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Flag carrier Air Albania to add third aircraft to fleet by yr-end – PM

Flag carrier Air Albania to add third aircraft to fleet by yr-end – PM Albania’s flag carrier Air Albania, Albania's government/All Rights Reserved

TIRANA (Albania), September 30 (SeeNews) – Albania’s prime minister Edi Rama said flag carrier Air Albania will add a third aircraft to its fleet by the end of the year.

Rama did not disclose further details about the aircraft in a Facebook post on Sunday, but added that Air Albania's Boeing 737-800 will operate flights from the capital Tirana to Italy’s Milan, Rome and Bologna.

As of September 30, Air Albania is conducting flights to the three cities in Italy, according to data on its website.

In April, Air Albania launched flights to Istanbul, serviced with its only other aircraft, an Airbus A319-132.

In February, the infrastructure ministry signed a financial agreement with Turkish Airlines and Albanian company MDN Investment for the establishment of an Albanian flag carrier.

In late 2018, Albania's government approved a partnership agreement with Turkish Airlines, under which state-owned air navigation services provider Albcontrol and local company MDN Investment will hold a stake of 51% in the new company among themselves, while Turkish Airlines will own the remainder.