New airfield for Georgia’s Racha region

Other airfields are planned for Ingiri, Omalo and Chikhareshi. Photo by Nicolas Landru/, 10 Aug 2016 - 14:45, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia is developing infrastructure in its Racha-Lechkhumi and Svaneti regions by bringing new life to several old and abandoned places.

One of the first objects to be developed in Ambrolauri, Racha was the airfield, which is planned to become operational by the end of this year, announced Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili.

He believed this new airfield could bring more tourists to the region and boost the local economy.

The Georgian Civil Aviation Agency (GCAA) has already created a concept plan to develop the country’s smaller, rural aviation centres in different regions of Georgia, including Racha.

We will try to project the airfield in a way so it could receive not only small airplanes but also middle-size airplanes that are able to carry 50 passengers. This will be a huge encouragement for local small entrepreneurs, owners of guesthouses and investors to attract more investments in Racha and nearby regions,” said the PM.

Last year a group of specialists from the GCAA studied the conditions of Georgia’s inactive airfields, heliports and runways in different parts of the country. As a result the GCAA found four airfields had the potential to be revived.

These four airfields earmarked for upgrades were Ingiri, Omalo, Chikhareshi and Ambrolauri airfields.

As of today three international airports operate in Georgia: Tbilisi Shota Rustaveli International Airport, Batumi Alexander Kartveli International Airport and Kutaisi International Airport.

There are also three local airports that perform domestic flights: Mestia, Natakhtari and Telavi airports.

Meanwhile, the PM promised to improve the roads in Racha-Lechkhumi and Svaneti regions so locals as well as tourists can travel there easier.