The construction works of the new terminal of Kutaisi International Airport are in active phase. Concrete works are almost complete and the renewed terminal will be opened at the end of 2019, after completion of the full rehabilitation of the airport. This new terminal will be able to serve three times more passengers than now, – acting director of United Airports of Georgia Ivane Lekishvili said.
The new terminal will cover 24 176 square meters.The capacity of the Kutaisi International Airport will be tripled upon the completion of construction of the new terminal.
“At this point, the airport now serves up to 300 passengers an hour while after the new terminal will be launched, the terminal will have 7 gates and the flow in an hour will be increased 1000-1100 passengers. The terminal was designed by Dutch architecture company UN Studio, while development analysis was prepared by IATA Consulting. The analysis determines all standards of services that an airport must satisfy,- Acting director of United Airports of Georgia Ivane Lekishvili said.
At this stage, steel structure installation is completed. Several weeks ago tender for 17 mln GEL was announced for new expansion works for David the Builder Kutaisi international airport.
“The existing terminal, with its ‘umbrella’ like lobby and its intimate external courtyard, is transformed to become the Departure hall. The Arrivals hall is situated on the other end of the new terminal and has a formal functional approach with maximum area for underground luggage handling and customs service. The goal of UN Studio is to maintain a user-orientated experience. The health and comfort of every single passenger is serviced through the correct application of architecture and spatial design,”- Ivane Lekishvili said.
Georgia is rapidly becoming one of the new tourist hotspots in the region and Kutaisi has become the gate to access the country. Visitors are entering this fascinating and hospitable country from all directions and United Airports of Georgia wants to make sure that they are serviced in the most efficient way – but also with a local touch. Alongside an extension of the terminal and apron, the airport will be connected to the new railway link between Tbilisi and the Black Sea coast, making Kutaisi International Airport a truly intermodal airport.
“Now the number of employees at the airport equals to 450 people and after the terminal becomes operational, it will employ even more people thus providing the new opportunities in the region”,-Ivane Lekishvili said.