Globus Airlines, a subsidiary of Russia's S7 Airlines, will open a direct air route between Moscow and Tbilisi on November 2, said TAV Georgia, the Tbilisi Airport operator.
"At the end of the talks, Globus Airlines plans to make three flights a week along the Moscow-Tbilisi route starting November 2. A Boeing 737 jet will perform the flights," TAV Georgia said.
Earlier report said Aeroflot - Russian Airlines was set to resume direct regular flights between Moscow and Tbilisi on October 27, after a six-year hiatus.
"According to the note of the Georgian Foreign Ministry, regular air traffic along the Moscow-Tbilisi-Moscow route shall resume on September 15, 2014," the Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya) reported.
The agency said the interdepartmental commission clearing transporters to operate international passenger and cargo flights had permitted Aeroflot, VIM-Avia, Globus, S7 Airlines, Transaero, Ural Airlines and UTair to resume regular flights between the Georgian and Russian capital cities.
Two airlines from Georgia, Georgian Airways and flyVista Georgia, also expect to operate regular flights between Tbilisi and Moscow. They have filed their applications with the Georgian Civil Aviation Administration.
Regular air traffic between Russia and Georgia was disrupted in August 2008 because of the armed conflict in South Ossetia. Flights resumed in August 2010. At present, direct flights between Russia and Georgia are available in the charter regime between Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Tbilisi, Batumi and Kutaisi. The flights are operated by Russia's S7 and Ural Airlines and Georgian Airways.
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