Pristina International Airport

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Pristina International Airport
"Adem Jashari"

Aeroporti Ndërkombëtar i Prishtinës
"Adem Jashari"

Međunarodni Aerodrom Priština
Adem Jašari
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Airport type Public/Military
Operator Prishtina International Airport J.S.C.
Serves Pristina, Kosovo
Location Slatina
Hub for

Kosova Airlines

Adria Airways
Elevation AMSL 545 m / 1,789 ft
Coordinates 42°34′22″N 021°02′09″E / 42.57278°N 21.03583°E / 42.57278; 21.03583Coordinates: 42°34′22″N 021°02′09″E / 42.57278°N 21.03583°E / 42.57278; 21.03583
PRN is located in Kosovo
Location of airport in Kosovo
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17/35 2,501 8,210 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 1,628,678
Passenger change 12–13 Increase6.6%
Aircraft movements 7,305
Movements change 12–13 Increase5.15%
Sources: Civil Aviation Authority of the Republic of Kosovo[1]

Pristina International Airport (officially known as Pristina International Airport Adem Jashari) (IATA: PRNICAO: BKPR)[a] is an international airport located 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) southwest of Pristina, Kosovo.[2][3] It handles over 1.6 million passengers per year.[1] 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 leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army.


Pristina Airport was officially opened in 1965 by the Yugoslav government.

Pristina Airport was set up in the 1970s to be used for military use, while it was opened for flights to Belgrade in the 1990s. In 1985, Information Technology Unit was equipped with the technology according to ICAO standards. During the 1990s, the airport started operating international flights, mainly to and from Switzerland and Germany.

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

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.[4]

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.[5]

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.


Passengers who fly through Pristina International Airport have at their disposal all the services offered at other airports including 'duty free'. The airport also has a restaurant and three bars for coffee and snacks as well as a lounge to passengers flying business class. The airport also provides extensive parking for more than 1,750 vehicles.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Adria Airways Frankfurt, Ljubljana, Munich
Seasonal: Malmö[6]
Charter: Basel/Mulhouse, Düsseldorf,[7][8] Stuttgart[9][10]
Air Bucharest Charter: Basel/Mulhouse, Bucharest, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hannover, Stuttgart[11][12]
Air Méditerranée Seasonal: Jeddah
Air Berlin Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Belair Zürich
Croatia Airlines Zagreb
Denim Air Basel/Mulhouse[11]
easyJet Switzerland Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva
Edelweiss Air Zürich
Freebird Airlines Seasonal: Antalya[13]
Germania London-Gatwick[14]
Charter: Bergamo[15]
Germanwings Berlin-Tegel, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Hannover, Stuttgart
Helvetic Airways Zürich
Jetairfly Brussels
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Gothenburg-Landvetter, Oslo-Gardermoen
Onur Air Istanbul
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen
Seasonal: Antalya
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen
Seasonal: Gothenburg-Landvetter, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Swiss International Air Lines Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva
TUIfly Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk

Destinations map[edit]


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Airport traffic from PIA

  Switzerland (34.5%)
  Germany (32.5%)
  Turkey (14.6%)
  Austria (6.2%)
  Italy (4.3%)
  Slovenia (2.4%)
  Denmark (1.5%)
  Belgium (1.5%)
  Sweden (0.8%)
  Croatia (0.7%)
  Other (1.0%)
  Other (0%)
Passenger and Flight movements statistics (2000–2013)
Year Passengers Change Air Movements Change
2000 396,717 2,176
2001 403,408 Increase1.687% 3,902 Increase79.32%
2002 844,098 Increase109.242% 4,171 Increase6.894%
2003 835,036 Decrease1.074% 4,163 Decrease0.192%
2004 910,797 Increase9.073% 4,716 Increase13.284%
2005 930,346 Increase2.146% 4,983 Increase5.662%
2006 882,731 Decrease5.118% 4,077 Decrease18.182%
2007 990,259 Increase12.181% 4,316 Increase5.862%
2008 1,130,639 Increase14.176% 4,928 Increase14.18%
2009 1,191,978 Increase5.425% 5,709 Increase15.848%
2010 1,305,532 Increase9.527% 6,143 Increase7.602%
2011 1,422,302 Increase8.944% 6,738 Increase9.704%
2012 1,527,134 Increase7.371% 6,947 Increase3.102%
2013 1,628,678 Increase6.649% 7,305 Increase5.153%


Incidents and accidents[edit]

Russian medal for participants

From 12 to 26 June 1999 there was a brief but tense stand-off between NATO and the Russian Kosovo Force in which Russian troops occupied the airport. A contingent of 200[17] Russian troops deployed in Bosnia and Herzegovina then crossed into Kosovo and occupied the airport in Pristina, the capital city of Kosovo.

Negotiations were conducted throughout the standoff, during which Russia insisted that its troops would only be answerable to Russian commanders, and that it retain an exclusive zone for its own peacekeepers. NATO refused, predicting that it would lead to the partition of Kosovo into an Albanian south and a Serbian north. Both sides eventually agreed that Russian peacekeepers would deploy throughout Kosovo, but independently of NATO.

After securing an agreement, Pristina Airport was reactivated by 53 Field Squadron (Air Support) Royal Engineers as a military airbase on 15 October 1999, then with 45 employees restarted international air transport to several European cities. During that period, the Russian KFOR along with NATO forces were in charge of security for the airport.


Pristina International Airport

Pristina International Airport "Adem Jashari" is located 18 km south west of Pristina and 3 km south of Slatina and no farther than 80 km from the other cities. Airport buses are available 24 hours a day at two hourly intervals.


a.   ^ Albanian: Aeroporti Ndërkombëtar i Prishtinës "Adem Jashari"; Serbian: Међународни аеродром Адем Јашари / Međunarodni aerodrom Adem Jašari)


  1. ^ a b [1] (Civil Aviation Authority of the Republic of Kosovo)
  2. ^ a b EAD Basic
  3. ^ 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 108 out of 193 United Nations member states.
  4. ^ Pristina International Airport scoops prestigious 'Best Airport 2006 Award'
  5. ^ "Prishtina airport hits 1 million passengers". New Kosova Report. 12 November 2008. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
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  11. ^ a b Pristina Airport route map (July 2014)
  12. ^ Air Bucharest; airplane data
  13. ^ Freebird: Antalya to Prishtina, flight information
  14. ^ "Germania Flight Schedule / 30.12.2014 - 01.11.2015" (PDF). Germania. 
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  17. ^ "Singer James Blunt 'stopped World War 3'". BBC. 14 November 2010. Retrieved 20 March 2014. In an interview with BBC Radio 5Live, to be broadcast later on Sunday, he said: "I was given the direct command to overpower the 200 or so Russians who were there. 

External links[edit]

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