David the Builder Kutaisi International Airport

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Kutaisi International Airport

ქუთაისის საერთაშორისო აეროპორტი
Kutaisi International Airport logo.svg
David the Builder Kutaisi International Airport, KUT, Georgia (41001395655).jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorUnited Airports of Georgia” LLC
ServesKutaisi, Georgia
Focus city forWizz Air
Elevation AMSL223 ft / 68 m
Coordinates42°10′35″N 042°28′57″E / 42.17639°N 42.48250°E / 42.17639; 42.48250Coordinates: 42°10′35″N 042°28′57″E / 42.17639°N 42.48250°E / 42.17639; 42.48250
Websitekutaisi.aero
Map
KUT is located in Georgia
KUT
KUT
Location of airport in Georgia
KUT is located in Imereti
KUT
KUT
KUT (Imereti)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 2,500 8,202 Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Passengers873,616
Passenger change 18–19Increase41.51%
Source: DAFIF[1][2]
Exterior of Kutaisi International Airport
Wizz Air aircraft on runway
Check-in desk

Kutaisi International Airport (IATA: KUT, ICAO: UGKO) also known as David the Builder Kutaisi International Airport[3] 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.[4]

History[edit]

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[5] and Wizz Air CEO József Váradi.[6]

For preparation works, for the commissioning of the airport and training of staff, the French company Vinci Airports was contracted.[7] 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 [8] and Omnibus Express [9] , 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.[10]

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.[11] 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[12] 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.[12] but project was abandoned.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
FlyArystanAktau, 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

Statistics[edit]

Annual passenger statistics[11]
Year Total passengers Change from previous year
2019
873,616
Increase0041.5%
2018
617,373
Increase0052.4%
2017
405,173
Increase0049.3%
2016
271,363
Increase0048.3%
2015
182,954
Decrease0016.1%
2014
218,003
Increase0016.0%
2013
187,939
Increase1,353.3%
2012
012,932
Increase0185.7%
2011
004,527
Decrease0040.3%
2010
007,446
Steady

Annual passenger[edit]

See source Wikidata query and sources.


Routes[edit]

Top 5 scheduled destinations (2019)[13]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Airport information for UGKO from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
  2. ^ Airport information for KUT at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ United Airports of Georgia company website: http://airports.ge/
  5. ^ N., Kirtskhalia (27 September 2012). "Georgia's president, Hungarian PM to open new airport in Kutaisi". Trend News Agency. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ Vinci Airports company website (retrieved 1 September 2013)
  8. ^ "Georgian Bus". georgianbus.com. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  9. ^ "Omnibus Express". omnibusexpress.ge. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  10. ^ Jennings, Michael. "Kutaisi Public Transport Information". Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  11. ^ a b "Flight Schedule and Statistics – Kutaisi David the Builder International Airport". gcaa.ge/. Civil Aviation Agency of Georgia. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  12. ^ a b "Construction of New Terminal at Kutaisi International Airport to Start in August". Georgia Today on the Web. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  13. ^ "2019 წელს, ქუთაისის საერთაშორისო აეროპორტიდან ყველაზე პოპულარული მიმართულება ვარშავა იყო" (in Georgian). www.Avianews.ge. Retrieved 17 January 2020.

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