Route of the Week:
Estonian Air’s Tallinn to Tbilisi
Estonian Air was welcomed to Georgia’s capital Tbilisi with a cake. Posing for the camera were Uğur İstiklal Basa, BTA Georgia Business Unit Manager; Akaki Barkaia, TAV Georgia Ground Handling Manager; Yavuz Aytış, TAV Georgia Terminal Operations Chief; Tea Zakaradze, TAV Georgia Corporate Communications Manager; Mete Erkal, GM TAV Georgia; Erki Sivadi, Estonian Air Manager; Temur Buzaladze, GM Discovery LTD; and Toomas Lukk, Estonian Ambassador to Georgia.
- Having launched its only route to Germany last week, and added a total of five destinations the week before, Estonian Air took the next step towards establishing hub operation at its Tallinn (TLL) base. This week saw the airline launch services to two new destinations; Kajaani (KAJ) in Finland, and Tbilisi (TBS) in Georgia. Both destinations are offered with four weekly frequencies. While the airline uses 76-seat E-170 equipment on the Finnish route, 88-seat CRJ900s are deployed to serve the Georgian capital. There is no competition on either of the routes. Services between Tallinn and Tbilisi, that now are operated overnight, were last operated almost two decades ago by Aeroflot, which dropped the route in 1993 after three years’ operation. TAV Georgia’s GM Mete Erkal said: “Today we’re happy to welcome Estonian Air at Tbilisi Airport and we believe that this first direct flight from Estonia to Georgia will help further improve the relations between the two countries.”