Pristina Airport terminal expansion nears completion


Pristina Airport’s three-million-euro terminal expansion is nearing its completion with the addition of two single-story annexes and a total of four new bus gates. The new facilities are located both on the northern a southern tip of the airport building, with each stretching over an area of 634 square metres. The expanded parts of the building will be used for boarding purposes, with passengers to be bussed to reach aircraft parked at remote stands. Each annex features two gates, a seating area, smoking room, and restrooms. The project is being fully funded by airport operator Limak.




Following the opening of the expanded areas of the terminal, Pristina Airport will have a total of twelve boarding gates, up from the existing eight. Work on the construction of the new facilities have been ongoing for several months. The airport noted its aim is to boost capacity as it heads for another record year. During the January - April period, Pristina Airport welcomed a total of 1.165.859 passengers, representing an increase of 23.4% on last year. It handled an additional 148.060 travellers on 2023, with its goal to welcome well over four million customers this year. The airport says the expansion will ease capacity constraints and provide passengers with a more comfortable travel experience.

The expansion of the terminal building, which was opened in 2013, follows several infrastructure and technology upgrades. In late 2021, Pristina Airport completed work on the extension of its runway, as well as the upgrade of the Instrument Landing System (ILS) and taxiways. The project, valued at over 33 million euros, included the lengthening of the runway from 2.560 metres to 3.050 metres, as well as the upgrade of the ILS from category II to category III, enabling aircraft to land in more adverse weather conditions, including dense fog. Last year, Pristina Airport migrated its entire end-to-end passenger processing solutions to a cloud powered by Amadeus. The move resulted in increased self-service options for travellers, enabling passengers to check in at self-service kiosks, drop their bags at self-service stations, scan their mobile or printed boarding passes using automated solutions, and pass through automated pre-security checkpoints all the way to the boarding gates.


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  1. Anonymous09:01

    What is the current capacity of the terminal (without the expanded parts)?

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    1. Anonymous09:03

      5 million per year

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    2. Anonymous09:06

      Thanks. Good to see they are expanding on time.

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  2. Anonymous09:02

    Nice. Had no idea bout this

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  3. Anonymous09:04

    How many passengers could PRN have this year? 4.3 million?

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    1. Anonymous09:11

      Less than 4mil

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    2. Anonymous09:13

      It will definitely be over 4 million.

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    3. Anonymous10:55

      Don't think so as they had some cuts. Also Bulgaria charters are not that popular from what I heard.

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    4. Anonymous11:37

      They have not had many cuts. The visa liberalisation has increased passenger numbers. I really don't think Bulgaria charters will make much difference.

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    5. Anonymous11:52

      It would have already been 5 million this year, if it wasn't for the mismanagement of PRN who force their own passengers to fly out of SKP, and now TIA as well...

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    6. Anonymous17:29

      Max 4mln

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  4. Anonymous09:08

    Would it not have been better to expand on two levels and just continue in line with existing terminal? It would allow to eventually add another air bridge.

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    1. Anonymous09:11

      It would be significantly more expensive. 3 million is peanuts

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    2. Anonymous09:17

      When they really need extra capacity they can demolish one of the annexes and expand.

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    3. Anonymous10:17

      The plan is, to add another floor ontop, but it will come with the next expansion. The airport is build like that so it can be expanded everywhere. It is just divided into phases.

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    4. Anonymous10:26

      ^ Thanks, good to hear

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  5. Anonymous09:11

    Of course there is a smoking room :D

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  6. Anonymous09:20

    Very nice. No reports about this anywhere.

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    1. Anonymous14:00

      Even airport did not publicize it.

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    2. Anonymous14:01

      Yes, surprising.

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  7. Anonymous09:20

    PRN needs Wizz to open a base.

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    1. Anonymous09:24

      +1

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    2. Anonymous09:46

      Honestly I just wish PRN had more proper airlines and not no name tour operators flying white planes from various dubious AOC owners.

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    3. Anonymous10:56

      Demand and supply, that's what local population wants.

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    4. Anonymous11:00

      Kosovo definitely needs an airline!

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    5. Anonymous11:14

      They have an airline - GP Aviation

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    6. Anonymous14:51

      GP Aviation is private croatian company

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    7. Anonymous14:52

      ^ it's not Croatian. What are you talking about. It's registered in Bulgaria.

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  8. Anonymous09:45

    Good job PRN, especially with the runway expansion too.

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  9. Anonymous10:26

    Very good developments at Pristina. I just hope some more established airlines launch flights.

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  10. Anonymous11:00

    Skopje, your move.

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      SKP Terminal is identical to PRN in terms of capacity.

      SKP first needs to hit the 3mln mark to trigger any contractual clause to expand.

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  11. Anonymous11:15

    This is how it must be done everywhere. Operational stability brings more traffic.

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  12. Anonymous11:16

    Well done

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  13. Anonymous11:36

    Waiting for some new legacy airline to launch flights.

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    1. Anonymous11:37

      Air Baltic launched flights just last month.

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    2. Anonymous11:43

      Those don't seem to be performing too well.

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    3. Anonymous12:15

      PRN will definitely be no. 2 in ex YU after BEG. Maybe they are already there, those charters are still passingERS.

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    4. Anonymous12:19

      It will probably be second this year as Zagreb Airport will overtake. But it will be close.

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    5. Anonymous12:37

      Zagreb is much closer to Central and Western Europe and without borders than Pristina. You have to know that. People in Zagreb are often going with a car in Austria that is 1, 3 hours away or in Germany, Italy, Switzerland. People from Pristina not that much.

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    6. Anonymous14:52

      Pristina will be 3rd airport in region this year behind BEG and ZAG...

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    7. Anonymous22:52

      Pretty good for an airport with no home carrier.

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  14. Anonymous13:26

    The growth was phenomenal this year. Well done.

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    1. Anonymous22:52

      It has been pretty phenomenal for the past couple of year actually.

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  15. Anonymous13:28

    Any pics of the (almost) completed project?

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    1. Anonymous13:52

      https://www.skyscrapercity.com/posts/188544769/

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  16. Anonymous14:01

    Until when does Limak concession last?

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    1. Anonymous14:41

      6 yrs +/-. The 'new' terminal needs an upgrade. It already looks like a warehouse from the inside.

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    2. Anonymous22:52

      They have just 6 years left?

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    3. Anonymous14:07

      @Anon 22:52 yes. Might extend 1 more year due to covid, but not sur about this. so its 6-7 yrs left.

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  17. Anonymous14:08

    Lepo, bravo

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