Sunday, April 5, 2009

Overnight flights begin at Priština

Now open 24 hours a day
From April 1, 2009 Priština International Airport has opened its doors to passengers, airlines and aircraft 24 hours a day and 7 days a week ending its midnight time closures. The airport handled its first scheduled passenger flight to land after midnight on April 2. This decision was made by the management of Priština Airport following requests by airlines which wish to land at the airport during night time. Technical and financial analysis showed that allowing the airport to be open 24 hours would be beneficial for profits. This initiative was also conditioned upon a close cooperation with state agencies like Kosovo Police and Customs Services as well as the Kosovo Civil Aviation Authority.

Priština Airport management considers this decision as one of the most important ones it has taken in the past years, marking a huge step for the company in the field of civil aviation development. So far Priština Airport’s working hours were from 6.00 until 22.00. The first overnight flight arrived at 1.00. It was Adria Airways’ flight from the Slovenian capital Ljubljana. Adria has confirmed that it will have seven flights a week landing an hour behind midnight. Another four overnight flights have also been confirmed by Croatia Airlines. “There is sufficient interest by the airlines for overnight flights. So far two companies have confirmed flights on this schedule but during the summer season we expect increased requests. Another company which is expected to start overnight flights is Swiss International Airlines", Agron Mustafa the Managing Director of Priština Airport said. According to him the launch of overnight flights has opened new perspectives for foreign investments in Kosovo. The overnight flights will be beneficial for European carriers wishing to attract many transit passengers from Priština continuing to the United States and Canada.

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