Development 27.09.2012

Kutaisi Airport Commissioning in Georgia

VINCI Airports was chosen by the Georgian government to consult and assist with United Airports of Georgia (UAG) in the commissioning of the new airport in Kutaisi. The first commercial flight, operated by Wizz Air, departed for Kiev (Ukraine) on September 27, 2012 under optimum conditions.

VINCI Airports was requested in 2012 to prepare the commissioning of the new airport in Kutaisi, the country’s second largest city, where the government has decided to relocate the Parliament. The mission called ORAT (Operational Readiness and Airport Transfer) included planning and defining all necessary elements for the airport’s commissioning, including an infrastructure audit, definition of organizational planning through the date of opening, training and organization of teams and managing interfaces with airlines and utilities.

Employees from different VINCI Airports facilities in France were mobilized, sharing their expertise in various fields such as runways, passengers, infrastructure, traffic safety, recruitment, training and communications. Nearly 100 people were recruited locally and trained to operate the airport.

This mission enabled VINCI Airports to demonstrate its teams’ expertise and competence in airport management, giving it a leading position in the sector, both in France and abroad.