Analysis 12 May 17

Albania Looks to Turkey to Get Carrier Airborne

Aviation experts hope the planned new national carrier - to be launched with Turkish aid - does not crash land as several other airlines did in the past.

Fatjona Mejdini
Tirana International Airport. Photo: BIRN/Ivana Dervishi

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has unveiled an ambitious plan to establish a new national airline within a year with the help of Turkish Airlines – a daring scheme that is raising hopes but also doubts in the country.

With a significantly smaller tourism industry than Balkan neighbours such as Greece, Montenegro and Croatia, Albania is one of the less developed countries in the region when it comes to flying facilities.

The cost of flight tickets to the country also relatively pricey – a situation that many experts and economists blame on irresponsible politics.

Rama unveiled his plan for a new national carrier on Monday, accompanied by Turkish Airlines boss Ilker Ayci.

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