Kutaisi University (KU) is a relatively young academic institution with only 19 years of history. It was founded as a private higher educational institution on the basis of Kutaisi State University and later developed into Kutaisi Institute of Law and Economics. In 1992 its status changed due to the scope of the degree programs offered here and the Institute became Kutaisi University of Law and Economics. The newly founded higher educational institution was received enthusiastically by the public mainly due to common respect for its founders –Valerian Kelbakiani and Revaz Laghidze. Very soon afterwards the quality of academic activity at the University, professionalism and dedication of its staff earned the institution universal acknowledgment and regard. At the time Kutaisi University produced highly-qualified specialists in the following areas: law, finances and credit, economics and management of production, international economic relations, regional economics and management, office management, information technologies and foreign language.
The new Kutaisi ‘King David the Builder’ International Airport – which serves domestic and international flights for use by tourists, national politicians and international diplomats – incorporates both Georgia’s historic landscape and its architecture. The architecture of the terminal refers to a pavilion; a gateway, in which a clear structural layout creates an all-encompassing and protective volume. The volume is structured around a central exterior space which is used for departing passengers. The transparent space around this central point is designed to ensure that flows of passengers are smooth and that departure and arrival flows do not coincide. Both the exterior corner detail and the so called ‘umbrella’ structure within the terminal building – which operates as a roundabout for passenger flows – operate as the two main architectural details around which all of the airport functions are organised.
UNStudio’s design comprises the full airport development, including a revision of the runway, the master plan for the landscape and planned future development thereof, the terminal building, offices, a meteorological station and the air traffic control tower.
The 55m high Air Traffic Control Tower and its supporting office/operational building is designed to complement the design of the terminal. The traffic control cabin on the top level forms the focal point of the tower, with a 360 degrees view on the surrounding landscape. A spacious and comfortable interior ensures a workspace for 4-8 operators with optimal concentration. The exterior of the tower is clad with a perforated skin on a concrete core to use wind for ventilation purposes. LED Light in-between the skin and the core enhance the beacon effect of the tower at dusk and dawn by changing colour whenever there is a fluctuation in wind speed.
Wizz Air, the largest low-cost, low-fare airline in Central and Eastern Europe*, congratulated today its 500,000th WIZZ Discount Club Member. The program was launched in March 2011 and was specially created for loyal customers travelling with family and friends. The WIZZ Discount Membership guarantees a 10€ discount on all Wizz Air flights with fares starting from 19.99 €. The club members along with some friends or family on the same booking can enjoy the special discounts.
The lucky 500.000th member, Mihaela Cuciureanu is a Romanian traveler enjoying Wizz Air’s low fares to spend her holidays with her husband in sunny Spain. She will now have more travelling opportunities, since Wizz Air credited her WIZZ account with €500 to be used for future bookings.
Mihaela Cuciureanu, at Bucharest’s Otopeni Airport before boarding the Wizz Air flight to Malaga:”This is such an amazing surprise, especially on my birthday. I have been flying with Wizz Air for so long that every time on board I feel at home. Even though we are on our way to Malaga for our sunny autumn holiday, I have already started thinking about our future Wizz Air destination. There are so many wonderful cities to choose from.”