The Russian airline Azimuth, which plans to launch direct flights between Russia and Georgia, has removed Abkhazia and South Ossetia from the list of countries posted on its website, Echokavkaza reports.
Abkhazia and South Ossetia were listed as separate countries on the Azimuth website. In particular, customers could choose the self-proclaimed republics when registering on the airline’s website.
Ekhokavkaza writes that Giorgi Mshvenieradze, the head of the non-governmental organization Guardians of Democracy, appealed to the Georgian Government: “Have you checked and issued a permit to the company that names Abkhazia and South Ossetia as separate states on its website?” About two hours after the appeal, Mshvenieradze published a post saying that Azimuth had removed Abkhazia and South Ossetia from the list of countries posted on the site.
Ekhokavkaza writes that Azimuth received permission to fly from Moscow to Tbilisi from May 17.
The airline has already started selling tickets for Moscow-Tbilisi-Moscow flights. The ticket price from Moscow starts from 17,148 Russian rubles (215 US dollars), from Tbilisi – 20,675 rubles (260 US dollars).