David the Builder Kutaisi International Airport
Kutaisi International Airport
ქუთაისის საერთაშორისო აეროპორტი
|Operator||“United Airports of Georgia” LLC|
|Focus city for||Wizz Air|
|Elevation AMSL||223 ft / 68 m|
Kutaisi International Airport (IATA: KUT, ICAO: UGKO) also known as David the Builder Kutaisi International Airport is an airport located 14 km (8.7 mi) west of Kutaisi, the third largest city in Georgia and capital of the western region of Imereti. It is one of three international airports currently in operation in Georgia, along with Tbilisi International Airport serving the Georgian capital and Batumi International Airport near the Adjara Black Sea resort. The airport is operated by United Airports of Georgia, a state-owned company.
The airport was closed for renovation in November 2011. Its reopening ceremony was held on 27 September 2012. It was attended by President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili, Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orbán and Wizz Air CEO József Váradi.
For preparation works, for the commissioning of the airport and training of staff, the French company Vinci Airports was contracted. There is one duty-free shop and two coffee shops operating at the airport. The airport is currently connected to scheduled buses operated by Georgian Bus  and Omnibus Express  , with services to Kutaisi, Tbilisi and Batumi after each arrival. The airport terminal is located next to the main road between Kutaisi and Batumi, so it is possible to transfer to those cities also by marshrutka.
The priority of Kutaisi airport is to attract low-cost airlines. A significant growth in the number of passenger has been noted soon after the reopening of the airport in 2012, mainly due to Wizz Air operations linking Kutaisi with European airports. For 2013, the operator reported 187,939 passengers. In February 2016, Wizz Air announced a new base at Kutaisi Airport and is planning to add a second base in 2018.
Currently, major expansion works of the airport are underway as the airport is expecting 1 million passengers in 2020. Also, it was planned to build a railway station in the vicinity of the airport which would have connected the airport to Tbilisi, Batumi and any other cities of Georgia served by Georgian Railways. but project was abandoned.
Airlines and destinations
|FlyArystan||Aktau, Atyrau, Nur-Sultan, Shymkent|
|Vanilla Sky Airlines||Mestia, Natakhtari|
|Wizz Air||Abu Dhabi, Athens, Berlin, Budapest, Dortmund, Gdańsk, Katowice, Kraków, Larnaca, Memmingen, Milan–Malpensa, Poznań, Prague, Riga, Rome–Fiumicino, Tallinn, Thessaloniki, Vienna, Vilnius, Warsaw–Chopin, Wrocław|
|Year||Total passengers||Change from previous year|
|1||Warsaw Chopin Airport||54,722||Wizz Air|
|2||Vienna International Airport||52,319||Wizz Air|
|3||Berlin Schönefeld Airport||50,804||Wizz Air|
|4||Dortmund Airport||42,339||Wizz Air|
|5||Katowice Airport||42,081||Wizz Air|
- Airport information for UGKO from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
- Airport information for KUT at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
- "The President of Georgia opened the runway at the David the Builder Kutaisi International Airport". Releases. The Administration of the President of Georgia. Archived from the original on 19 September 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
- United Airports of Georgia company website: http://airports.ge/
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- "Wizz Air запустил авиарейсы из Киева в Кутаиси". Interfax-Ukraine. 27 September 2012. Archived from the original on 19 April 2013. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
- Vinci Airports company website (retrieved 1 September 2013)
- "Georgian Bus". georgianbus.com. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
- "Omnibus Express". omnibusexpress.ge. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
- Jennings, Michael. "Kutaisi Public Transport Information". Retrieved 18 September 2013.
- "Flight Schedule and Statistics – Kutaisi David the Builder International Airport". gcaa.ge/. Civil Aviation Agency of Georgia. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
- "Construction of New Terminal at Kutaisi International Airport to Start in August". Georgia Today on the Web. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
- "2019 წელს, ქუთაისის საერთაშორისო აეროპორტიდან ყველაზე პოპულარული მიმართულება ვარშავა იყო" (in Georgian). www.Avianews.ge. Retrieved 17 January 2020.