Kosovo’s minister of Infrastructure Arban Abrashi says that an agreement for the Prishtina-Belgrade air connection is in the works with Lufthansa.
According to him, as soon as this finalizes, the air link will launch in record time.
“We are waiting to for the agreement with one of the operators that shows interest in this air connection. Our legal staff is drafting the document. We aim that in record time, Kosovo will have an agreement with Lufthansa. This company will then operate the route and Prishtina will be one of its hubs. This paves the way for the resumption of the air link,” Abrashi says in an interview with Radio Free Europe.
He mentions the infrastructure projects, signed at the White House between Kosovo and Serbia. According to him, their implementation will create a better connection in the Western Balkans region.
As a result of the implementation of the railway, highway and other projects agreed in Washington, many new jobs and opportunities for entrepreneurs will come.
The US International Corporation for Financial Development will fund the Peace Highway, the Pristina-Merdare Railroad and the Nis-Pristina Railroad.
Prishtina-Belgrade air link
In January 2020, Serbia, Kosovo, the U.S. and Lufthansa signed at the US Embassy in Berlin, a historic agreement. It envisages the establishment of the air link between Prishtina and Belgrade, the respective capital cities of Kosovo and Serbia.
The 25-minute flight will be operated by Lufthansa’s budget carrier, Eurowings, which has a base in Prishtina International Airport. The flights could begin as soon as further regulatory hurdles have been removed by both countries. And as the infrastructure minister of Kosovo Arban Abrashi now says, they will begin in record time.
Currently, it takes more than five hours to travel from Belgrade to Prishtina. JAT Yugoslav Airlines was the last to operate scheduled flights between the two cities back in 1999.