The construction site for building Vlora International Airport is being prepared in Akërni, Vlora. Trucks with Kosovo license plates loaded with containers are parked in the area where the works are expected to kick off. Prime Minister Edi Rama a few days ago announced that the works will start very soon and said that it will be an airport which will bring added value to the country and will have transoceanic flight capacities.
"For a few days at last, after a real ordeal, we will do the same as today, setting up the airport yard towards Vlora. It will be an international airport, it will be an airport which will bring added value as an airport of a high category, among the highest according to European standards, which will offer flights everywhere, as well as transoceanic flight capacity and services which the Albanian civil aviation still does not have and that will be available even at Mother Teresa airport. A port for yachts is again another engine for the country's economy," said Prime Minister Rama.
On April 20, a contract was signed with the winning company for the construction of Vlora Airport, which is expected to be built within the next 4 years and will be the third international airport in the country. The winner for its construction was announced a consortium of companies established in Switzerland, where the majority of 50% shares are owned by Mabetex, the company of businessman Behgjet Pacolli, and 48% by YDA Group, the firm that is builing the Fier Hospital and 2% from 2A group. The winning consortium offered an investment value of 103.9m euros and will operate the airport runway for 35 years. Vlora Airport will also be the base for the Air Albania fleet, while for the first time there will be a special area for aircraft maintenance, a new service required by foreign companies, which will be translated into income and additional jobs for the area.
Vlora International Airport, together with the Llogara Tunnel and the Yacht and Fishermen Port, will be three of the important works that will be built in the coming years in Vlora.