Tbilisi International Airport

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Tbilisi Airport
თბილისის საერთაშორისო აეროპორტი
Tbilisi airport 1.jpg
IATA: TBSICAO: UGTB
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner United Airports of Georgia LLC
Operator TAV Airports Holding
Serves Tbilisi
Location Tbilisi, Georgia
Hub for 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
Map
TBS is located in Georgia (country)
TBS
TBS
Location within Georgia
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
13R/31L 3,000 9,843 Concrete
13L/31R 2,500 8,202 Asphalt/Concrete
Helipads
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.

Overview[edit]

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]

Statistics[edit]

In 2007, the airport handled 615,873 passengers, representing an increase of 8.5% over 2006.[5] The number of aircraft movements increased by 18.7%.[6] In 2009, the airport handled 702,916 passengers and 12,245 tonnes of cargo, in 2010 it handled 822,772 passengers.[7]

Annual passenger statistics for Tbilisi International Airport [7]
Year Total passengers Change from previous year
2005
547,150
2006
567,402
Increase 3.7%
2007
615,873
Increase 8.5%
2008
714,976
Increase 16.1%
2009
702,916
Decrease 1.7%
2010
822,772
Increase 17.1%
2011
1,058,679[8]
Increase 28.7%
2012
1,219,175[9]
Increase 15.2%
2013
1,436,046[10]
Increase 17.8%

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 748-8, Airbus A380-800, Antonov An-225 and Antonov An-124. A new F Code taxiway is also planned.[11]

“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.[12]

History[edit]

Departure hall
Aircraft on tarmac tand at Tbilisi International
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.[13] 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.[14] In 1998 the number of passengers had shrunk to 230,000 per year.[15]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger airlines[edit]

Tbilisi airport mainly serves destinations in CIS, Europe and Middle East. In 2009 the Georgian government was negotiating with several airlines (Wizz Air,[16] Ryanair[17] and Air France) in the hope to increasing the number of destinations.

Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Athens
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo (resumes 26 October 2014)[18]
Air Astana Almaty
airBaltic Riga
Alitalia Rome-Fiumicino
Arkia Israel Airlines Seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion[19]
Ata Airlines Tehran-Imam Khomeini[20]
Atlasjet Istanbul-Atatürk
Azerbaijan Airlines Baku
Belavia Minsk-National
China Southern Airlines Ürümqi
Czech Airlines Seasonal: Prague
Dniproavia Dnipropetrovsk
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi (begins 2 October 2015)[21]
flydubai Dubai-International[22]
Fly Vista Almaty, Kyiv-Zhuliany, Tehran-Imam Khomeini
Georgian Airways Amsterdam, Baghdad,[23] Batumi,[24] Erbil,[25] Frankfurt,[26] Kutaisi,[27] Moscow-Vnukovo, Sulaymaniyah,[28] Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Vienna
Seasonal: Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Israir Airlines Seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion[29][30]
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw-Chopin
Lufthansa Munich
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen[31]
Qatar Airways Baku, Doha
S7 Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo
SCAT Aktau
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev-Boryspil
Ural Airlines Yekaterinburg
Yanair Kyiv-Zhuliany

Cargo airlines[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Cargolux Baku, Kuala Lumpur, Luxembourg, Singapore
Coyne Airways Aktau, Ashgabat, Atyrau, Baku, Cologne/Bonn, London-Stansted, Oral, Turkmenbashi, Yerevan
Etihad Cargo
operated by Atlas Air
Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam
Qatar Airways Cargo Doha, Milan-Malpensa
Silk Way Airlines Baku
Turkish Airlines Cargo Istanbul-Atatürk

Statistics[edit]

Busiest routes at Tbilisi International Airport (by number of flights weekly)
Rank City Airport Airlines
1 Istanbul Atatürk Airport, Sabiha Gökçen Airport Pegasus, Turkish Airlines, Atlasjet
2 Kiev Boryspil Airport Ukraine International Airlines
3 Moscow Domodedovo Airport, Vnukovo Airport Georgian Airways, S7 Airlines
4 Baku Heydar Aliyev Airport Azerbaijan Airlines, Qatar Airways
5 Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport Arkia, Georgian Airways, Israir Airlines
6 Munich Franz Josef Strauss Airport Lufthansa
7 Minsk National Airport Belavia
8 Doha Doha Airport Qatar Airways
9 Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport Ata Airlines
10 Batumi Batumi Airport Georgian Airways
11 Dubai Dubai Airport flydubai

See also[edit]

References[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. ^ ACI Europe Ranking of European Airports for 2007
  6. ^ Tbilisi Airport passenger and aircraft movement increases for 2007
  7. ^ a b Tbilisi Airport - Airport Statistics
  8. ^ tbilisiairport.com - Tbilisi Airport Profile (p.15)
  9. ^ Georgian Civil Aviation Agency - Number of Passengers Served
  10. ^ "Тбилисский международный аэропорт обслужил в 2013 году 1 436 046 пассажиров". "Бизнес Грузия". 15 January 2014. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  11. ^ tbilisiairport.com - TAV Georgia to invest $65 million in Tbilisi Airport
  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^ Baulig, Josef; Maia Mania, Hans Mildenberg and Karl Ziegler. Architekturführer Tbilisi (in German and Georgian). Landeshauptstadt Saarbrücke n/Technische Universität Kaiserslautern. p. 70. ISBN 3-936890-39-0. 
  14. ^ Sagers, Matthew; Thomas Maraffa (July 1990). "Soviet Air-Passenger Transportation Network". Geographical Review (American Geographical Society) 80 (3): 269. doi:10.2307/215304. 
  15. ^ Global transport (13–15). Stroudgate: Chartered Institute of Transport in the UK. 1998. p. 97. 
  16. ^ http://www.trans-port.com.ua/index.php?newsid=23700
  17. ^ http://www.geotimes.ge/index.php?m=home&newsid=22608
  18. ^ Aeroflot resumes service to Tbilisi from October 2014
  19. ^ "Round trip flights from Tbilisi". http://www.arkia.com/. Arkia Israel Airlines. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  20. ^ "برنامه زمانبندي پروازهاي هواپيمايي آتا از تاريخ 93/04/01 الي 9". http://www.ataair.ir/. ATA Airlines. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  21. ^ "Etihad Airways to launch services to Tbilisi". www.etihad.com/. Etihad Airways. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  22. ^ "Flydubai launches Tbilisi flights". 
  23. ^ "WHERE WE FLY - BAGHDAD". http://www.georgian-airways.com/. Georgian Airways. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  24. ^ "TIMETABLE". Georgian Airways. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  25. ^ "WHERE WE FLY - ERBIL". http://www.georgian-airways.com/. Georgian Airways. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  26. ^ "WHERE WE FLY - FRANKFURT". www.georgian-airways.com. Georgian Airways. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  27. ^ "WHERE WE FLY - KUTAISI". www.georgian-airways.com. Georgian Airways. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  28. ^ "WHERE WE FLY - SULAYMANIYAH". www.georgian-airways.com/. Georgian Airways. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  29. ^ http://www.tnet.org.il/sitefiles/1/2444/73287.asp
  30. ^ "Авиакомпания "IsrAir Airlines" будет летать в Грузию". Информационно-аналитический портал Грузия Online. 27 April 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  31. ^ "Scheduled Flight Search". Pegasus Airlines. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 

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