Pristina International Airport
|Pristina International Airport
Aeroporti Ndërkombëtar i Prishtinës "Adem Jashari"
Међународни Аеродром Приштина Адем Јашари
|IATA: PRN – ICAO: BKPR
|Operator||Prishtina International Airport J.S.C.|
|Hub for||Adria Airways|
|Elevation AMSL||545 m / 1,789 ft|
|Passenger change 11-12||7.3%|
|Movements change 11-12||3.1%|
|Sources: Civil Aviation Authority of the Republic of Kosovo
Kosovo AIP at EUROCONTROL
Pristina International Airport Adem Jashari (IATA: PRN, ICAO: BKPR) (Albanian: Aeroporti Ndërkombëtar i Prishtinës "Adem Jashari"; Serbian: Међународни аеродром Адем Јашари / Međunarodni aerodrom Adem Jašari) is an international airport located 15 km (9.3 mi) southwest of Pristina, Kosovo. It is an international airport that handles over 1.5 million passengers per year. It is under the authority of the Republic of Kosovo and is the only port of entry for air travelers to Kosovo. Pristina International Airport is a secondary hub for Adria Airways of Slovenia. The airport is named after Adem Jashari, a former leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army.
Pristina Airport was officially opened in 1965 by Socialist Yugoslavia.
Following the Kosovo War, from 12 to 26 June 1999 there was a brief but tense standoff between NATO and the Russian Kosovo Force in which Russian troops occupied the airport.
Gen. Wesley Clark had ordered the NATO troops to seize control of the airport but it is claimed Gen. Sir Mike Jackson backed the decision of Capt. James Blunt (now better known as singer James Blunt) to disobey this order for fear of "starting World War III".
After securing an agreement by which Russian forces would be integrated into peacekeeping 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.
In June 2006, Pristina International Airport was awarded the Best Airport 2006 Award by Airports Council International (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 with Limak Holding-Aeroport de Lyon awarded a 20-year contract to operate the airport. Passenger volumes grew further; 1.3 million passengers used the airport in 2010. A new 42,000 m2 landmark terminal was completed in October 2013 with operations beginning in November 2013.
The airport's official website promotes itself as Prishtina International Airport.
Airlines and destinations
The following airlines operate scheduled and charter flights at Pristina International Airport (as of December 2013).
|Adria Airways||Frankfurt, Ljubljana, Munich, Basel-Mulhouse
operated by Tyrolean Airways
|easyJet Switzerland||Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva|
|Edelweiss Air||Geneva, Zürich|
|Germanwings||Berlin-Tegel, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Hannover, Stuttgart|
|Helvetic Airways||Bern, Zürich|
|Norwegian Air Shuttle||Seasonal: Gothenburg-Landvetter, Oslo-Gardermoen|
|Pegasus Airlines||Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen
Seasonal: Gothenburg-Landvetter, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
-  (Civil Aviation Authority of the Republic of Kosovo)
- EAD Basic
- Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Kosovo. The latter declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. Kosovo's independence has been recognised by 106 out of 193 United Nations member states.
- "Singer James Blunt 'prevented World War III'". BBC News. 14 November 2010.
- Pristina International Airport History
- Pristina International Airport scoops prestigious 'Best Airport 2006 Award'
- Prishtina International Airport hits 1 million passengers (New Kosova Report) (12 November 2008)
- "Adria Airways 2013 Summer Flight Schedule". Adria Airways (adria.si). 2013-03-28. Retrieved 2013-04-10.
- Prishtina International Airport (official website)
- Current weather for LYPR at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for PRN at Aviation Safety Network