Abkhazia is preparing for the opening of international air traffic
President of Abkhazia Raul Khadzhimba signed a decree granting Sukhum airport the status of a joint-based airport. The document says that the airport will be able to receive not only military, but also civilian air transport.
“After the reconstruction of the airport, it is planned to restore the aviation communication between Abkhazia and Russia, which stopped 26 years ago due to the Georgian-Abkhaz war,” said Vakhtang Pipiy, the chairman of the State Committee on State Property Management and Privatization.
The opening of the air communication, of course, will attract certain tourist traffic, but it is very difficult to calculate its volume due to the low developed hotel infrastructure and the seasonality of the rest. So, it is difficult to plan the possible capacity and frequency of the flights. It is possible that Abkhazia will try to create its own airline. But taken into account the weaken budget of the country and absence of outside investors, experts call this version of events as highly doubtful.
Sukhumi airport was built in the middle of the last century and until the closure in 1993 it could receive up to 5 thousand passengers per day.