Tbilisi International Airport

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Shota Rustaveli Tbilisi International Airport

თბილისის შოთა რუსთაველის სახელობის საერთაშორისო აეროპორტი
Tbilisi airport 1.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerUnited Airports of Georgia LLC
OperatorTAV Airports Holding
LocationTbilisi, Georgia
Hub for
Elevation AMSL1,624 ft / 495 m
Coordinates41°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
TBS is located in Georgia
Location within Georgia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
13R/31L 3,000 9,843 Concrete
13L/31R (closed) 2,500 8,202 Asphalt
Number Length Surface
m ft
H1 30 98 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2019)
Passenger change 18-19Decrease3.1%
Source: Georgian AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]

Shota Rustaveli Tbilisi International Airport[2] (Georgian: თბილისის შოთა რუსთაველის სახელობის საერთაშორისო აეროპორტი) (IATA: TBS, ICAO: UGTB) formerly Novo Alexeyevka International Airport, is the main international airport in Georgia, located 17 km (11 mi) southeast[1] of the capital Tbilisi.


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.[3] 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.[4] In 1998 the number of passengers had shrunk to 230,000 per year.[5]

Tbilisi International Airport is operated by TAV since October 2005. In Georgia the company also operates Batumi Airport for 20-year term starting from May 2007.[6] 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.[7]

Passenger traffic at the airport tripled between 2009 and 2016 to 2.2 million passengers.


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 two trains per day each way.[8] George W. Bush Avenue leads from the airport[9] to downtown Tbilisi.[10]

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 m2 (270,000 sq ft) 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.[11] The total project cost was US$90.5 million. The capacity of the terminal building is 2.8 million passengers per year.[12] 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.

During 2016, the main runway of the airport was resurfaced and fitted with new navigation lights, which will improve the safety level of the runway. Runway guard lights, LED stop bar signals and guidance signs at all the holding positions on the airport's main runway were also added. The instrument landing system was also upgraded to CAT II, which enables aircraft to land during poor weather conditions. The airfield lighting control and monitoring system was upgraded, including installation of new lighting signals on all four taxiways.[13]

In June 2016, due to an increase in passenger demand, TAV Georgia started construction of a new arrivals terminal. The new complex will be integrated with the existing terminal building and is expected to increase the airport's terminal capacity to 3.5 million passengers annually. The new arrivals terminal will occupy a total area of 12,000 m2 (130,000 sq ft) and will be completed by the end of 2017.[14]

The new arrivals terminal was opened by the Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili, TAV Holding President Sani Senar, Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communication of Turkey, Ahmet Arslan and Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia Giorgi Gakharia, on September 26, 2017. With an investment of $33 million from TAV Georgia, the new terminal occupies 12 000 sq. meters. It has a new two-exit boarding bridge, five new parking lots for planes, three 150 meter long luggage carriers, and a new parking lot for 250 cars.[15]

A new Tbilisi metro overground line linking airport with the city was announced in October 2018. Proposed extension would connect an airport with Samgori station as a transfer point with the first line. Construction is set to begin in late 2019.[16]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Aegean Airlines Athens
Air Arabia Sharjah
Air Astana Almaty, Nur-Sultan[17]
Air Cairo Seasonal: Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh
Air France Seasonal: Paris–Charles de Gaulle[18][19]
Air Malta Seasonal: Malta[20][21]
airBaltic Riga
Aircompany Armenia Yerevan
AnadoluJet Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen (begins 29 March 2020)[22]
Arkia Seasonal: Tel Aviv
ATA Airlines Seasonal: Tehran–Imam Khomeini
Azerbaijan Airlines Baku
Belavia Minsk
Buta AirwaysBaku[23][24]
China Southern Airlines Beijing–Capital,[25] Ürümqi
Ellinair Seasonal: Heraklion, Thessaloniki
flydubai Dubai–International[26]
flynasSeasonal: Dammam,[27] Jeddah,[27][28] Riyadh[27][28]
Georgian Airways Amsterdam, Berlin–Schönefeld, Kiev–Boryspil, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Tel Aviv,[29] Vienna, Yerevan[30]
Seasonal: Bahrain, Barcelona,[31] Batumi, Bologna,[31] Brussels, London–Gatwick, Prague
Gulf Air Bahrain, Baku
IndiGo Delhi (begins 5 March 2020)[32]
Iran Air Isfahan,[33] Tehran–Imam Khomeini[34][35]
Iran Aseman Airlines Tehran–Imam Khomeini
Israir Airlines Seasonal: Tel Aviv
Jazeera Airways Kuwait City[36]
Kuwait Airways Seasonal: Kuwait City[37]
Korean Air Seasonal Charter: Seoul–Incheon[38]
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Munich
MyWay Airlines Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion[39]
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen[40]
Qatar AirwaysDoha
Qeshm AirTehran–Imam Khomeini
Ryanair Bergamo, Cologne/Bonn (begins 29 March 2020)[41]
SalamAir Seasonal: Muscat
SCAT Airlines Aktau
SkyUp Kharkiv, Kiev–Boryspil, Odesa(Begins 28 May 2020)
Sun d'Or Tel Aviv
Taban Air Tehran–Imam Khomeini
TAROM Bucharest[42]
Thai AirAsia X Seasonal charter: Bangkok-Don Mueang [43]
Turkish Airlines Ankara, Istanbul, Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen (ends 29 March 2020)[22]
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev–Boryspil
Uzbekistan Airways Tashkent[44]
Zagros Airlines Tehran–Imam Khomeini


CargoluxBaku, Kuala Lumpur–International, Luxembourg, Singapore, Zhengzhou, Taiwan
Silk Way AirlinesBaku
Turkish Cargo Istanbul–Atatürk


Departure hall
Ground floor arrivals and check-in
Third Floor used for departures
Tbilisi Airport shuttle train
Annual passenger statistics[45]
Decrease 03.1%
Increase 20.4%
Increase 40.5%
Increase 22.0%
Increase 17.3%
Increase 09.7%
Increase 17.8%
Increase 15.2%
Increase 28.7%
Increase 17.1%
Decrease 01.7%
Increase 16.1%
Increase 08.5%
Increase 03.7%

Annual passenger numbers at Tbilisi international Airport (millions)[edit]

Update: December 2019
Most Popular Routes[46]
Country Destination Airport Weekly flights Airlines
 Turkey Istanbul Atatürk Airport, Sabiha Gökçen Airport 47 Turkish Airlines (35 weekly),[47] Pegasus Airlines (12 weekly)
 UAE Dubai Dubai-International 28 flydubai (4 daily)
 Ukraine Kiev Boryspil, Zhulyany 26 Georgian Airways (1 daily), Ukraine International Airlines (2 daily), SkyUp (5 weekly)
 Israel Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport 18 Georgian Airways (12 weekly), El Al (3 weekly), MyWay Airlines (3 weekly)
 Qatar Doha Hamad International Airport 18 Qatar Airways
 Azerbaijan Baku Heydar Aliyev Airport 14 Azerbaijan Airlines
 Iran Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport 13 Kish Airlines (1 daily), Qeshm Air (6 weekly)
 Germany Munich Munich Airport 9 Lufthansa

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