Georgian Airways resumes flights to Moscow after two-day strike

Georgian Airways resumed direct regular flights between Tbilisi and Moscow on Friday after a two-day strike. The airline has been assured by the national authorities that all of its demands will be met.

Georgian Airways resumed direct regular flights between Tbilisi and Moscow on Friday after a two-day strike. The airline has been assured by the national authorities that all of its demands will be met.

"Some of our demands have been met. Phased fulfillment of the remaining demands will begin on Monday. If this does not happen the [protest] action will resume," Georgian Airways Board of Directors Chairman Tamaz Gaiashvili told reporters on Friday.

He said it was decided to resume flights on that route after negotiations with the Georgian government.

Georgian Airways suspended direct regular flights between Tbilisi and Moscow on December 10 to protest against the high frequency of flights by Russian airlines.

Negotiations between Georgian Airways and the Civil Aviation Administration resulted in a promise to meet only one of its demands: ten weekly flights conducted by Georgian and Russian airlines each.

The protesters insist that the July 8 note which gives Russian airlines the right to make an unlimited number of flights between Tbilisi and Moscow be repealed and air traffic to Russia on the terms which existed before November 2006 be restored.

Another demand is that the Civil Aviation Administration be separated from the Economy and Sustainable Development Ministry and staffed with professional personnel capable of holding negotiations and protecting national interests.

Russia and Georgia announced the resumption of regular air flights between Moscow and Tbilisi on September 15, 2014.

Aeroflot - Russian Airlines resumed daily flights between Moscow and Tbilisi on October 27 and was accused of selling its tickets at dumping prices by Georgian Airways.

Regular air traffic between Russia and Georgia was disrupted in August 2008. Flights resumed in August 2010. Until recently, all direct flights between the two countries were chartered and operated by Russia's Sibir (S7) and Ural Airlines, and Georgia's Georgian Airways.

Read more: Aeroflot resumes regular flights between Moscow, Tbilisi

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