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David the Builder Kutaisi International Airport

Kutaisi International Airport (IATA: KUT, ICAO: UGKO) also known as David the Builder Kutaisi International Airport[3] is an airport located 14 km (8.7 mi) west of Kutaisi, the third largest city in Georgia, legislative capital of Georgia and capital of the western region of Imereti. It is one of three international airports currently in operation in Georgia, along with Tbilisi International Airport serving the Georgian capital and Batumi International Airport near the Adjara Black Sea resort. The airport is operated by United Airports of Georgia, a state-owned company.[4]

Kutaisi International Airport

ქუთაისის საერთაშორისო აეროპორტი
Kutaisi International Airport logo.svg
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Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorUnited Airports of Georgia” LLC
ServesKutaisi, Georgia
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL223 ft / 68 m
Coordinates42°10′35″N 042°28′57″E / 42.17639°N 42.48250°E / 42.17639; 42.48250
Websitekutaisi.aero
Map
KUT is located in Georgia
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Location of airport in Georgia
KUT is located in Imereti
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KUT (Imereti)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 2,500 8,202 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passengers617,373
Passenger change 17-18Increase52.37%
Source: DAFIF[1][2]

HistoryEdit

The airport was closed for renovation in November 2011. Its reopening ceremony was held on 27 September 2012. It was attended by President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili, Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orbán[5] and Wizz Air CEO József Váradi.[6]

For preparation works, for the commissioning of the airport and training of staff, the French company Vinci Airports was contracted.[7] There is one duty-free shop and two coffee shops operating at the airport. The airport is currently connected to scheduled marshrutkas operated by Georgian Bus, with services to Kutaisi, Tbilisi and Batumi after each arrival.[8] The airport terminal is located next to the main road between Kutaisi and Batumi, so it is possible to transfer to those cities also by marshrutka.[9]

The priority of Kutaisi airport is to attract low-cost airlines. A significant growth in the number of passenger has been noted soon after the reopening of the airport in 2012, mainly due to Wizz Air operations linking Kutaisi with European airports. For 2013 the operator reported 187,939 passengers.[10] In February 2016 Wizz Air announced a new base at Kutaisi Airport and is planning to add second base in 2018.

Currently, major expansion works of the airport are underway[11] as the airport is expecting 1 million passengers in 2020. Also, a railway station is being built in front of the terminal which will directly connect the airport to Tbilisi, Batumi and any other cities of Georgia served by Georgian Railways.[11]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

AirlinesDestinations
flydubai Seasonal: Dubai–International[12]
Red Wings Airlines Seasonal: Moscow–Domodedovo (temporarily suspended)[13]
Ryanair Bologna (begins 7 November 2019),[14] Marseille (begins 9 November 2019)[14]
SkyUp Seasonal: Kharkiv,[15] Odessa[16]
Ural Airlines Moscow–Domodedovo (temporarily suspended)[13]
Vanilla Sky Airlines Mestia, Natakhtari
Wizz Air Athens, Barcelona,[17] Bari,[18] Basel/Mulhouse,[18] Beauvais,[17] Berlin–Schönefeld, Bologna (begins 23 November 2019),[19] Budapest, Charleroi,[18] Cologne/Bonn (begins 1 July 2020), Copenhagen,[18] Dortmund, Eindhoven,[20] Gdańsk, Hahn (begins 1 July 2020),[21] Hamburg (begins 3 July 2020),[21] Heraklion (begins 3 July 2020),[18] Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden (begins 1 July 2020),[21] Katowice, Kraków,[22] Larnaca, London–Luton, Memmingen, Milan–Malpensa, Naples (begins 1 July 2020),[18][23] Nice (begins 12 December 2019),[18] Nuremberg (begins 3 July 2020), Pisa (begins 1 July 2020),[18][23] Poznań (begins 18 September 2019),[24] Prague,[17] Riga, Rome–Fiumicino,[17] Stockholm–Skavsta (begins 1 July 2020),[18] Tallinn,[18] Thessaloniki, Treviso (begins 1 July 2020),[18][23] Turku (begins 3 July 2020),[25] Vienna,[26] Vilnius, Warsaw–Chopin, Wrocław

