The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued an air safety joint permission to Georgian Airways airline as part of the EU safety authorization for foreign air operators – PART-TCO.
Georgian Airways is authorized to perform flights to 32 EASA member countries (28 EU members and four members of EFTA: Iceland, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Norway) under one centralized permission.
Under the European Commission decision, starting 2016 the EASA authorized permission has become obligatory for any operator of the third country that wants to perform flights to the EU territory.
According to the Ministry of Economy, the permission fully corresponds to the airplane exploitation standards of ICAO and proves the country protects the flights safety norms (ICAO audit results also matter jointly with other elements in the authorization process).
The permission is valid until the Georgian operator will satisfy the European standards for authorization of airlines in EU nonmember countries.