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Friday, August 19
Foundations being laid for second terminal at Tbilisi airport

The construction of the second terminal building at Tbilisi International Airport is proceeding as planned.

Currently, the foundations are being laid, spokesperson for the airport told DFWatch.

The need for a second terminal is evident in the steady growth in passengers, which last year passed 1.8 million.

This triggered a clause in operator TAV’s contract with Union of Georgian Airports obliging the Turkish company to build another terminal.

When the new terminal is finished in the end of 2017, the airport will be able to service 3.5 million passengers a year.

The new terminal will have an area of 12,000 square meters. Construction work started June 27, and about 500 people will be employed in the construction project.

The new building is part of a renewal which also includes the rehabilitation of the runway and taxiway, five new parking areas for departures and boarding bridges for passengers.

On July 14, an upgraded runway was opened at Tbilisi airport after 12 weeks of work that cost 70 million lari (USD 30 million). Apparently the runaway will operate for 20 years before the next refurbishment.

TAV Urban Georgia has operated Tbilisi International Airport since October 31, 2005. It has the right to operate the airport until November 2027. (

Georgian Dream launches active election campaign

Majoritarian (single mandate) MP candidates of Georgian Dream – Democratic Georgia Party will launch active election campaigning from today.

The candidates held a meeting in the party's central office yesterday. Head of the election headquarters, Kakha Kaladze, met the party's majoritarian candidates from all over the country.

"The meeting discussed organizational and coordination issues. We are entering a very active phase of the pre-election phase. Fortunately, our positions are very strong. We discussed specific plans for improving coordination," one of the candidates, Mairam Jashi, said.

Another majoritarian candidate, Nino Goguadze, stated that the meeting discussed issues related to the election campaign. According to her, the candidates are launching active election campaign from today. (

Tskhinvali government says up to 200 tons of agricultural production is daily sent to Tskhinvali from Georgia

Up to 200 tons of agricultural production is imported to South Ossetia from Georgia everyday via the Mosabruni (Razdakhani) checkpoint that is located in Akhalgori district, - Sputnik Ossetia is reporting.

According to Sputnik Ossetia, this information was provided by Akhalgori police head Robert Bitarov to so-called vice PM Dmity Kozaev.

Within the framework of the visit Kozaev told the agency to find out why the imported Georgian production is sold far more expensively than it costs.

Ossetian border guards and representatives of the so-called security committee will conduct monitoring at the checkpoint, which is crossed by 700 people every day. (IPN)

Burjanadze Meets Russia’s State Duma Speaker in Moscow

Nino Burjanadze, leader of Democratic Movement opposition party, met Russia’s State Duma speaker Sergey Naryshkin in Moscow on August 17.

“Prospects of bilateral relations between Russia and Georgia, as well as the situation in the Black Sea and South Caucasus region as a whole were discussed,” the State Duma’s press office said.

It was Burjanadze’s fourth visit to Russia for talks with Russian officials since July 2015.

Burjanadze’s campaign for the October 8 parliamentary elections centres on the proposal to give Georgia “non-bloc status”, implying “rejecting joining any kind of military bloc, be it NATO or any other military alliance”.

“This meeting [with Naryshkin] has vindicated me once again as to how important it is to have direct dialogue with high level Russian officials. I assure you that after the elections I will spare no effort to have high level dialogue with Russia,” Burjanadze told journalists upon arrival back from Moscow. (