Pristina International Airport

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Pristina International Airport

Aeroporti Ndërkombëtar i Prishtinës
Internacionalni Aerodrom Priština
Prishtina International Airport "Adem Jashari" Limak Kosovo.jpg
Airport typePublic/Military
OperatorLimak Kosovo International Airport J.S.C.[1]
ServesPristina, Kosovo
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL545 m / 1,789 ft
Coordinates42°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 (2019)
Passengers2,373,698 Increase9.6%
Aircraft movements18,226 Increase8.6%
Sources: Civil Aviation Authority of the Republic of Kosovo[2]

Pristina International Airport "Adem Jashari" (Albanian: Aeroporti Ndërkombëtar i Prishtinës "Adem Jashari"; (IATA: PRN, ICAO: BKPR) is an international airport located 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) south-west of Pristina, Kosovo.[a] The Airport has flights to numerous European destinations.

The airport is the only port of entry for air travelers to Kosovo.[2] It is named in honour of Adem Jashari, the founder of the Kosovo Liberation Army, which fought for the secession of Kosovo from the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia during the 1990s. Pristina International Airport serves as an operating base for Eurowings from Germany and, formerly, Adria Airways from Slovenia.


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[4] Russian troops deployed in Bosnia and Herzegovina then crossed into Kosovo and occupied the airport in Pristina, the capital city of Kosovo.

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.[5]

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.[6]

Due to the ongoing dispute between Serbia and Kosovo, flights to and from Pristina International Airport are impacted by the refusal of ATC in Serbia, namely SMATSA, to allow overflights via Serbian airspace.[7] This ultimately results in flight paths avoiding Serbian territory with flights to Pristina having to enter via Albanian or Macedonian airspace.[8] This dispute can generally add up to 30 minutes to a flight duration and discussions to overcome this dispute have so far failed. Being the only operational airport in the immediate region, any diversions would ultimately have go to either North Macedonia, Albania or Bulgaria, given that the Gjakova Airport is still a closed facility.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Pristina:[9][10]

Air Mediterranean Charter: Basel/Mulhouse, Düsseldorf, Munich, Stuttgart
Seasonal charter: Malmö[11]
Austrian AirlinesVienna
British Airways Seasonal: London–Heathrow[12]
Chair Airlines Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva
easyJet Basel/Mulhouse, Berlin–Brandenburg, Geneva
Edelweiss AirZürich
Eurowings Berlin-Brandenburg, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hamburg, Hannover, Munich, Stuttgart
Norwegian Air Shuttle Oslo–Gardermoen
Seasonal: Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki,[13] Stockholm–Arlanda
Pegasus AirlinesIstanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
SmartLynx AirlinesCharter: Munich, Stuttgart[14]
Scandinavian AirlinesSeasonal: Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Swiss International Air LinesGeneva
TUI fly BelgiumBrussels
Turkish AirlinesIstanbul[15]
Wizz AirBasel/Mulhouse, Budapest, Dortmund, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden (begins 16 December 2020),[16] London–Luton, Memmingen, Milan–Malpensa (begins 18 December 2020),[17] Vienna


Check-in hall
Passenger and Flight movements statistics (2004–2019)[18]
Year Passengers Change Flight Departures Change
2004 910,797 9.1% 4,716 13.3%
2005 930,346 Increase2.1% 4,983 Increase5.7%
2006 882,731 Decrease5.1% 4,077 Decrease18.2%
2007 990,259 Increase12.2% 4,316 Increase5.9%
2008 1,130,639 Increase14.2% 4,928 Increase14.2%
2009 1,191,978 Increase5.4% 5,709 Increase15.9%
2010 1,305,532 Increase9.5% 6,143 Increase7.6%
2011 1,422,302 Increase8.9% 6,738 Increase9.7%
2012 1,527,134 Increase7.4% 6,947 Increase3.1%
2013 1,628,678 Increase6.6% 7,305 Increase5.2%
2014 1,404,775 Decrease13.7% 5,994 Decrease17.9%
2015 1,549,198 Increase10.3% 6,773 Increase13.0%
2016 1,744,202 Increase12.6% 7,254 Increase7.1%
2017 1,885,136 Increase8.0% 7,508 Increase3.5%
2018 2,165,749 Increase14.7% 8,388 Increase11.7%
2019 2,373,698 Increase9.6% 18,226 Increase8.6%

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008. Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the 2013 Brussels Agreement. Kosovo is currently recognized as an independent state by 98 out of the 193 United Nations member states. In total, 113 UN member states recognized Kosovo at some point, of which 15 later withdrew their recognition.


  1. ^ "PPP Agreement" (PDF). PPP Unit. p. 1. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Civil Aviation Authority of the Republic of Kosovo" (PDF). Retrieved 20 April 2018.[permanent dead link])
  3. ^ [1] Archived 25 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ [2] Archived 9 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Prishtina airport hits 1 million passengers". New Kosova Report. 12 November 2008. Archived from the original on 21 October 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Focus on Kosovo". The Controller.
  8. ^ "Focus on Kosovo". The Controller.
  9. ^ - Destinations Archived 16 August 2017 at the Wayback Machine retrieved 25 January 2019
  10. ^ "Kosovo bans flights from European markets". 13 March 2020.
  11. ^ "Air Mediterranean to expand Pristina base". 16 June 2020.
  13. ^ Liu, Jim. "Norwegian W19 Short-haul network changes as of 06SEP19". Routesonline. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  14. ^ "SmartLynx Airlines opens Pristina base". 10 August 2020.
  15. ^ "Turkish Airlines March/April 2020 Network update as of 0955GMT 17MAR20". 17 March 2020.
  16. ^ "Wizz Air to launch new Pristina service". 16 October 2020.
  17. ^ "Wizz Air delays new Pristina service". 31 August 2020.
  18. ^ - Statistics retrieved 16 February 2017

External links[edit]

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