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Airzena may Stop Flights to Moscow in a Few Days

Frequency of flights between Tbilisi and Moscow has remained  at 14 per week for each side.

“Commersant” was told by  the head of the Civil Aviation Agency Guram  Jalaghonia.

He says  two Russian companies Siberia and  Aeroflotwill have the right to perform  flights from Moscow to Tbilisi. The Russian delegation is expected to visit Georgia on December 1 and the number of frequencies depends on   these negotiations.

As it is known, before the completion of negotiations between the two countries Aeroflot has been given a temporary permit for daily flights for a period ofone month, till 25 November.

This time the term is extended until December 8. Prior to this, the Russian delegation is expected in Georgia on  December 1.

If a decision on  “14-14” frequency is taken, Airzena will  stop flights to Moscow. The head of the Georgian airline  Iase Zautashvili notes  that such a decision could be made in  a few days.

During this period Zautashvili hoped that the Georgian aviation authorities would do everything the frequency of flights for Russian companies not to exceed 10 per week.

In his words,  he was waiting for the settlement of this issue until  November 25. However, the Russian side delays the talks, as a result,  Aeroflot dumping policy has caused a  serious damage to  Airzena,  the company will review its flights and does not exclude it will  stop Tbilisi-Moscow flights in the coming days.

“The so-called agreement between Russian and Georgian sides, which has a verbal form so far, is absolutely unacceptable for us … Aeroflot  has very ambitious plans to enter into Georgia, conquer  theGeorgian aviation market  not just in  Tbilisi- Moscow direction, but also in European  through Moscow …Their ambitious plan envisages transportation of  passengers from Georgia  to  Asia and Europe. If Aeroflot remains in Georgia in the near future – and it seems it will happen so – we’ll cede the Georgian aviation market to the  Russian companies,”- Zautashvili adds.