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Sukhum airport is already servicing certain charter flights2010-04-22 18:54
The airport of Sukhum has not yet been opened officially and does not perform regular passenger transportation; still, it has started servicing certain charter flights under contract.gt-en-newsitem-inside
The news has been reported to RIA Novosti today by Director of the Sukhum International Airport republican unitary enterprise Vyacheslav Eshba. The airport is located near the settlement of Babushera (Gulripshskiy region).
At the same time, as was reported by GeorgiaTimes, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has confirmed its recognition of Georgia's territorial integrity and the unity of its air space.
This was reported by regional director of the organization Karsten Tail during the meeting with a representative of the Unified Transport Administration of Georgia held on April 16 in Paris.
The parties discussed a whole number of issues, including Russia's assignment of its international code to the airport of Sukhum.
The participants of the meeting noted that basing upon the Georgian government's demand ICAO cancelled the international code assigned to the airport of Babushera in Sukhum and took it off the DOC7910 list in 2006; the organization never changed its decision afterwards.
As was underlined by Karsten Tail, the organization is going to consider the issue of assigning an international four-digit code to the airport of Babushera only upon request of the air authorities of Georgia.
"We had no negotiations with the ICAO representatives and no one addressed us", - Eshba said, while answering the question about the possible contacts with ICAO.
"I would not like to touch upon any political subjects; being the civil aviation officers, we are busy with our direct responsibilities, that is, solving of the problems of the airport and ensuring the flights safety. The more so, as the airport of Sukhum is going to get a chance to revive the civil aviation in Abkhazia due to the Russian colleagues", - the agency's interlocutor said.