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According to Georgian Deputy Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, who is currently the head of the country's Ministry of Economic Development, the statements of the Georgian Airways management that the company's proposals are being ignored by the government are biased. As a reminder, Georgian Airways announced that the Georgian government provides much more favorable and comfortable conditions for doing business for Russian airlines.
“Our doors are open to everyone, including Georgian Airways. Long ago, the government expressed its readiness to consider all the proposals of this national airline. I don’t see any problems in sitting down at the negotiating table,” Kvirikashvili personally said in a conversation with journalists in response to a question about claims from Georgian Airways.
And if we consider the fact of an increase in the number of flights of Russian airlines towards Georgia and in the opposite direction, then it is imperative to pay attention to a significant increase in the flow of passengers in both directions.
“In nine countries, including the Russian Federation, an advertising information campaign was carried out to attract tourists and visitors,” said Giorgi Kvirikashvili.
Recall that prior to this, the Director General of Georgian Airways, Iyase Zautashvili, in a conversation with journalists, allowed him to make a statement that the Ministry of Economic Development of Georgia ignores all the requests and requests of this airline, thereby removing into the background problems related to national aviation.
“Everything turned out to be false, including those promises that were made in relation to the national airline,” Zautashvili said. According to him, the government promised to introduce certain preferences in connection with the onset of summer, the vacation period and an increase in the flow of tourists. There was also talk of special benefits for charter flights. All this led to the fact that Georgian Airways found itself in uncomfortable business conditions, which cannot be said about Russian airlines.
According to the Ministry of Economic Development of Georgia, the flow of passengers traveling by air from Moscow to Tbilisi and vice versa in the first five months of 2015 increased by about 65%. And this is compared to 2014. For five months of this year, the number of air passengers amounted to about 88 thousand people. Four companies operate in these areas in Georgia. In addition to the national airline Georgian Airways, there are three Russian giants - Aeroflot, Siberia and Transaero.
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