Georgia and China open direct air link

Georgia and China have opened direct flights. The issue has been discussed by Georgian Deputy Minister for the Economy and Sustainable Development and head of the Agency for Civil Aviation, Irakly Davitadze, with the China Southern Airlines Company, Business Georgia reports.

The first flight will be made by China Southern Airlines on June 9, 2011.

The Urumchi-Tbilisi-Urumchi flight will be made 3 times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. It will take 5 hours. Georgian Minister for Economy and Sustainable Development Vera Kobalia said that the link will develop business contacts and invite new investments to Georgia, as well as tourists.

Vice-President of the Chinese air company Kan Yung Jana said that the flights are important, in terms of developing political and economic ties and tourism.