Map of airports in Albania

This is a list of airports in Albania, grouped by type and sorted by location.

Previously, a number of regional airports have been renovated but could not become functional for civil flights because of the 20 year monopoly held by Tirana International Airport's shareholder company over Albanian airspace that started in 2005. Following intensive negotiations to revise the contract terms to open airports for both domestic and external flights earlier, the Albanian government managed to reduce the concession period by 5 years, until 2020. After reaching the agreement with the Albanian Government to end its monopoly on international flights from Albania, Hochtief AirPort sold the operation of TIA to China Everbright Limited.[1] However, in December of 2020 Kastrati group took over the concession of the airport from China Everbright Limited for 71 million euros.[2]

Kukës International Airport opened on 9 July 2021, marking the end of the monopoly on international flights in Albania after 15 years, when the first ever international commercial flight Helvetic Airways Flight 8174 arrived from Zurich Airport.[3]

On 28 November 2021, construction work began to build Albanias third airport, Vlora International Airport. The international tender was won by a consortium made up of Behgjet Pacolli's Mabco Constructions, the Turkish YDA Group and the Kosovar 2A Group Shpk and the contract was signed on 20 April 2021.[4] The airport is expected to welcome its first passengers in summer 2025.[5] There have been environmental concerns however, with the airport being built inside the Vjosa-Narta Protected Area, in contradiction to national laws and international biodiversity protection conventions that Albania has ratified.

In January 2024 the minister of infrastructure of Albania Belinda Balluku said in a press conference that Albanias 4th airport will be built in the existing airfield of Gjirokastër, instead of Sarandë as previously stated in 2022 by prime minister Edi Rama. The reason cited for this was the already existing infrastructure which connects the two cities within 45 minutes. She also noted that the tender procedures for the construction of the new airport are set to open within the first half of 2024.[5]


Name Image Location Airport code(s) Runway Passenger traffic
Operator Built
IATA ICAO total % increase
Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza Rinas
41°24′53″N 19°43′14″E / 41.4147°N 19.7206°E / 41.4147; 19.7206
TIA LATI 2,750 m (9,020 ft) 7,257,634 +40% Tirana International Airport Sh.p.k / Kastrati Group 1957

Kukës International Airport Zayed Shtiqën
42°02′01″N 20°24′57″E / 42.0337°N 20.4158°E / 42.0337; 20.4158
KFZ LAKU 2,198 m (7,211 ft) 22,554 -43% Kukës Municipality / Bami Sh.p.k / Global Technical Mechanics Sh.p.k 2005

Vlora International Airport Novoselë
40°36′26″N 19°25′42″E / 40.6071°N 19.4282°E / 40.6071; 19.4282
LAVL 3,200 m (10,500 ft) Mabetex Group 2021


Domestic airfields

Name Image Location Airport code(s) Runway Built
Gjirokastër Airfield Gjirokastër
40°05′14″N 20°09′11″E / 40.0873°N 20.1531°E / 40.0873; 20.1531
LAGK 1,347 m (4,419 ft) 1929
Korçë Airfield Lumalas
40°38′45″N 20°44′29″E / 40.6457°N 20.7415°E / 40.6457; 20.7415
LAKO 2,278 m (7,474 ft) 1924
Sarandë Airfield Finiq
39°52′43″N 20°2′9″E / 39.87861°N 20.03583°E / 39.87861; 20.03583
Shkodër Airfield Shtoj
42°5′21.7″N 19°30′32.8″E / 42.089361°N 19.509111°E / 42.089361; 19.509111
LASK 424 m (1,391 ft)
Farkë Heliport Farkë
41°18′56″N 19°53′08″E / 41.3155°N 19.8855°E / 41.3155; 19.8855
LAFK 30 m (98 ft)

Military aerodromes

Name Image Location Airport code(s) Runway Built
Kuçovë Aerodrome Kuçovë
40°46′19″N 19°54′07″E / 40.7719°N 19.9019°E / 40.7719; 19.9019
LAKV 2,853 m (9,360 ft) 1952
Gjadër Aerodrome Gjadër
41°53′43″N 19°35′55″E / 41.8952°N 19.5987°E / 41.8952; 19.5987
LAGJ 2,800 m (9,200 ft) 1974

See also


  1. ^ " - Aeroporti i Rinasit kalon 100% tek kompania kineze". Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Albania's Kastrati Group acquires concession for Tirana International Airport - report". SeeNews.
  3. ^ "Helvetic Airlines ulet nga Zürich për herë të parë në Aeroportin Ndërkombëtar të Kukësit" [Helvetic Airlines lands from Zürich for the first time at Kukës International Airport] (in Albanian). Kukës International Airport. 9 July 2021. Archived from the original on 9 July 2021. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  4. ^ "Albania signs 104 million-euro deal to build new airport". The Washington Post. Retrieved 20 April 2021.
  5. ^ a b "Albania changes planned airport location". SeeNews. Retrieved 9 January 2024.