New airport opens in Georgia`s mountainous region

Sat 25 Dec 2010 03:16 GMT | 07:16 Local Time

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First plane, driven by Georgian president landed in Queen Tamar Airport in the country`s mountainous region of Svaneti on Friday.

As reported, Canadian Kenn Borek Air Ltd., will daily perform flights from Tbilisi to Svaneti. One-way ticket will cost Gel 70 and two-way one - Gel 150.

The runaway of teh airport is 1110 kilometres. The airport complies with contemporary standards. It has high level security systems and is able to receive passengers in all weather conditions.

1563-kilometer ski track also opened in Svaneti. Georgian President was first who skied down the track. Vice Premier and Finance minister also followed him while the PM and other members of the government ascended the track by ropeway. The tourist infrastructure in Svaneti similar to leading European resorts was constructed by Laitner Italian Company.

A 9-kilometre highway is leading from the Mestia airport to the ski track. Ski season in Svaneti lasts from November to May.

Construction of a multiprofile hospital is supposed to be finished in teh ski complex the next year. Meanwhile a traumatology and emergency centre opened today in Mestia. 65 people are employed in the centre equipped with contemporary medical machinery. Reportedly, dentist`s office, ambulance and maternity ward will also open in the hospital

Tourists visiting Mestia will be able to plan their routs through the region via the tourism centre in the region.

Georgian president viewed the ongoing reconstruction works in Svaneti on Friday. Facades of homes and Svanetian towers have been refurbished, water supply system and street lights have been changed in the region.

Along with the air transport infrastructure, motorways are also being constructed in Svaneti. Concrete cover has already been laid on half of Khaishi-Mestia highway.

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