Kosovo regulator blocks Air Mediterranean

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Charter carrier Air Mediterranean, which was to start introducing new services from Pristina as of last week in order to gradually replace Orange2Fly,has been denied a permit by the Kosovo Civil Aviation Authority. The airline planned to commence flights on behalf of tour operators to Basel, Munich and Stuttgart earlier this week, and later on to Friedrichshafen, Paderborn, Sharm el Sheikh, Malmo and Lyon, but its Boeing 737-400 was denied landing rights mid-air over Macedonia prior to entering Kosovo’s airspace during a positioning flight from Athens. It was forced to divert to Thessaloniki instead. As a result, some passengers who had tickets booked for the abovementioned routes were left stranded at Pristina Airport.

The regulator initially issued the permit yesterday but revoked it just hours later. It has given no official reason for its decision. In a statement, Air Mediterranean said, “With great surprise and disappointment we accepted the revocation of the operating permit in Pristina that we had received only a few hours earlier. We are a European air carrier that seeks to develop passenger air transport to and from Pristina. This operation benefits Kosovo, as well as passengers. Under the agreements in force, we had every right to fly to Pristina and conduct our operations as required. We hope that the Civil Aviation Authority and the Ministry of Infrastructure are aware of the obligations under the European Common Aviation Area Agreement (ECAA) which Kosovo is a signatory to”. It added that if authorities in Kosovo continued to refuse to issue the airline a permit, it would complain to European authorities.

Air Medditeranian diversion during positioning flights

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    1. OLD KOSOVO CORRUPTED GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS and HEAD of CAA against whoom YESTERDAY on 14 FEB 2020 WAS FILLED A CRIMINAL CASE from ECONOMIC CRIME DIVISION IN KOSOVO POLICE

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  2. Maybe because it is Greek air carrier?

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    1. Orange2fly is a greek carrier and has been flying from Pristina for years.

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  3. Maybe they will operate all those flights from Skopje

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    1. Now will be good that AV offer them to place airplane at KVO :-).
      And in that case will have sense new runway

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  4. I wonder who at Pristina Airport they didn't bribe or who wasn't successful in extorting cash from them?

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    1. REMZI EJUPI as always, but this time it will not go thru this

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  5. Wise decision by PRN

    They don't need this unheard, unsafe dodgy "Airline" with Airplanes from the 80's.

    Give these routes to Wizz. Win-win situation!

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    1. Air Mediterranean doesn't operate any aircraft from the 1980s, unlike certain "LEGACY" carrier from exyu, who shall not be named here.

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    2. Well, I didn't make that up.

      According to the ExYu report (link in article above), their plane to be based in PRN is over 30 years old!

      In other words- an unsafe flying piece of metal!

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    3. Last night Air Mediterranean operated MUC-SKP instead of PRN. I assume it was only one time.

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    4. Age of aircraft has nothing to do with their safety.

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  6. Their official website looks very nice and organised. Logo is quite basic but still not bad.
    The plane itself reminds all of us of avioLet.
    I think PRN did this because of W6...they might have plans to open a base.

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    1. But does W6 usually cooperate with travel agencies as Reisebüro Prishtina?

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    2. Wizz isnt affiliated with any Reiseburos in Kosovo and already maintains 6 routes to PRN.

      Whats your obsession with Reiseburos anyway?

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    3. Because the current Orange2fly and the planned Air Medditeranian flights were charters from Reisebüro Prishtina. So I guess they still want to offer charters from Prishtina.

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    4. I think W6 is beginning to have a romance with TIA and PRN. They forgot about the rest of the Balkans and suddenly turned into them.
      Still think PRN is secretly negotiating with Wizz and they base a plane there.

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  7. I saw the AIRCRAFT OF AIR MEDITERRANEAN IN VARIOUS
    AIRPORTS IN EUROPE INCLUDING GERMANY UK AND FRANCE AND SWEDEN
    THE REASON EVERY BODY KNOWS AND UNDERSTANDS
    IT IS COMPITITION AND THE PAYMENTS AS USUAL CORRUPTION

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  8. I suggest to the Management of
    Air Mediterranean to.report this big and serious default of the agreement of the terms between the European Union and Kosovo to the Administrators of both the UN and EU to follow up and to investigate the issue breaking
    The resolutions of UNSC

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  9. After investigating Air Mediterranean safety thru the EASA and the HCAA the records
    Shows never had any incident althu A M flew 10000 hours during the summer of 2018 and 12500 hours during 2019 and never had any problems . All the
    Aircraft had been maintained in accordance with EASA And in
    Reputable MRO

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  10. What are the rights of the stranded passengers?

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  11. There is attempt from EUROKOHA and AIRPRISHTINA tour operators and bribed CAA officials to create monopol and kartel (fixed prices) around them as they fly EUROWINGS, and as EUROWINGS got designed-ed KOSOVO carrier rights and is flying as EU/DE airline between PRN and GVA under that permission. That direct conflict and very stupid because EUROWINGS belongs to same group (LUFTHANSA GROUP) that belongs also SWISS and EDELWEISS that are flying from ZRH and GVA to PRN and AUSTRIAN that is flying from VIE to PRN. Therefore giving LUFTHANSA GROUP another permission to fly from Switzerland to Pristina is just strengthening their monopol and like kartel fixing prices and not another competition which is necessary for PRN airport.

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