad Cargo
operated by Atlas Air
Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Sharjah[16]
Qatar Airways Cargo Doha, Milan-Malpensa
Silk Way Airlines Baku
Turkish Airlines Cargo Istanbul-Atatürk


Passenger traffic at the airport more than doubled between 2009 and 2013 to almost 1.44 million passengers.

Annual passenger statistics for Tbilisi International Airport [17]
Year Total passengers Change from previous year
Increase 3.7%
Increase 8.5%
Increase 16.1%
Decrease 1.7%
Increase 17.1%
Increase 28.7%
Increase 15.2%
Increase 17.8%
Increase 9.7%

Many international airlines now operate from Tbilisi, connecting it with major European and Asian destinations. This also allows passengers flying to or departing from Georgia to benefit from the choice of additional destinations offered by the large European transit airlines who serve Tbilisi from their hubs.

TAV Airports Holding, which owns 76% shares in Tbilisi airport operator TAV Urban Georgia, agreed with the Georgian state-owned United Airports of Georgia to reconstruct the unused runway, one of the two runways at the Tbilisi airport. The old runway will be reconstructed and extended according to ICAO standards and code F regulations and will be able to accept all type of aircraft, including the Boeing 747-8, Airbus A380-800, Antonov An-225 and Antonov An-124. A new F Code taxiway is also planned.[22]

“The operational rights of TAV Urban Georgia have been extended for 10 years 9 months from February 2027 to November 8, 2037 within the scope of the agreement of Built-Operate-Transfer in exchange for the reconstruction investment,” TAV Airports Holding said in a statement on August 24.

“It has been planned to get the investment on reconstruction of the runway started in September 2012 and complete the project in less than 2 years,” the company said.

Tbilisi International Airport is operated by TAV since October, 2005. In Georgia the company also operates airport in Batumi for 20-year term starting from May, 2007.[23]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "EAD Basic". 
  2. ^ "Tbilisi Officials Name Street After Bush". Associated Press. 14 September 2005. 
  3. ^ Tbilisi Airport Terminal Information
  4. ^ "tbilisiairport.com - Terminal features". 
  5. ^ Baulig, Josef; Maia Mania, Hans Mildenberg and Karl Ziegler. Architekturführer Tbilisi (in German and Georgian). Landeshauptstadt Saarbrücken/Technische Universität Kaiserslautern. p. 70. ISBN 3-936890-39-0. 
  6. ^ Sagers, Matthew; Thomas Maraffa (July 1990). "Soviet Air-Passenger Transportation Network". Geographical Review (American Geographical Society) 80 (3): 269. doi:10.2307/215304. 
  7. ^ "Global transport" (13–15). Stroudgate: Chartered Institute of Transport in the UK. 1998. p. 97. 
  8. ^ "Aeroflot resumes service to Tbilisi from October 2014". 
  9. ^ L, J (19 February 2015). "Air Astana Adds Seasonal Astana – Tbilisi Link June – August 2015". Airline Route. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  10. ^ "Flight schedule". http://dniproavia.com/. «Dniproavia» airlines. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  11. ^ "Timetable". mouzenidis.gr. Mouzenidis Travel. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  12. ^ "Etihad Airways to launch services to Tbilisi". etihad.com/. Etihad Airways. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "Flydubai launches Tbilisi flights". 
  14. ^ "Scheduled Flight Search". Pegasus Airlines. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  15. ^ Coyne Airways Caspian network schedule
  16. ^ Etihad Crystal Cargo route map schedule
  17. ^ "Tbilisi Airport - Airport Statistics". 
  18. ^ tbilisiairport.com - Tbilisi Airport Profile (p.15)
  19. ^ "Georgian Civil Aviation Agency - Number of Passengers Served". 
  20. ^ "Тбилисский международный аэропорт обслужил в 2013 году 1 436 046 пассажиров". "Бизнес Грузия". 15 January 2014. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  21. ^ "Georgian Civil Aviation Agency - Number of Passengers Served". 
  22. ^ "tbilisiairport.com - TAV Georgia to invest $65 million in Tbilisi Airport". 
  23. ^ Civil Georgia. "Civil.Ge - TAV Gets Tbilisi Airport Operation Extension for Planned USD 65m Investment". 

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