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Albania's Kukes airport to become operational by autumn - PM

Albania's Kukes airport to become operational by autumn - PM Edi Rama; Source: Regional Anti-Corruption Initiative

TIRANA (Albania), April 6 (SeeNews) – The airport of Kukes, in northeastern Albania, will become operational by autumn 2018 and the first flights will start by the end of the year, Prime Minister Edi Rama has said.

The Kukes airport will mainly offer low-cost flights, Rama said during a video conference with members of Kukes municipal council on Thursday, excerpts of which were streamed live on his Facebook page. 

Rama gave no further details.

Currently, Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa is Albania's only operational airport.

The Albanian government has already started negotiations with a Turkish consortium for the construction of an airport near the southwestern port city of Vlora, an investment estimated at 100 million euro ($123.5 million), following the approval of the project by the parliament in February.

Energy and infrastructure minister Damian Gjiknuri said last month that a feasibility study for construction of a small airport in the southern city of Saranda will be ready by spring 2018.

($ = 0.81580 euro)