Cheap Flight From Kutaisi Airport


Cheap Flight From Kutaisi Airport, On Monday evening I am taking the Transfers Georgia Service from Tbilisi to Samtredia with my wife and two kids (business class, 150GEL). We plan to stay overnight in a little family hotel (40GEL), and at 6.30am we’ll board the Wizz Air flight to Katowice, Poland, at the cost €40 a person and €35 per suitcase (one way). Seat reservations, luggage, train and guesthouse included, the roundtrip to Poland will cost my family around €700 compared to €1,500-2,000 using any other, conventional option. A real bargain! (even if we ignore the fact that my wife’s family is actually from Katowice!) check from here

The renovation of Kutaisi airport and entry by a low cost carrier (LCC) are significant events in Georgia’s modern history. Yes, for now the choice of destinations served by Wizz Air is very limited and commuting from Tbilisi to Kutaisi presents a formidable challenge, certainly for the business travelers among us. Because of these limitations, in the first three months since opening in late September 2012, Kutaisi served a miniscule 4,000 passengers per month, as compared with the 2012 Tbilisi average of 100,000/month. Yet, the Kutaisi/Wizz Air option will no doubt have a strong positive impact on Georgia’s economy and its connection to the rest of the world.

Low cost carriers, such as Wizz Air, are a boon for competition in the travel industry. The 1993 report by the U.S. Department of Transportation coined the term “Southwest Effect” to describe the plummeting of fares and increase in the amount of travel to and from destinations that became part of the Southwest Airlines network. Airlines competing with Southwest Airlines resisted its entry fearing for their share and profitability in markets in which they enjoyed a near-monopoly. To some extent, their fears were justified: Southwest Airlines is currently one of the largest US carriers, driving its competitors out of business and enjoying near-monopoly in many markets (which, ironically, implies a reversing of the “Southwest Effect”).

Of course, Kutaisi and Tbilisi are far from being perfect substitutes, which for the time being limits the impact of Kutaisi/Wizz Air on competition. Due to infrequent flights, limited choice of connections, remote airport location and a lack of a convenient train/road link, Kutaisi is not really an option for Tbilisi-bound business travelers. Almost all Asian destinations – an increasing source of visitors to Georgia – are not yet served by Kutaisi airport. Also, Kutaisi does not yet have sufficient capacity to handle cargo, which is likely to become a subject of fierce competition in the future.

That said, we do already observe competition on some of the most popular routes e.g. to/from Ukraine and Poland. Most directly affected are Ukraine International Airlines (about 10% of Tbilisi airport passenger traffic in 2012), Aerosvit and the Polish LOT, which serve the same destinations as Wizz Air (Donetsk, Kharkov, Kiev, and Warsaw).

The prices offered by Wizz Air are a fraction of airfares on the conventional carriers. Yet, at least for now, the gap appears to persist:

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