Flights to and from Kukes International Airport “Zayed, North Wings” in Albania are halted. Two airlines “Air Albania” and the Swiss “Helvetic Airways”, operating from this airport, do not have any scheduled flights.
According to the director of Kukes Airport, Altin Progonati, this is related to the decrease of passengers during this winter period.
He adds that flights will resume in February and will increase two or threefold. Meanwhile with the resumption of flights, Kukes Airport will operate 24/7.
“Scheduled flights have been suspended because airlines are reducing their number of flights during the winter season. The number of passengers is no longer what it used to be during the summer season. This is the main reason for Kukes airport. The second reason is that charter flights are operating from time to time, depending on the requests that charter companies have from their customers,” Progonati told media in Albania.
He says that after February, new destinations will be added.
“We are expecting the increase of passengers, flights and new destinations. We are waiting for the direct connection with London, some destinations in Germany, in addition to the destinations Kukes Airport had last season,” he says.
He denied media reports that the airport is missing its operating license. “The airport has been certified since April 18 when the first flight commenced.
The number of flights at Kukes Airport decreased significantly in mid-September. There was just one flight a week to Istanbul, operated by “Air Albania”. Since opening Kukes International Airport welcomed more than 12,000 passengers.