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Hub Georgia Accuses Union of Airports of Purposeless Budget Spending

HUB Georgia nongovernmental organization accuses the aviation authorities of Georgia of purposeless budget spending. Union of Airports of Georgia have twice violated the international convention that entitles countries not to license foreign airlines for implementing internal flights.

According to HUB Georgia, similar facts have taken place twice. The first one happened in 2016, when domestic airlines were late to participate in the tender and the tender failed. After this, based on negotiations with one person, agreement was signed with Kazakh airline Sky Bus, which was in the Black List of Security Control International Organization and the airline was banned to perform flights to Europe. Soon the license and agreement with this airline was terminated because of violation of security standards. A year later, in 2017 Hub Georgia director Vaso Urushadze informed that the fact repeated, when a tender was announced for 10 million GEL subsidization program.

“The winner airline was to launch flights on July 1, 2017 and perform Tbilisi-Btumi and Tbilisi-Batumi-Mestia flights for 3 years. The tender was won by Service Air, a Georgian airline, however, the company was found without corresponding airplanes and Service Air launched operation by airplanes of Latvian RAF AVIA, however, later Union of Airports of Georgia and Civil Aviation Agency terminated agreement with the tender winner company and transmitted the license directly to the Latvian airline. As a result, the foreign airline implements Tbilisi-Batumi flights by Georgian state subsidies and the convention was violated for the second time”, Urushadze said.