25 May 2010

Commercial flights resume between Georgia - Russia

11:55 am on 25 May 2010

Georgia's main airline has resumed commercial flights to Russia for the first time since a war between the two countries nearly two years ago.

Georgian Airways has arranged for 12 charter flights between Tbilisi and Moscow over the summer months.

The resumption of air travel ends the need for long diversions via Ukraine and Armenia.

Russia severed the link with Georgia in August 2008 after the five-day conflict. Since then, there have only been a handful of trial flights.

In March, a shared land border was opened, but the BBC reports official relations between Georgia and Russia are still awkward. Full diplomatic ties are yet to be restored since the war.