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New Route of the Day (7 May 2024): Georgian Wings between Tbilisi and Prague

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Georgian Wings commenced flights between Tbilisi and Prague on Tuesday 7 May, marking its entry onto the Czech market. The service will be maintained 2-weekly, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, with the 148-seat 737-300 aircraft. The carrier faces no competition between the two capitals.

Flight D4301 departs Tbilisi at 09:30 local time, arriving in Prague at 12:00 local time. The return service, operating as D4302, takes off from Vaclav Havel Airport at 13:00 local time, touching back down in the Georgian capital at 18:45 local time.

What they said

Shako Kiknadze, President of Georgian Wings, said: “This new route signifies not only a convenient link between two beautiful destinations but also a significant step towards fostering closer ties between the Czech Republic and Georgia. With our twice-weekly service operating on Tuesdays and Saturdays aboard Boeing 737-300 aircraft, accommodating up to 148 passengers, we aim to facilitate seamless travel experiences for both business and leisure travellers. Our resumption of direct connections to Tbilisi marks a milestone achievement for us at Georgian Wings. Moreover, this direct route not only facilitates tourism but also opens up promising economic opportunities between our two nations.”

Jaroslav Filip, Prague Airport Aviation Business Director, added: “We are glad that we managed to resume the direct connection with Tbilisi. This is the second route to Georgia, which is positive news for several reasons, for example in terms of enhancing both inbound and outbound tourism. Travellers from both countries enjoy a visa-free regime. And there’s more; Georgia is one of the fastest growing economies in the Caucasus region, so we are thrilled that this connection, which also offers interesting economic opportunities as another way to boost international trade between the two countries, will be launched. We believe that the route will become popular with a large number of passengers and will build on its successful past operation.”

Prague restore Tbilisi service after four years

Flights between Tbilisi and Prague were last operated in February 2020 by Georgian Airways. The national carrier maintained a weekly service between the two cities until the pandemic.

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Wizz Air briefly operated flights between the two capitals in October 2022 when it was forced to relocate its scheduled flights between Kutaisi and Prague due to runway work at the Georgian airport. The ULCC continues to maintain services between the country’s third-largest city and the Czech capital.

Apart from Tbilisi and Kutaisi, Prague Airport also boasts services to Baku in the Caucasus, with Azerbaijan Airlines maintaining flights between the two cities.

Georgian Wings expands international network

Established in 2017, Georgian Wings’ owner Geosky initially specialised in cargo flights, carving a niche in both local and international markets. With a successful track record spanning six years, Geosky decided to broaden its horizons by venturing into passenger flights under the Georgian Wings brand name. Since July 2023, Georgian Wings has been operating international routes.

The carrier currently maintains scheduled flights from Tbilisi to Baku and Chisinau, in addition to Prague. Apart from the 737-300, it also has two ATR72 turboprops in its fleet.

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