Georgian airline launches transit flights from Russia to Europe
Photo: Georgian Airways/Facebook

The flagship airline of Georgia, Georgian Airways, which resumed direct flights with Russia last week, will start transit flights from Russia via Tbilisi to the countries of the European Union from June 15, announced the founder of the airline Tamaz Gaiashvili in an interview with the Russian RTVi channel.

Stay updated with the latest news by following us on X (Twitter)

It is planned that the airline will fly to five European cities: Milan, Paris, Vienna, Larnaca, Thessaloniki.

The chief of the airline added that, according to the forecasts of Georgian Airways, the passenger flow between Russia and Georgia will gradually recover and the airline will continue to fly to the Russian Federation.

The ban on flights of Russian airlines to Georgia had been in effect since 2019. It was lifted on May 15, 2023. On the same day, Russia canceled the visa regime for citizens of Georgia.

These events sparked opposition protests in Tbilisi, and Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili announced a boycott of Georgian Airways due to the resumption of flights to Moscow.

Reference. Georgian Airways Limited Liability Company is the flagship carrier of Georgia, based at the capital airport, Tbilisi. The private airline operates flights from Georgia primarily to airports in Europe and the Middle East.

On May 10, Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted the ban on flights to Georgia for Russian airlines that had been in effect since 2019.

On May 15, Georgia approved the resumption of flights from the Russian Federation. The Russian airline "Azimut" was supposed to make its first flight on May 17.

On May 16, the EU announced that Georgia had violated the association agreement by resuming flights to Russia.