With the resumption of flights from London to Iran this month by British Airways, one of the planet’s most fascinating countries – albeit one with a shocking human rights record – has become far easier for UK travellers to visit.
But what of the major cities and countries that remain unconnected to Britain? Given the presence of the world’s sixth and 37th busiest airports, one could be forgiven for assuming that just about every great travel destination within 9,000 miles of London (the maximum range of the Boeing 777-200LR) can be reached from Britain with just a single flight. Not so. There are lots of popular destinations without a direct link to Britain.
Telegraph wrote an article outlining the fact of launching flights to Iran, however there are some other places where airlines need to consider flying, one of which is Georgia, Tbilisi.
Airlines: please consider the following places next time you’re planning an expansion.
Telegraph Travel’s research suggests there are four European capitals with no direct flights from Britain.
Claire Allfree recommends getting lost in the splendour of the Georgian city. She writes: “These days, its fine Art Nouveau buildings and pretty, traditional balconied houses are what some would call shabby chic. Yet new hotels and shopping malls are springing up and gentrification is under way in its more historic districts. Tbilisi feels like a city finally coming into itself. In other words, get here fast before everyone else does.”
Katie Melua, the singer, is another fan – it is, after all, her childhood home. “It’s steeped in history – the Old Town, with its twisting alleys, is particularly fascinating,” she says. “It’s a city that’s very much off the beaten track. Not many tourists have been there, which makes it all the more worth visiting.”