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Airzena Postponed Paralysis of Tbilisi International Airport

Georgian Airways has delayed paralysis of the Tbilisi international airport scheduled for today. The company’s founder Iase Zautashvili states that  a meeting was held with the government. The parties agreed to  satisfy  the company’s  two demands. In particular, the abolition of the note according to which, Russian airlines are allowed to  fly  to Georgia without limits.

The second requirement to conduct negotiations with Russia in  Georgia to discuss next year’s summer flight schedule as well as  the possibility to fly to other Russian cities.

Zautashvili notes  that the government promised them that the rest of the requirements will be implemented gradually from Monday, otherwise the company will resume  protests from Monday.

In the words of Zautashvili, the government also pledged  that a process of  the allocation of the Civil Aviation Agency from the Ministry of Economy  will begin on Monday. Zautashvili adds that the company  has decided to restore Tbilisi- Moscow flights.

Airzena demands  to cancel the note sent by the government of Georgia to the Russian Federation on July 8 stating that they agree on the Russian airlines’ entry into the Georgian market as well as to issue permits to 13 carriers  that plan to launch flights in Georgia.

Another requirement is to restore air links with Russia, which existed until November 2006 and follow  10-10 parity principle  foreseen by the intergovernmental agreement on air traffic between Georgia and Russia,  to conduct negotiations with Russia in  Georgia to discuss next year’s summer flight schedule as well as  the possibility to fly to other Russian cities, to  separate the Civil Aviation Agency from the Ministry of Economy, to  form a separate entity as it is adopted  in many countries; to dismiss staff appointed under the previous government; to staff the  Civil Aviation Agency with qualified personnel; to change legal acts  adopted by the previous government  and contradicting   the interests of the Georgian air companies;  to restore  Georgian Airways’ flagship status, which wad groundlessly canceled by the previous government.