Airports in the Balkans shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic

Airports across the region were closed, as a measure to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Tirana International Airport (TIA) suspended all flights except the flight to and from Istanbul, operated by Air Albania on March 23, 2020. The airport however remains open to humanitarian flights, repatriation flights, cargo and all flights that are needed to overcome the coronavirus pandemic.

March 16 was the last day that airlines operated flights to Prishtina Airport in Kosovo. The country’s Prime Minister announced earlier that all flights were cancelled until further notice.

Belgrade’ Airport also has been closed for all commercial flights. The measure announced by the Serbian government affects both Air Serbia and Wizz Air, which have Belgrade as a hub. Humanitarian and cargo flights will operate as normal and the country’s airspace is still open for over flights. Kraljevo’s Morava Airport is also closed.

North Macedonia’s Skopje Airport shut down on March 18, until further notice. “There will be no passenger flights at Skopje International Airport in the coming period, except for state, military, humanitarian, medical, sanitary and cargo flights” TAV Macedonia, airport’s operator said in a press release. Ohrid Airport closed its doors earlier this month.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Dubrovnik Airport was closed until March 28. Other commercial airports in the country remain operational at this point.

Montenegro Airlines suspended all flights until April 1 due to the coronavirus. A number of flights past April 1 were also cancelled, despite plans to resume operations.

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