Nazmi Kiknadze, BTA Georgia; Mert Kandiyeli, Batumi Airport’s Manager; Konstantin Iaskov, Captain on the inaugural flight; Temur Buzaladze; GM, LTD Discovery; and Yasar Baltaci, the airport’s Finance and Administrative Chief, celebrated the return of a nonstop link from Batumi to Kiev Borispol.
- Ukraine International Airlines added two international services to its offering from its Kiev Borispol (KBP) hub last week. On 21 May, the carrier commenced seasonal operations on the 3,000-kilometre route to Nizhnevartovsk (NJC), the centre of the Western Siberian oil-producing region. Initially, twice-weekly flights are offered, with additional three weekly flights to be operated between 24 June and 14 September when the route is scheduled to terminate. In addition, on 23 May, Ukraine International Airlines launched daily flights to Batumi (BUS), the capital of Adjara, an autonomous republic within Georgia. Ukraine International Airlines is currently the only carrier in this latter market, which remained unserved since Georgian Airlines withdrew its presence last February. AeroSvit also operated the service prior to December 2012. 737-500s are deployed on both newly launched routes.