Georgian airports restored 48% of passenger flow compared to the post-pandemic levels

Georgian airports restored 48% of passenger flow compared to the post-pandemic levels

access_time2022-01-18 10:28:33

Georgian airports restored 48% of passenger traffic compared to the post-pandemic levels. AviaNews reports that in 2021, Georgian airports handled a total of 2,496,448 passengers on regular and irregular flights that is 199.39% more than in 2020.

In 12 months of 2020, the country's airports served a total of 833,846 passengers against 5,209,466 ones in 2019. The 2021 data show a 52.08% decrease compared to the same period of 2019.

The dynamics of the decline in passenger traffic began in February-March 2020, when countries began closing their borders to curb the spread of COVID 19, air traffic was suspended. Due to the epidemiological situation, Georgia has suspended regular international flights since March 21, 2020. After a pause, regulations began to be gradually lifted. However, the situation around the world is still unpredictable.

In 2021 Tbilisi International Airport  handled 1,683,529 passengers that is only 46% of the 2019 data and  the same in 2014-15.

In 2020, Tbilisi International Airport served 590,123 passengers, in 2019, 3,692,136 passengers. Based on the statistics, in 2021 a 54.40% decrease in passenger traffic is expected compared to 2019. Thus, Tbilisi International Airport restored 45.6% of the 2019 passenger flow levels.


Despite the airport was fully closed for 10 months, Batumi International Airport finished 2021 with 516,085 passengers, which accounted for 83% of the 2019 passenger flow,

In 2020, Batumi International Airport served 51,412 passengers, in 2019 - 624,151 passengers. Batumi International Airport restored 83% of the passenger flow in 2019.

In 2021 passenger flow at Kutaisi International Airport decreased by 68% compared to the pre-pandemic levels. According to statistics, in 2021 a 53.65% increase in passenger traffic was observed compared to 2020, and a 67.66% decline compared to January-November 2019. The airport handled 282,514 passengers in 2021, 183,873 passengers in 2020, and 873,616 passengers in the same period of 2019.

As for local airports, Mestia Queen Tamar Airport saw a 62.43% increase in passenger traffic in 2021 compared to 2020, and a 40.39% decrease compared to 2019.

Ambrolauri Airport reported a 64.74% increase compared to 2020, and a 1.73% increase compared to the same period of 2019. At Natakhtari Aerodrome, a 74.43% increase in passenger traffic was recorded compared to 2020, and a 21.09% decrease compared to the same period in 2019.

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