New Iranian airline enters in Georgia

Georgia plans to restore direct flights between Tbilisi and Tehran later this year.

Economy and Suitable Development Minister Dimitri Kumsishvilil announced that Iranian airlines have already applied to Georgia Civil Aviation Agency.

Iranian Taban Airlines will soon launch direct flights between Iran and Georgia.

The company will begin carrying out multiple charter flights in June, announced the Georgian Civil Aviation Agency.

The flights will mainly be oriented on carrying Iranian tourists to Georgia and back.

Taban Airlines will cover these directions:

  • Isfahan-Tbilisi-Isfahan: twice a week;
  • Tehran-Tbilisi-Tehran: twice a week;
  • Mashhad-Tbilisi-Tabriz: once a week;
  • Tehran-Batumi-Tehran: once a week; and
  • Tabriz-Batumi-Mashhad: one a week.

Air traffic between Georgia and Iran resumed on February 26, 2016. Since then ATA Airlines and Qeshm Airlines have been carrying out direct flights between Tbilisi and Tehran, which benefited 6,987 passengers.

“This promotes the tourist flow into the market, which we desperately need.” said Kumsishvili.

Georgia and Iran signed an agreement on visa-free travel in November 2010 during a visit by Tehran’s minister, Manouchehr Mottaki.

The agreement cam into force in January 2011 and envisaged reciprocal visa-free travel dor up to 45 days for both Georgian and Iranian citizens.