Turkey’s TAV breaks ground on new Tbilisi Airport terminal
TBILISIThe operator of Tbilisi Airport, TAV Airports, has said it broke ground on the airport’s new terminal in a ceremony attended by Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, in written statement on June 27.
Kvirikashvili presented to TAV Airports President & CEO Sani Şener the State Medal of Distinguished Service for his contributions to the country, according to the statement.
Planned to be completed at the end of 2017, the new terminal will be able to provide service to approximately 4 million passengers per year. The new terminal will have an indoor area of 12,000 square meters. The project also includes the rehabilitation of runway and taxiways and the construction of a new aircraft parking area for five aircraft, said the company.
The renovated runway covers a total area of 135,000 square meters and is planned to be put into service on July 11, it added.
“Tbilisi Airport has a special meaning to us, as it was TAV’s first investment abroad. We have been operating the Tbilisi and Batumi airports since 2005 and 2007, respectively. We have invested over $100 million in Georgia to date. Following the transfer of the operations, we have created a significant synergy. Turkish Airlines increased the number of flights to Tbilisi from three to 32 per week. Pegasus and AtlasGlobal airlines started to launch flights to Tbilisi. We strive to contribute to carrying the historical relationship between the two countries further. We believe that we are a true representative of our country,” said Şener.
Operating the Tbilisi and Batumi airports, TAV Georgia welcomed over 2 million passengers in 2015 with an increase of 16 percent, according to the statement.
Tbilisi Airport was named the Best Airport of Eastern Europe at the “Skytrax World Airport Awards” held in 2014 in Barcelona.
TAV has the right to operate the Tbilisi and Batumi airports until 2027.