Mestia Airport: a small Georgian miracle

Mestia Airport: a small Georgian miracle

In Arab countries, power and business are chasing after size. They want everything that belongs to them in the world: the largest, the most expensive. But size, as you know, is not the main thing. In support of these words, one can cite the airport recently opened in the highland Georgian village of Mestia.
Mestia Airport: a small Georgian miracle

In recent years, Georgia has been transforming right before our eyes. This is especially noticeable in the coastal resort town of Batumi, which is changing its appearance at a rapid pace. We have already talked on our website about the new Batumi aquarium, which looks like several stones laid on top of each other, and about the incredible forms of the border crossing in Sarpi on the border with Turkey, a couple of tens of kilometers from Batumi.
Mestia Airport: a small Georgian miracle

But changes are taking place not only in this city, they have affected the whole country, even the remote mountain village of Mestia. Previously, it could only be reached by an SUV. And therefore, despite the huge tourist potential (original culture, Svan defense towers, untouched nature, mountain slopes), tourists almost never visited Mestia.
But now a new, in the future, very popular mountain resort is being actively built here: hotels are being built, a road through the mountains is being built. And in December, an airport opened in Mestia.
Mestia Airport: a small Georgian miracle

Of course, for that small town you don’t need an airport the size of Charles de Gaulle. Therefore, the size of the opened object is quite modest. But this does not prevent him from looking interesting and original.
Indeed, thanks to the efforts of the German architectural company J. Mayer H. Architects (by the way, they created the project for the border crossing in Sarpi), modern European architecture and the traditional architecture of the Svans (subethnos of the Georgian people) are combined in this small building.
So, for all the high-tech design, the highest element of that airport will seem to have something in common with the Svan towers located a kilometer away from it.
Mestia Airport: a small Georgian miracle

Moreover, this airport was built in just three months, so that already this winter the first tourists appeared in this village (the first hotels and lifts were also launched by December).
Flights from Tbilisi to Mestia on small, single-engine aircraft will be operated by the Canadian air carrier Kenn Borek Air.

Watch the video: The best of Georgia (December 2019).

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