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Shota Rustaveli Tbilisi International Airport (ქართული. თბილისის შოთა რუსთაველის სახელობის საერთაშორისო აეროპორტი) Шаблон:Airport codes formerly Novo Alexeyevka International Airport, is the main international airport in Georgia, located Шаблон:Convert southeast of the capital Tbilisi.


February 2007 saw the completion of a reconstruction project, with the construction of a new international terminal, a car park, improvements to the apron, taxiway and runway and the acquisition of ground handling equipment. A rail link to the city centre has been constructed, with an infrequent rail service of 6 trains per day each way. George W. Bush Avenue leads from the airport to downtown Tbilisi.

The airport has a contemporary and functional design. It is designed to provide the optimum flow of both passengers and luggage from the parking lot to the planes, with a 25,000 square meter total usable area. There is scope for future expansions without interrupting terminal operations. It has high-tech contemporary systems, keeping passenger convenience and efficiency of the terminal operations in mind, throughout functional spaces organized in an elegant manner. The food and beverage operations are carried out by BTA at 7 points with a staff of 75, while ATU provides Duty Free services at its four stores. The total project cost was 90.5 million USD. The capacity of the new terminal building is 2.8 million passengers per year.

The implementing agency and the borrower for the project is TAV Urban Georgia, a concessionaire and special purpose vehicle for the construction and operation of the airport.


The first airport terminal building was constructed in 1952. Designed by the architect V. Beridze in the style of Stalinist architecture the building featured a floor plan with symmetric axes and a monumental risalit in the form of a portico. The two side wings featured blind arcades in giant order. A new terminal building was finished in 1990, designed in the International style. In 1981 Tbilisi airport was the 12th largest airport in the Soviet Union, with 1,478,000 passengers on so-called central lines, that is on flights connecting Tbilisi with cities in other Soviet republics. In 1998 the number of passengers had shrunk to 230,000 per year.

Tbilisi International Airport is operated by TAV since October, 2005. In Georgia the company also operates airport in Batumi for 20-year term starting from May 2007. TAV Airports Holding, which owns 76% shares in Tbilisi airport operator TAV Urban Georgia, agreed with the Georgian state-owned United Airports of Georgia to reconstruct the unused runway, one of the two runways at the Tbilisi airport. The old runway will be reconstructed and extended according to ICAO standards and code F regulations and will be able to accept all type of aircraft, including the Boeing 747-8, Airbus A380-800, Antonov An-225 and Antonov An-124. A new F Code taxiway is also planned.

Passenger traffic at the airport more than doubled between 2009 and 2013 to almost 1.44 million passengers.

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Annual passenger statistics
Year Total passengers Change from previous year
2005 <center> 547,150
2006 <center> 567,402 Шаблон:Increase 3.7%
2007 <center> 615,873 Шаблон:Increase 8.5%
2008 <center> 714,976 Шаблон:Increase 16.1%
2009 <center> 702,916 Шаблон:Decrease 1.7%
2010 <center> 822,772 Шаблон:Increase 17.1%
2011 <center> 1,058,679 Шаблон:Increase 28.7%
2012 <center> 1,219,175 Шаблон:Increase 15.2%
2013 <center> 1,436,046 Шаблон:Increase 17.8%
2014 <center> 1,575,386 Шаблон:Increase 9.7%
2015 <center> 1,847,111 Шаблон:Increase 17.25%

See also

  • List of the busiest airports in the former USSR
  • List of airports in Georgia
  • Transport in Georgia

Tips & Hints

Sergei Arsentiev
Sergei Arsentiev 7 September 2012
Free bottle of wine on passport control!!! Great!
Arzu 13 November 2010
Free and fast wifi at Tbilisi airport!
Mahsa Alamdarlou
Mahsa Alamdarlou 25 November 2013
Really friendly people and a beautiful city... I would love to visit Tbilisi again. :-)
Giga SU7
Giga SU7 14 September 2013
The cheapest way to get to the city center is to take bus # 37. The bus stop is in front of the arrival hall and they run from 07:00 until 22:00. Ticket: 0.50 GEL. A taxi ride to the center: 25 GEL.
David Chitanava
David Chitanava 24 May 2012
Nice Airport, but it feels in everything that management is Turkish company.
Million Yardov
Million Yardov 3 June 2013
Welcome to Georgia ! If you will go to Tbilisi, there is a free public wifi on Rustaveli Avenue named Tbilisi Loves You ! Enjoy Tbilisi and Georgia 😄
Igor Miniailo
Igor Miniailo 1 May 2013
Adore airports with free Wi-Fi access!
BESA®IO 29 March 2013
I love Tbilisi....✈
Michal Berg
Michal Berg 12 September 2011
Don't expect you will ve able to buy anything to eat without cash. The only fastfood does not accept cards, Café does not provide any food. Wake up, Tbilisi, it's 2011.
Eugene Pougatch
Eugene Pougatch 11 August 2012
Passport control is excruciatingly slow. Even notorious Boryspil control is way faster.
Ekaterina Kuznetsova
Ekaterina Kuznetsova 24 August 2013
Во всех отношениях приятный аэропорт главного города сказочной, щедрой и фантастически гостеприимной страны!
Levan Sabiashvili
Levan Sabiashvili 30 March 2013
Українці, ласкаво просимо до Грузії! Гамарджоба, генацвале!
Catherine Di
Catherine Di 14 April 2013
По прилету дали по бутылочке вина. Приятно :)
TheSun 23 December 2013
Merkeze gitmek icin taksi kullanacaksaniz, havalimanindan kalkan araclarda taksimetre var lakin sifirlatmayi unutmayin, yoksa benim kaziklandigim gibi kaziklanirsiniz:) 20 normal bir ucret.
Helen O
Helen O 19 January 2015
Бесплатный вайфай Tbilisi loves you. На паспортном контроле каждому дарили по бутылке красного вина:) вот оно, грузинское гостеприимство!:)
Nikolay Glushetskiy
Nikolay Glushetskiy 11 January 2014
Отвратительно, курят везде.
Арсен Арсенов
Запарили везде курить!
Jakub Górnicki
Jakub Górnicki 1 November 2010
Gruzja jest super!
Denis Gurov
Denis Gurov 14 October 2012
Когда прошел паспортный контроль, таможенник вручил бутылку вина. Удивительно, обычно они забирают
PAsha Mix
PAsha Mix 1 March 2013
Если хочешь уехать дешевле, садишься на сидение, рядом ставишь сноуборд и ждешь;) Начинают подходить водилы, предлагать добраться до Гудаури. Средняя ставк 15-25$ с человека при групповом заказе(4-6ч)
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