The Albanian government is working on a project to launch an Albanian airline which is expected to start operating within this year, Prime Minister Edi Rama announced last night.
According to Rama, the project was being developed with the support of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, assisted by Turkish Airlines.
Speaking at the joint press conference with Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee of Turkish Airlines, Ilker Ayci, the Albanian prime minister noted that the new airline would begin a new era of opportunities in Albanian air transport.
He said that service quality of the air transport for Albanian passengers will see a considerable improvement. Further details will be disclosed in the next months.
On his part, Ayci said that a feasibility study on the new airline is underway, and he also talked about the project to open a new airport in the southern coastal city of Vlora and the construction of a tourist airport in the town of Saranda.
Albania has been without a flag carrier since 2011 following the decision of the Albanian Civil Aviation Authority to revoke the license of Albanian Airlines.