Tbilisi Airport in Georgia welcomed Air Astana’s new twice-weekly service from Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan on 2 June. Preparing to cut the celebratory cake are: Zurab Pataradze, Ambassador of Georgia in Kazakhstan; Yerbol Ospanov, SVP, Air Astana; Mete Erkal, General Manager, TAV Georgia; and Ketevan Aleksidze, Director of United Airports of Georgia. Posing for a commemorative picture were:
Mete Erkal; Tea Zakaradze, Deputy GM, TAV Georgia; Ketevan Aleksidze; Berik Abdrakhmanov, Country Manager of Air Astana in Georgia; and Giorgi Chogovadze, Head of National Tourism Department of Georgia.
- Air Astana launched two new international routes on Tuesday 2 June. The Kazakhstan national carrier has begun flights from the capital Astana (TSE) to Seoul Incheon (ICN) in South Korea and Tbilisi (TBS) in Georgia. The weekly service on the 4,511-kilometre route to Seoul will be served by the airline’s 767-300s, and becomes the carrier’s second route to South Korea as it already serves Seoul thrice-weekly from Almaty. The twice-weekly service (Tuesdays and Saturdays) on the 2,266-kilometre route to Tbilisi will be flown by the airline’s E190s. TAV Georgia General Manager Mete Erkal stated: “I am glad that the largest leading aviation company of Kazakhstan and Central Asia has launched direct flights between Astana and Tbilisi during the summer season. We welcome each new route in Tbilisi and Batumi International Airports as new destinations help develop tourist potential of both countries and increase the passenger flow between the countries.” Air Astana already serves Tbilisi five times weekly from Almaty using a mix of A320s and E190s.