The first direct flight to Tbilisi by the French national airline, the AIR FRANCE was performed at the Shota Rustaveli Tbilisi International Airport. President Salome Zourabichvili was the First Passenger of the first direct flight, which also brought French tour operators, bloggers and journalists to Tbilisi.
A reception ceremony was held to celebrate the inaugural direct Paris-Tbilisi flight by French. Georgian President Salome Zurabichvili, the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development George Kobulia, the Director of the United Airports of Georgia, Giorgi Chogovadze, the Head of the National Tourism Administration, Mariam Kvrivishvili, the Director General of the Sakaeronavigatsia Ltd, Gocha Mazmishvili as well as the representatives of the tourism and aviation sectors, the French tour operators, bloggers and journalists also attended the reception.
The President of Georgia Salome Zurabichvili, the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development George Kobulia and the Vice President of Corporate and Travel Agencies Sales at Air France-KLM Sébastien Guyot addressed the audience at the reception.
“We are happy that the negotiations with the AIR FRANCE were successfully accomplished. The EU is one of the main target markets for attracting tourists and such direct flights will attract more tourists from the European Union to our country. We believe that the AIR FRANCE will give an example to other European airlines and we will have more direct flights to Europe,” – George Kobulia, the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development stated.