Eastern Europe and Western Asia meet in Georgia, a country that’s ready to shake off the dust of the Soviet era to welcome tourists with open arms. Beautiful scenery is plentiful, with the towering Caucasus Mountains on the Russian border and the glimmering Black Sea on the west coast. There are vibrant cities and quaint towns, ancient churches and imposing soviet architecture.
Each region of Georgia has something unique to offer. Rioni has UNESCO heritage sites; the southwest has subtropical weather, and Kakheti is home to some surprisingly good wineries. Kartli is the real heartland of Georgia and is home to the lively and modern city of Tbilisi, and Gori: the birthplace of Stalin.
Georgia has three international airports, each one serving a different part of the country.
Tbilisi International Airport (TBS) is the main airport in Georgia and serves the capital city. While there are currently no flights to the airport from the UK, you can catch flights from other large European cities including Amsterdam, Paris, and Munich. Since 2009 the Georgian government has been in negotiation with Wizz Air and Ryanair, so it’s possible that direct flights to Tbilisi from the UK could be available soon. Watch this space!
Kutaisi Airport (KUT) serves Georgia’s second largest city and the western region of Imereti. The airport closed in November 2011 and reopened in September 2012 with a lavish ceremony that was attended by guests of honour including the Prime Minister of Hungary and the CEO of Wizz Air. The airport is currently aiming to attract more budget carriers to increase its route offering, which currently focuses on Russia, Turkey and Poland.
The final airport is Batumi International Airport (BUS), which serves the black sea resorts of Adjara and the fun loving city of Batumi itself.