The country’s flag carrier Air Albania announced it is resuming regular operations with flights from Tirana to Istanbul on June 22, 2020.
“On June 22 we recommence our regular flights and the first destination is Istanbul! All regular flights will be undertaken based on states bilateral agreements of open borders,” the carrier announced on its Facebook page.
The news was also confirmed by the Tirana International Airport (TIA), which urges passengers to contact the airlines before each travel. It also reminds them to strictly comply with the hygiene protocols, including mandatory face masks, as a precautionary measure to stop the spread of Covid-19.
From March 23, 2020 when all flights were suspended, Air Albania continued its operations only for repatriation and humanitarian flights.
On June 15, flights from Tirana to three European destinations, Vienna, Belgrade and Athens resumed, after three months of disruption due to Covid-19 pandemic. But Albanian nationals aren’t allowed to take any of the flights. According TIA, only residents of the European Union (Albanians living in the Union countries with work/residence permit) and EU nationals are allowed to travel to the destinations mentioned above. Schengen area border remains closed to non-EU citizens.