StatisticsEdit

Annual passenger statistics[10]
Year Total passengers Change from previous year
2018
617,373
 0052.4%
2017
405,173
 0049.3%
2016
271,363
 0048.3%
2015
182,954
 0016.1%
2014
218,003
 0016.0%
2013
187,939
 1,353.3%
2012
012,932
 0185.7%
2011
004,527
 0040.3%
2010
007,446
 

Annual passenger numbers at Kutaisi international Airport (thousands)Edit

 
Update: August 2019

Most Popular Routes[27]

Country Destination Airport Weekly flights Airlines
  Austria Vienna Vienna International Airport 7 Wizz Air (7 weekly)
  France Paris Beauvais–Tillé Airport 5 Wizz Air (5 weekly)
  Germany Dortmund Dortmund Airport 5 Wizz Air (5 weekly)
  Spain Barcelona Barcelona–El Prat Airport 5 Wizz Air (5 weekly)
  Germany Berlin Berlin Schönefeld Airport 4 Wizz Air (4 weekly)
  Poland Warsaw Warsaw Chopin Airport 4 Wizz Air (4 weekly)
  Italy Rome Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport 3 Wizz Air (3 weekly)
  Italy Milan Milan Malpensa Airport 3 Wizz Air (3 weekly)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Airport information for UGKO from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
  2. ^ Airport information for KUT at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  3. ^ "The President of Georgia opened the runway at the David the Builder Kutaisi International Airport". Releases. The Administration of the President of Georgia. Archived from the original on 19 September 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ United Airports of Georgia company website: http://airports.ge/
  5. ^ N., Kirtskhalia (27 September 2012). "Georgia's president, Hungarian PM to open new airport in Kutaisi". Trend News Agency. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Wizz Air запустил авиарейсы из Киева в Кутаиси". Interfax-Ukraine. 27 September 2012. Archived from the original on 19 April 2013. Retrieved 27 September 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  7. ^ Vinci Airports company website (retrieved 1 September 2013)
  8. ^ "Georgian Bus". georgianbus.com. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  9. ^ Jennings, Michael. "Kutaisi Public Transport Information". Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  10. ^ a b "Flight Schedule and Statistics - Kutaisi David the Builder International Airport". gcaa.ge/. Civil Aviation Agency of Georgia. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  11. ^ a b "Construction of New Terminal at Kutaisi International Airport to Start in August". Georgia Today on the Web. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  12. ^ Liu, Jim (4 December 2017). "flydubai adds new destinations in S18". Routesonline. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  13. ^ a b "Russia suspends Georgia flights amid unrest". BBC. 22 June 2019. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  14. ^ a b "Ryanair to launch flights from Georgia". businesstraveller.com. 21 August 2019.
  15. ^ "SkyUp". skyup.aero.
  16. ^ "SkyUp launches four new international flights from Odesa". ukrinform.net. 18 March 2019.
  17. ^ a b c d "Rome, Paris, Barcelona, Prague: Wizz Air launches new direct flights from Kutaisi". agenda.ge. 6 October 2017. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Liu, Jim (17 July 2019). "Wizz Air boosts Kutaisi network from Sep 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  19. ^ "WIZZ AIR ANNOUNCES TWO NEW SERVICES AND INCREASES FREQUENCY ON ANOTHER ROUTE". wizzair.com. 23 August 2019.
  20. ^ "Wizz Air announces third aircraft to its Kutaisi fleet and launches six low cost routes". wizzair.com. 31 January 2019.
  21. ^ a b c Liu, Jim. "Wizz Air 4Q19 New routes launch as of 05SEP19". Routesonline. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  22. ^ "Wizz Air will fly from Krakow. Cheap carrier will open 12 routes from the capital of Lesser Poland". businessinsider.com.pl. 21 November 2018.
  23. ^ a b c https://italiavola.com/2019/08/26/wizzair-ritarda-i-voli-da-kutaisi-per-napoli-treviso-e-pisa/
  24. ^ Liu, Jim (5 July 2019). "Wizz Air expands Poznan network from mid-Sep 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  25. ^ "Wizz Air aloittaa suorat lennot Georgiasta Turkuun ensi vuonna". ts.fi (in Finnish). 26 June 2019. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  26. ^ Liu, Jim (23 July 2018). "Wizz Air accelerates selected Vienna routes launch in W18". Routesonline. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  27. ^ "International passenger flights from Kutaisi Airport".

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