Frequency of flights between Tbilisi and Moscow has remained at 14 per week for each side.
“Commersant” was told by the head of the Civil Aviation Agency Guram Jalaghonia.
He says two Russian companies Siberia and Aeroflotwill have the right to perform flights from Moscow to Tbilisi. The Russian delegation is expected to visit Georgia on December 1 and the number of frequencies depends on these negotiations.
As it is known, before the completion of negotiations between the two countries Aeroflot has been given a temporary permit for daily flights for a period ofone month, till 25 November.
This time the term is extended until December 8. Prior to this, the Russian delegation is expected in Georgia on December 1.
If a decision on “14-14” frequency is taken, Airzena will stop flights to Moscow. The head of the Georgian airline Iase Zautashvili notes that such a decision could be made in a few days.
During this period Zautashvili hoped that the Georgian aviation authorities would do everything the frequency of flights for Russian companies not to exceed 10 per week.
In his words, he was waiting for the settlement of this issue until November 25. However, the Russian side delays the talks, as a result, Aeroflot dumping policy has caused a serious damage to Airzena, the company will review its flights and does not exclude it will stop Tbilisi-Moscow flights in the coming days.
“The so-called agreement between Russian and Georgian sides, which has a verbal form so far, is absolutely unacceptable for us … Aeroflot has very ambitious plans to enter into Georgia, conquer theGeorgian aviation market not just in Tbilisi- Moscow direction, but also in European through Moscow …Their ambitious plan envisages transportation of passengers from Georgia to Asia and Europe. If Aeroflot remains in Georgia in the near future – and it seems it will happen so – we’ll cede the Georgian aviation market to the Russian companies,”- Zautashvili adds.