Russia Allows Georgian Airline to Restart Charter Flights Until November

Russia approved a request from Airzena Georgian Airways to operate charter flights from Tbilisi to Moscow until November, a spokeswoman for Georgia’s largest airline said.

“This is great news for our passengers and our company,” Nino Giorgobiani said by telephone in the Georgian capital today. The airline will operate at least three flights a week, she said.

Russia last allowed Airzena flights to Moscow at Easter, one of several brief restorations of air services since the two countries fought a war in August 2008 over the breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia.

Russian-Georgian relations were tense even before the South Ossetia war. Russia cut transport and postal links and blocked money transfers in October 2006 in a dispute over Georgia’s arrest of Russian servicemen it accused of espionage. Russia had earlier banned imports of Georgian wine and mineral water. Flights resumed in March 2008 before being halted again by the conflict.

To contact the reporter on this story: Helena Bedwell in Tbilisi at hbedwell@bloomberg.net

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