Several low-cost airlines recently announced to begin flights into and out of Georgia; first Pegasus Airlines of Turkey and today Ellinair of Greece.
The Greek low-cost airline said it would begin flights to Georgia from June 8, allowing passengers to use the Georgia-Greece route once per week.
Ellinair, based at Macedonia International Airport, addressed Georgia’s Civil Aviation Agency on April 7, 2015 and asked permission to launch direct flights between Georgia and Greece.
Meanwhile, after the winter season break, Israel’s Israir Airlines has returned to the Georgian air market. The company’s first flight this summer season was performed on April 2 between Tbilisi and Tel Aviv, Israel. The arriving flight to Georgia, an A320 aircraft, brought 174 passengers to Tbilisi – all of whom were tourists, announced Georgia’s Ministry of Economy.
Currently Israir Airlines performs two flights per week to Georgia however it planned to increase its flight frequency and offer flights four times per week.
Yesterday Georgia’s Ministry of Economy announced several low-cost airlines would enter the Georgian air market this June.
Georgia’s Deputy Economy Minister Ketevan Bochorishvili said the Georgian side had concluded negotiations with Irish low-cost airline Ryanair, British low-cost airline EasyJet and Germany’s second largest airline, Air Berlin. It is believed these three airlines will soon fly to Georgia however results of the negotiations have not been announced.
The aim of negotiations was to add new destinations from Georgia and involve more airlines in the local industry.