Georgian Airways’ inaugural flight from Tbilisi to Voronezh was greeted with a water arch salute as it taxied to the gate at the latter airport. The route between Georgia and Russia will be operated using E190s.
- Georgian Airways launched operations from its base at Tbilisi (TBS) to Voronezh (VOZ) in Russia on 26 April. The carrier will serve the 1,207-kilometre route twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) using its fleet of E190s. No other airline presently links the Georgian and Russia cities. While the market between the two cities has not been flown before, OAG Traffic Analyser data shows that around 300 people flew indirectly between the two cities last year, suggesting that Georgian Airways will be looking to stimulate the new market by generating demand for the airport pair, or passengers are leaking to other markets for direct flights. With Istanbul having been the preferred connecting point for these two cities, it suggests that connection options were not great between the two destinations. A further look at the carrier’s booking engine shows that bookings are not too bad on the first initial services in May, with many of the basis economy fares showing as sold out. However, tickets are still up for purchase between €100 and €170.