Thursday, May 9, 2013

FlyGeorgia eyes Gulf market

09.05.2013. Newly-established FlyGeorgia Airline plans to expand its operations in Gulf to boost tourism in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

One of the newest airlines in the aviation sector, which has three weekly flights on Tbilisi-Dubai-Tbilisi route, will increase its frequency to four per week from this summer and target a daily service by next year.

“We are keen to buildup a strong route network in Gulf to boost tourism in Georgia,” airline’s director of media relations Tannaz Hosseinpour told Khaleej Times on the sidelines of Arabian Travel Market.

Privately-owned Georgian airline aims at connecting the CIS state with the world to support its development of tourism, economic growth, and popularisation of the country. It is the only airline with an Airbus fleet flying out of Tbilisi International airport and has established 10 routes in three continents in less than six months.  “We are set to launch new services in Gulf, Europe and other Asian destinations to expand the airline’s network. The airline has ambitious plans for the near future,” Hosseinpour said.

She said GCC, Iraq, and Iran, among other Middle East nations, are potential growth market for Georgia having a long and rich history for tourists to explore and enjoy. She said Georgia has four million population, and it receives around 4.2 million tourists annually.

Hosseinpour said Georgia is a safer democratic nation in CIS and it offers visa free entry to GCC nationals while residency-holders can get visa on arrival. In reply to a question, she said the airline is going to receive four new aircraft soon that will help in route expansion and targeting more markets across the world. Currenlt, the airline has four aircraft and it added Brussels in its network on May 5.

“This summer airline will get two new aircraft and these will be used on short-haul flights. Two more planes are due next year for long-haul flights to Southeast Asia and North America,” she explained. “Looking at 2013 and beyond, FlyGeorgia’s expansion plans include adding more aircrafts to their current fleet, which will naturally aid in the airline’s objective to increase services for travellers and move forward with plans of creating more routes and destinations.”

The airline’s director of media relations said FlyGeorgia is changing the perception in the full service aviation market with its luxury at a low-cost value proposition. She said the airline has launched two new services during the ATM this year.

“FlyGeorgia Holidays and the FlyGeorgia Travel Card are exclusive services for passengers who utilise the airline. FlyGeorgia Holidays is their branded travel agency that will create customised holiday packages for travellers while the FlyGeorgia Travel Card is a prepaid MasterCard available to all FlyGeorgia passengers, providing them with a safe and easy alternative to carrying cash in a foreign country.

“Our main goal in participating in this year’s ATM is to introduce the country of Georgia to the Arabian market and to educate travellers on all of the wonderful destinations within the country,” Hosseinpour concluded.


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