Georgia, Tbilisi, Aug. 16 / Trend N.Kirtzkhalia /
Georgian Economy and Sustainable Development Minister Vera Kobalia visited the Mestia (Svaneti, mountainous region of Georgia) to review the draft on recovery of airfield, after the implementation of which the facility will be able to receive airplanes and helicopters every day.
Integrated Transport Administration Head Irakli Davitadze and Mestia administration Head Gocha Chelidze also revised the project.
Over 200 local residents will be employed in the process of rehabilitation of the airfield, Kobalia said. After commissioning of the airfield, the number of tourists will significantly increase and this will be an additional incentive for the development of tourism services in Svaneti. In addition, the new airport will facilitate communication of the local population with the rest of Georgia.
"One of our priorities is the development of small businesses. Increasing numbers of tourists in Svaneti first contributes to the development of small-scale farming. We need more hotels, cafes and shops. There will be new jobs in the region, in which will be employed local people," Kobalia said adding that that such a tourist infrastructure will be ready for the future tourist season.
The US-Bulgarian company ATM Project and Solutions, which has extensive experience in the design of airports in regions with complex terrain, together with Georgian specialists is engaged in the design work on the airfield.
Davitadze said despite the difficult weather conditions the airfield place will be able to service flights.
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