Celebrating Alitalia’s new route in the Georgian capital with a cake were Gabriele Michele, the airline’s representative; Giorgio Zagaia, Alitalia’s Station Manager; Mete Erkal, GM TAV Georgia; Tea Zakaradze, TAV Georgia Corporate Communications Manager; and Candemir Akyildiz, TAV Georgia Terminal Operations Manager.
- Alitalia launched two routes from its Rome Fiumicino (FCO) hub in the last week; one international and one domestic Italian service. On 1 July, the SkyTeam airline began serving Trapani (TPS) in Sicily with two weekly flights using a mixture of A320 series aircraft. The seasonal route will be operated until the end of September. The following day, 2 July, Alitalia began serving Georgia’s capital Tbilisi (TBS). This is notably the first time that the Italian and Georgian capitals are connected non-stop. The service will also be operated twice a week, overnight, using 165-seat A320s. TAV Georgia’s GM Mete Erkal said: “We are glad that one of Europe’s oldest air carriers, Alitalia, is launching regular flights to Tbilisi. The fact that during the first half of 2012 four well-known airlines began operating at Tbilisi Airport shows that Georgia has become an attractive country for foreign tourists and businessmen. Georgian citizens will also be able to travel to numerous European cities without having to take connecting flights.”