Priština International Airport
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: Међународни аеродром Приштина, Međunarodni aerodrom Priština) is an international airport
International airport
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 located 15 km (9.3 mi) southwest of Pristina
Pristina, also spelled Prishtina and Priština is the capital and largest city of Kosovo. It is the administrative centre of the homonymous municipality and district....

, Kosovo
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. It is an international airport that handles over a million passengers per year, co-located with Slatina Air Base
Slatina Air Base
Slatina Air Base , located at Pristina International Airport, contained the second largest military underground hangar complex in former Yugoslavia. The largest one was at Željava Airport near Bihać...

. It is under the authority of the Government of Kosovo
Government of Kosovo
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 and is the only port of entry for air travellers to Kosovo. Pristina International Airport is a secondary hub for Belle Air
Belle Air
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 of Albania
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 and Adria Airways
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 of Slovenia
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. The airport is named after Adem Jashari
Adem Jashari
Adem Jashari was born in Prekaz, in the Drenica region of Kosovo, . He is considered to be one of the chief architects of the Kosovo Liberation Army, along with Zahir Pajaziti...

, a former leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army
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Pristina Airport was officially opened in 1965. It was initially opened for domestic flights only - to and from Belgrade
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During the 1990s the airport started operating international flights, mainly to and from Switzerland
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 and Germany
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Following the Kosovo War
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, from 12 to 26 June 1999 there was a brief but tense standoff
Incident at Pristina
The Incident at Pristina was a confrontation between the NATO forces and Russian forces over the Pristina International Airport in the aftermath of the Kosovo War...

 between NATO and the Russia
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n Kosovo Force  in which Russian troops occupied the airport.

Gen. Wesley Clark
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 had ordered the NATO troops to seize control of the airport but it is claimed Gen. Sir Mike Jackson
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 backed the decision of Capt. James Blount (now better known as singer James Blunt
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) to disobey this order for fear of "starting World War III".

After securing an agreement by which Russian forces would be integrated into peacekeeping
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 duties, independent of NATO, Pristina Airport was reactivated by 53 Field Squadron (Air Support) Royal Engineers as a military airport on 15 October 1999 and then started to operate international air transport to several European cities. During that period of time the Russian KFOR along with other NATO forces were in charge for security of the airport. Airport Pristina initially began its operations with 45 employees.

The apron
Airport ramp
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 and the passenger terminal
Airport terminal
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 were renovated and expanded in 2002 and again in 2009.

The airport's official website promotes itself as Prishtina International Airport, which reflects the name of its operator, Prishtina International Airport J.S.C.


In June 2006, Pristina International Airport was awarded the Best Airport 2006 Award, an honour presented by Airports Council International
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 (ACI). Winning airports were selected for excellence and achievement across a range of disciplines including airport development, operations, facilities, security and safety, and customer service.


On 12 November 2008, Pristina International Airport received for the first time in its history the annual one-millionth passenger (excluding military). A special ceremony was held at the airport where the one-millionth passenger received a free return ticket to a destination of his choice served by the airport. The passenger was on board Germanwings flight 4U 2946 arriving from Stuttgart, Germany.


The airport was privatised; in May 2010, Limak-Aeroport de Lyon was awarded a 20-year contract to operate the airport. Passenger volumes grew further; 1.3 million passengers are estimated to use the airport in 2010.The new terminal is expected to be built by the end of 2012.

Airlines and destinations

Scheduled airlines

The following airlines operate scheduled flights at Pristina International Airport (as of November 2011).

Charter airlines

The following airlines operate charter flights at Pristina International Airport (as of July 2011)

Cargo airlines

External links

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