|IATA: TBS – ICAO: UGTB|
|Owner||United Airports of Georgia LLC|
|Operator||TAV Airports Holding|
|Hub for||Fly Georgia|
|Elevation AMSL||1,624 ft / 495 m|
|Source: Georgian AIP at EUROCONTROL|
Tbilisi Airport (Georgian: თბილისის აეროპორტი) (IATA: TBS, ICAO: UGTB) formerly Novo Alexeyevka International Airport, is the main international airport in Georgia, located 17 km (11 mi) southeast 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.
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.
The total project cost was 90.5 million USD. The capacity of the new terminal building is 2.8 million passengers per year.
In 2007, the airport handled 615,873 passengers, representing an increase of 8.5% over 2006. The number of aircraft movements increased by 18.7%. In 2009, the airport handled 702,916 passengers and 12,245 tonnes of cargo, in 2010 it handled 822,772 passengers.
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.
Negotiations are being held with French and German companies in order to rehabilitate the old runway 13L/31R. The rehabilitation will enable the airport to have two operational runways.
A Turkish operator of the Tbilisi International Airport said it would invest USD 65 million in reconstruction of now unused runaway and in exchange get an extension for the airport’s operation till late 2037.
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 runaway, one of the two runaways at the Tbilisi airport.
“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.
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. 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 Union republics. In 1998 the number of passenger had shrunk to 230,000 per year.
Airlines and destinations 
Tbilisi airport mainly serves destinations in CIS, Europe and Middle East. The Georgian government is negotiating with several airlines in the hope to increase the number of destinations. These airlines include Wizz Air, Ryanair and Air France.
Cargo airlines 
|British Airways World Cargo||Dubai, Shanghai-Pudong|
|Cargolux||Baku, Chongqing, Kuala Lumpur, Luxembourg, Singapore|
|Coyne Airways||Aktau, Ashgabat, Atyrau, Baku,Cologne/Bonn, London-Stansted, Turkmenbashi, Uralsk, Yerevan|
|Silk Way Airlines||Baku|
|Turkish Airlines Cargo||Istanbul-Atatürk|
|1||Istanbul||Atatürk Airport, Sabiha Gökçen Airport||Pegasus, Turkish Airlines|
|2||Kiev||Boryspil Airport, Zhuliany Airport||FlyGeorgia, Georgian Airways, Ukraine International Airlines, UTair-Ukraine|
|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|
|6||Munich||Franz Josef Strauss Airport||Lufthansa|
|8||Doha||Doha Airport||Qatar Airways|
|9||Tehran||Imam Khomeini Airport||Ata Airlines, FlyGeorgia|
|10||Batumi||Batumi Airport||FlyGeorgia, Georgian Airways|
|11||Dubai||Dubai Airport||flydubai, FlyGeorgia|
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