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Georgian authorities and IATA experts discuss a 20-year plan for Kutaisi’s western airport

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Georgian authorities on Wednesday discussed a 20-year comprehensive plan for the development of Kutaisi International Airport in the west of the country by creating service options for 5.1 million passengers and accommodation for up to 30,000 flights per year.

The plan was developed by experts from the International Air Transport Association and was discussed by the authorities with the organization. The Economy Ministry said the first phase, due to start this year, would include the construction of a new 3.5km runway, three-way runways and an apron at the airport.

Economy Minister Levan Davitashvili said that the need for the overall development plan stems from the fact that the passenger flow at the airport has increased in recent years. He said the airport served a “record number” of passengers last year, and this number is expected to rise further following the completion of infrastructure projects, including the country’s East-West Expressway.

IATA professionals said the plan included an assessment of the current airport infrastructure, passenger flows and air traffic forecasts, possible scenarios for the development of the terminal and the development of the outer area.

The meeting also discussed the development of the terminal and the airport’s capacity over the next five, ten and twenty years.