11.Aug .2022 13:00

Passenger traffic at Georgian airports recovered to 74% of pre-pandemic level

Passenger traffic at Georgian airports recovered to 74% of pre-pandemic level
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The passenger traffic at Georgian airports has recovered to 74% of the pre-coronavirus pandemic level, that’s according to AviaNews with reference to the Georgian Civil Aviation Agency.

In January-July 2022, Georgian airports served a total of 2,263,872 passengers with regular and non-regular flights, which is almost 128% more compared to the data of January-July 2021.

In January-July 2021, the country's airports served a total of 994,306 passengers, in January-July 2020, 731,289 passengers, and in 7 months of 2019 - 3,061,750 passengers. Accordingly, in January-July 2022, compared to the same period of 2019, there was a 26.06% decrease in the passenger flow at the international airports of Georgia, a 209.57% increase compared to the same period of 2020, and a 127.68% increase compared to the same period of 2021.

Tbilisi International Airport (IATA: TBS) served 1 515 931 passengers during Jan-July 2022. This is 121.56% more as compared to the seven months of the prior-year. Georgia’s largest airport served 684 213 passengers in January-July 2021, 496 20 in Jan-July 2020 and 2 254 691 in Jan-July 2019. As the data reveals, current flow is 32.77% less than of 2019, 205,51% more than of 2020 and 121,56% more than in 2021. Consequently, during the report period Tbilisi International Airport resumed 67% of pre-pandemic level.

90% of passenger traffic resumption is at Batumi International Airport (IATA: BUS). It served 313 032 during Jan-July 2022. The figure is 35, 37% more as compared to Jan-July 2021 and 534, 66% more than in 2020 but 9.99% less than in 2019.

A total of 231 242 passengers have been served by Batumi International Airport during seven months of 2021. 49 323 in Jan-July 2020 and 347 765 in Jan-July 2019.

As for Kutaisi International Airport (IATA: KUT) it resumed 94% of passengers this year in comparison to pre-pandemic level. During current year the airport has seen 478,22% passenger growth as compared to 2021 and 132,02% growth as compared to 2020, while the number is 6.16% less than of 2019. According to the agency, the airport served 422 000 passengers in Jan-July 2022, 72 983 – in Jan-July 2021, 181 883 – 2020 and 449 700 in 2019.