Pristina’s new terminal “ready for the world”
Pristina Airport has opened the doors to its brand new terminal building, which has been under construction for the past two years. The opening ceremony, which began at 12.00 CEST, was attended by the Prime Minister of Kosovo Hashim Taçi, The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Albanian PM Edi Rama. Prime Minister Taçi said “Kosovo is becoming a regional hub and a leader in civil aviation. This modern infrastructure, the public private partnership and the investment worth more than 100 million euros will transform Kosovo’s links to the world”. Mr. Erdoğan echoed his counterpart’s words saying, “Kosovo now has the most modern and beautiful airport, built by a Turkish company with the capacity to handle five million passengers”. The ceremony was also attended by senior government officials from both Kosovo and Turkey as well as the Ambassadors of the United States and France to Kosovo.
The new terminal building is significantly more advanced than its predecessor and will use the latest technology available on the market to improve passenger flow and make the traveller's stay more comfortable. In a statement, Pristina Airport said, “Except for the fact that the airport features modern architecture, it will also be one of the most modern airports in the Balkans, equipped with the latest technology on the market. The most impressive part of the terminal is the monument to Adem Jashari at the entrance to the building”. It adds, “We will now make an effort to have a scheduled bus service from the airport to the city. First impressions of a country are made at the airport. Pristina Airport is ready for the world”.
The 130 million euro project, financed by the Turk-French operator Limak and Aéroports de Lyon, includes the construction of the 45.000 square metre terminal building, air bridges, new aprons, control tower and a car park with the capacity to handle 1.750 vehicles. As a result, Pristina becomes the second largest airport in the former Yugoslavia by size and is expected to maintain its position as the third busiest.