Pristina’s terminal nears completion as passenger numbers continue to grow
Despite the construction of Pristina Airport’s new multi million euro terminal running late, the building is expected to open its doors to the public at the start of the 2013/14 winter season. The airport’s operator, Limak and Aéroports de Lyon, say construction work has been gaining momentum in the lead up to the terminal’s opening with technology now being installed for the handling of passengers upon arrival and departure. The airport has also invested into new aircraft handling equipment and the construction of a brand new control tower. The Kosovo Civil Aviation Authority says Pristina Airport will have the most modern terminal in the Balkans which will be fitted with the latest technology.
Besides the construction of the 45.000 square metre terminal building, the 130 million euro project includes three air bridges, new aprons, control tower and a car park with the capacity to handle 1.750 vehicles. The airport’s operator says the new terminal building features a significant amount of commercial space both prior to and proceeding passport control, adding that the structure was designed in such as way “to enable rapid traffic flow”. It concludes that the new terminal, coupled with the airport’s rapid passenger growth, will become a regional leader. Pristina Airport is currently the former Yugoslavia’s third busiest airport behind only Belgrade and Zagreb.
Meanwhile, the airport recorded another month of strong growth by handling 221.196 travellers in August, an impressive increase of 11.8%. During the first eight months of the year, Pristina handled 1.175.684 passengers. Zurich, Dusseldorf and Munich are the airport’s busiest routes so far this year, followed by Istanbul and Stuttgart. Belle Air Europe has proved the busiest airline operating out of Pristina, followed by Germanwings, Darwin Airline, Adria Airways in fourth position and Turkish Airlines.