BMI has cancelled flights to the Georgian capital Tbilisi after the city’s airport was attacked by Russian forces. Georgia and Russia have been at war in the province of South Ossetia, north of Tbilisi, since Friday.

The airport was closed after being bombed by Russian aircraft and all flights in and out have been cancelled.

BMI operates three times a week from Heathrow to Tbilisi, departing London on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and returning on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. It has cancelled all services to and from the city until at least Monday August 18.

The airline said passengers may re-book to Yerevan in neighbouring Armenia or to Baku. Alternatively, customers may retain tickets to Tbilisi, which will remain valid for travel up to four weeks from the original date.

A BMI spokesman said passengers booked on the planned departure from Tbilisi to Heathrow this morning where being transferred to Yerevan or Baku for services to the UK.