Friday 8th November 2019 marked the first inaugural flight of Ryanair’s much anticipated Georgia service. It left Tbilisi International Airport and arrived in Milan Bergamo’s Orio al Serio International Airport, becoming the first of three new routes that Ryanair is now offering.
Back in August, Ryanair announced that it would be introducing its low fares in Georgia. On Friday, the first of the winter schedule flights to Georgia successfully touched down, flown by Ryanair’s Boeing 737-800.
According to FlightRadar24, the service FR3920 left Tbilisi International Airport at 11:16 pm and arrived in Milan Bergamo at 12:17 am. This new route between Tbilisi and Milan will be offered four times per week.
Eight new weekly services to Georgia
But Ryanair is not entering Georgia timidly. Tbilisi is just one of the new destinations that Ryanair is now flying.
As well as the four weekly routes it will fly from this airport, the airline will also offer routes from Georgia’s Kutaisi Airport. However, the Kutaisi Airport services will not only fly to Italy. The service will fly twice weekly to Marseille, France and twice weekly to Bologna, Italy.
Ryanair spoke with gladness about the new routes. Sales & Marketing Manager CEE & Balkans at Ryanair, Olga Pawlonka was hopeful that the routes would help to fill customer demand. In a statement, she said:
“We’re delighted to officially launch our Georgia winter 2019 schedule, with the start of our new routes from Tbilisi to Milan Bergamo and from Kutaisi to Marseille and Bologna. Today marks the start of our first ever winter schedule for Tbilisi and Kutaisi airports which will help deliver 130,000 customers to/from Tbilisi and Kutaisi airports this year.”
Why fly to Georgia?
But Ryanair hasn’t finished with its Georgia offering. The airline will also add flights between Cologne, Germany, and Tbilisi in its Summer 2020 schedule. The service is expected to start in April 2020 and will fly twice weekly. Ryanair hopes that with this additional route, it will be able to fly 170,000 passengers to and from Georgia every year.
As a result of this demand, it makes sense for the airline to open routes into Georgia. The country is one of the fastest-growing tourist hotspots in Europe offering excellent nature and history-steeped towns. But Georgian representatives are not only hoping that the routes boost leisure tourism in these regions. They also hope that Ryanair’s services will allow Georgian citizens the option to explore Europe.
In Ryanair’s statement, the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia said:
“I am pleased that both our citizens and tourists coming to Georgia are already able to take advantage of direct flights operated by Ryanair.”
But there’s an additional benefit for Georgian citizens. The Director-General of United Airports of Georgia said that getting new airlines into Georgia is a priority. These investments are instrumental in strengthening the economy as well as provide new job opportunities to Georgian nationals. Ryanair hopes that the new routes will provide an additional 100 on-site jobs each year.
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