New look for Priština AirportAfter some delays, the construction of Priština Airport’s new terminal began earlier this week with a ceremony attended by local officials. The investment is worth 120 million Euros and will see the construction of a new terminal stretching over 42.000 square metres, a new control tower, an apron able to accommodate 9 Boeing 737 jets, 3 air bridges, a car park for 1.750 vehicles, a new access road from the city to the airport and the widening of taxiways. The Turkish company running Priština Airport for the next 20 years, the Limak Group, says that the airport intends to handle 4 million passenger per year over the next 2 decades. The group is upbeat about the airport’s construction pace and believes the project can be completed by June 2012 at the latest, despite earlier statements that construction would take 18 months. The new building will be environmentally friendly and will meet all international and IATA standards.
In 2010, Priština Airport handled 1.305.532 passengers, placing it in the top 5 airports in the former Yugoslavia, passenger wise. The airport is continuing to show passenger growth in 2011 as well. Recently, Lufthasa’s low cost airline, Germanwings, announced its newest service to Priština from Munich. Flights will begin on November 02. Details can be found here. Germanwings already operates flights from Berlin, Hanover and Stuttgart to Priština.