All flights have been suspended due to the strike of the Air Controllers. Rinas Airport has been completely blocked after the Minister of Infrastructure, Belinda Balluku, failed to reach an agreement with the controllers who entered the protest.
Work has been suspended in Rinas and there will be no take-off or landing of planes as there are no employees in the tower to check. This will continue until 10:00 a.m. on April 8th.
The Ambassador of the United States in Tirana has received urgent contacts today with the Ministry of Defense, after the absolute blocking of the activity at the Rinas airport. The reason for making these contacts is related to the potential danger posed by some flights that will be performed by the United States with aircraft and military logistics scheduled for this weekend.
The military logistics and technology that is expected to be deployed this weekend is related to the preparation of one of the most important NATO exercises, DEFENDER - Europe 21.
The exercise will involve the participation of nearly 30,000 troops from 26 countries. 6 thousand troops will pass in Albania and about 20% of the military capacities that will take part in this exercise will be deployed.Training will start after three weeks. But part of the military logistics comes in advance. And some US military aircraft are expected to arrive this weekend.
Currently, Prime Minister Rama is in contact with the American side and it is not excluded that drastic measures will be taken, such as the arrest of a part of the controllers and the transfer of Rinas airport to the control of military aviation experts.