Turkish airport operator TAV Airport has begun construction of a new terminal at Tbilisi International Airport in Georgia.

Scheduled for completion by the end of 2017, the new terminal will handle nearly four million passengers travelling to and from Tbilisi Airport annually.

TAV Airports President and CEO Sani Sener said: "Tbilisi Airport has a special meaning to us, as it was TAV’s first investment abroad. We have been operating Tbilisi and Batumi airports since 2005 and 2007, respectively.

"Until now, we have invested over $100m in Georgia. Following the transfer of the operations, we have created a significant synergy. Turkish Airlines increased the number of flights performed to Tbilisi from three to 32 per week.

"Pegasus and AtlasGlobal airlines started to launch flights to Tbilisi. We strive to contribute to carry the historical relationship between the two countries to a further level."

"We have invested over $100m in Georgia."

The facility’s existing runway and taxiways will be renovated, and a new aircraft parking area will be built to accommodate up to five aircraft.

Expected to open from 11 July, the revamped runway will cover a total area of 135,000m2, while the taxiways will span 73,600m2.

TAV owns the right to operate Tbilisi and Batumi airports until 2027.

Image: Tbilisi International Airport in Georgia. Photo: courtesy of Wikipedia.