TAV Airports doubled the capacity of Batumi Airport invested with an investment of USD17 M and the new terminal is inaugurated with the participation of PM Irakli Garibashvili. The new facility will be able to accommodate 1.2 million passengers annually
The globally preferred brand in airport operations, TAV Airports opened the new terminal at Batumi Airport. The opening ceremony was attended by the PM Irakli Garibashvili, The Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Natia Turnava, TAV Airports President&CEO Sani Şener, members of the government and invited guests.
Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili
TAV Airports CEO&President Sani Sener said : “We are proud to complete the expansion of Batumi Airport amid the pandemic which has deeply affected the aviation industry on a global scale. Since we have taken over the operations in 2007, in close collaboration with the government and stakeholders we have increased the annual traffic from 40 000 to more than 600 000 in 2019.
During the same period, number of airlines flying to Batumi increased to 30 from 5. In the last 14 years, we have invested more than USD 220 million in Tbilisi and Batumi airports and worked towards establishing Georgia as the largest hub in the region. A beautiful spot on the Black Sea coast with a rich history, Batumi is also a testament to the strong cooperation between Georgia and Turkey. With the new facilities, we’ll continue promoting Batumi around the world and providing an excellent travel experience to our passengers. I would like to thank the Government of Georgia starting from PM Mr. Garibashvili, Ministry of Development and Economy, all governmental institutions such as Police, Security, Customs and Georgian aviation authorities for their continuous support and cooperation and our team for making this achievement possible in these challenging times.”
TAV Airports is operating the airports of Georgian capital Tbilisi and Batumi -a favored tourism destination on the Black Sea coast with a rich cultural heritage- since 2007.
The expansion project doubled the terminal area from 4 000 sqm to 8 000 sqm. Baggage handling zone is upgraded with an additional luggage carousel and automated conveyor system. Number of check-in counters increased to 14 from 8, and the number of passport control desks increased to 20 from 12. Two bus gates are added, bringing the total number to six.
The duty free areas operated by ATÜ, the F&B areas operated by BTA and the Primeclass lounge operates by TAV OS also expanded. More than 300 people were employed during the construction works.
About TAV Airports
TAV Airports provides integrated services in all areas of airport operations, with a global footprint at 91 airports in 26 countries. A member of Groupe ADP, TAV Airports is part of the leading airport management platform globally. Through its subsidiaries, TAV is active in airport service businesses, including duty-free, food and beverage, ground handling, IT, private security and commercial area management. The company is quoted on Istanbul Stock Exchange.
About TAV Georgia
TAV Georgia is an affiliated company of TAV Airports Holding. It started its operation in Georgia in 2005 and will continue its activity until the year 2027 as per the agreement in effect. Having received an investment worth 220 million USD in Georgia, new passenger terminals of Tbilisi and Batumi airports were commissioned in 2007. Within the above investment in 2016-17 TAV Georgia implemented the Runway and Taxiways rehabilitation project and Construction of New Arrival Terminal at Tbilisi International Airport. In 2019 additional 5 new aircraft parking stands were constructed in Tbilisi International Airport. In 2017 year TAV Georgia was named as one of the major investor company in Georgia. Thanks to huge experience gained by TAV Holding in airport operations worldwide and with efficient management and its 1380 employees TAV Georgia has become one of the most reliable, stable and dynamic companies in Georgia. Nowadays at Tbilisi and Batumi International Airports