Pristina Airport’s new terminal opens its doors in a week
Pristina Airport is putting the finishing touches onto its brand new multi million euro terminal building which is set to open its doors next Wednesday, October 23. 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. Haldun Kokturk, Chief Commercial Officer of the airport’s Turk-French operator Limak - Aéroports de Lyon, says the project has been completed within a very short period of time of only two years.
Pristina Airport is currently the former Yugoslavia’s third busiest airport behind only Belgrade and Zagreb. Its new terminal building will become the second largest in the EX-YU region, behind only Belgrade but ahead of Skopje’s three year old terminal as well as Dubrovnik and Ljubljana. The Kosovo Civil Aviation Authority says the new terminal, coupled with the airport’s rapid passenger growth, will become a regional leader. In September alone, Pristina handled 140.005 passengers. In the first nine months of the year the airport has welcomed 1.315.689 passengers through its doors.
The Turkish, French and German consortium, headed by Limak and Aéroports de Lyon, became the airport’s operators in 2010. Under the agreement, the consortium has offered to pay the Kosovo government an average of 39.4% of its gross income in exchange for operating rights until 2030. Under the agreement, the new operators were obliged to construct a brand new passenger building which they have delivered.
You can view some exclusive images of the new terminal building below. Please click to enlarge.