Amid intensified China-Georgia relations, China Southern Airlines announced its intentions to operate several new international flights from Tbilisi Airport.
The new destinations from Tbilisi will include cities like Seoul, New York, Los Angeles, and Toronto. All these will become accessible for Georgian travelers through connecting flights in Chinese cities of Urumqi and Guangzhou.
China Southern Airlines presented the future plans for expanding its business activity in Georgia at yesterday’s conference held at new Hualing Hotels and Preference at Tbilisi Sea City.
The Company’s deputy marketing director Zhang Jun thanked the Georgian government for the active cooperation with China Southern Airlines, which is the country’s one of three biggest airlines.
“Reviving Georgia’s role in the historic Silk Road is one of our goals. So far we do not have a lot of tourists from Georgia. But if we have more customers from Georgia using our Airline’s transit services, we will lower the fairs for them,” Mr. Jun said.
“Chinese people love Georgia very much, but the wide audience doesn’t know much about the country yet. Enactment of the new direct flights between Georgia and China will bring the two nations closer to each other,” he added.
China Southern Airlines operates direct flights from Tbilisi to Urumqi and Guanzhou. As the director of Georgian Civil Aviation Agency Guram Jalagonia notes, China Southern Airlines has been working in the country for four years now.
“The Company is oriented at increasing tourist activity in Georgia; we can only salute this undertaking by China Southern Airlines. Chinese government is planning to sign the free-trade agreement with Georgia, which is extremely important for Georgia’s economic development,” Jalagonia told CBW.
Tbilisi – Urumqi flights operate regularly since 2011 at the from Shota Rustaveli International Airport.