Tbilisi International Airport

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Shota Rustaveli Tbilisi International Airport
თბილისის შოთა რუსთაველის სახელობის საერთაშორისო აეროპორტი
Tbilisi airport 1.jpg
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner United Airports of Georgia LLC
Operator TAV Airports Holding
Serves Tbilisi
Location Tbilisi, Georgia
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 1,624 ft / 495 m
Coordinates 41°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
Website tbilisiairport.com
Map
TBS is located in Georgia
TBS
TBS
Location within Georgia
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
13R/31L 3,000 9,843 Concrete
13L/31R 2,500 8,202 Asphalt
Helipads
Number Length Surface
m ft
H1 30 98 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2017)
Passengers 3,164,139
Passenger change 16-17 Increase40.47%
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.

History[edit]

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.

Overview[edit]

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

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,[9] the total project cost was 90.5 million USD. The capacity of the terminal building is 2.8 million passengers per year.[10] 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.[11]

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.[12]

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 meters long luggage carriers, and a new parking lot for 250 cars.[13]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Aegean Airlines Athens
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Air Arabia Sharjah
Air Astana Almaty, Astana[14]
airBaltic Riga
ATA Airlines Tehran-Imam Khomeini
Belavia Minsk
Buta AirwaysBaku[15][16]
China Southern Airlines Beijing–Capital,[17] Ürümqi
Ellinair Seasonal: Thessaloniki
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Vienna, Yerevan
flydubai Dubai–International[18]
flynasSeasonal: Dammam,[19] Jeddah,[19][20] Riyadh[19][20]
Georgian Airways Amsterdam, Barcelona,[21] Berlin–Schönefeld, Bologna,[21] Bratislava,[22] Brussels, Cologne/Bonn, Kazan,[23] Kiev-Boryspil, London-Gatwick, Moscow-Vnukovo, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Prague, Saint Petersburg, Tel-Aviv-Ben-Gurion, Vienna, Yerevan[24]
Seasonal: Batumi, Beirut
Seasonal charter: Dubrovnik
Gulf Air Bahrain
Iran Air Tehran-Imam Khomeini[25][26]
Iran Aseman Airlines Tehran-Imam Khomeini
Jazeera Airways Kuwait City[27]
Kuwait Airways Seasonal: Kuwait City[28]
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw-Chopin
Lufthansa Munich
MyWay Airlines Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion[29]
Seasonal: Batumi, Kharkiv[30]
Nordavia St Petersburg[31]
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen[32]
PobedaRostov-on-Don-Platov, Saint Petersburg
Qatar AirwaysDoha
Qeshm AirTehran–Imam Khomeini
S7 Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo, Novosibirsk[33]
Salam Air Seasonal: Muscat
SCAT Airlines Aktau
TAROMBucharest
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk, Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev–Boryspil
Ural Airlines Krasnodar,[34][35] Moscow-Zhukovsky,[36]Sochi, St Petersburg, Yekaterinburg
Wataniya Airways Kuwait City[37]
YanairKiev-Zhuliany
Seasonal: Odessa[38]

Cargo[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
CargoluxBaku, Kuala Lumpur–International, Luxembourg, Singapore, Zhengzhou, Taiwan
Silk Way AirlinesBaku
Turkish Airlines Cargo Istanbul–Atatürk, İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport
Etihad AirwaysAbu Dhabi

Statistics[edit]

Departure hall
Ground floor arrivals and check-in
Third Floor used for departures
Annual passenger statistics[39]
Year Total passengers Change from previous year
2005
0547,150
Steady
2006
0567,402
Increase 03.7%
2007
0615,873
Increase 08.5%
2008
0714,976
Increase 16.1%
2009
0702,916
Decrease 01.7%
2010
0822,772
Increase 17.1%
2011
1,058,679
Increase 28.7%
2012
1,219,175
Increase 15.2%
2013
1,436,046
Increase 17.8%
2014
1,575,386
Increase 09.7%
2015
1,847,111
Increase 17.3%
2016
2,252,535
Increase 22.0%
2017
3,164,139
Increase 40.5%
Most Popular Routes[citation needed]
Country Destination Airport Weekly flights Airlines
 Russia Moscow Domodedovo, Sheremetyevo, Vnukovo 48 Aeroflot (2 daily), Georgian Airways (3 daily), S7 Airlines (1 daily)
 Turkey Istanbul Atatürk Airport, Sabiha Gökçen Airport 42 Turkish Airlines (4 daily), AtlasGlobal (1 daily), Pegasus Airlines (1 daily)
 UAE Dubai Dubai-International 28 flydubai
 UAE Sharjah Sharjah Airport 17 Air Arabia
 Iran Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport 42 ATA Airlines, Qeshm Airlines, Taban Air
 Ukraine Kiev Boryspil, Zhulyany 25 Bravo Airways, DART Ukrainian Airlines, Georgian Airways, Ukraine International Airlines, Yanair

See also[edit]

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External links[edit]

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