The air destinations offered by Italian companies dominate the flights to and from the international airport of Tirana.
This situation is the consequence of more than half a million Albanian migrants living and working in Italy; they travel regularly to Albania during the holidays, especially in summer, while visits by family and friends are distributed regularly throughout the year.
The Tirana airport, in total, he managed for the routes Italy-Albania about 2,6 million people in 2017, a growth of 18% compared to 2016.
Thanks to airlines like Alitalia o Blue Panorama, these routes have reached the 57% of the total flights of theRinas airport. Value similar to previous years and which confirms the Italian domination in the Albanian air transport.
Albawings, the only Albanian airline to make flights to and from Italy, has increased its market share to 8%, compared to the 2% of the 2016 alone. The former company BelleAir which many will remember, even touched the 50% share before declaring bankruptcy in the 2013.
The future of Albanian air transport
About 17 airlines have connected in the 2017 Tirana to 31 European destinations, among which Italian cities such as Milan, Rome, Pisa, Verona and Bergamo stand out.
Last year, low-cost airlines have launched direct flights to new European destinations such as Amsterdam and Budapest, with the aim of increasing tourism in the country.
For this reason, the government has also approved the project for the construction of the new one Vlora airport ; the attempt is to give a boost to the local tourist industry in the country and to reduce the current ticket prices, among the highest in the Balkans.
Precisely in relation to prices, in fact, according to the International Monetary Fund, many Albanian citizens travel by bus to the airports of Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro to take advantage of lower fares.
Tirana International Airport, to avoid this problem, stated that it will support "Any initiative aimed at stimulating the economic development of the country, including the creation of airports that allow a more free movement of Albanian citizens".
Air transport has always been the second mode of international transport of Albanian passengers, behind road transport which facilitates communication with neighboring countries such as Montenegro, Greece, Macedonia and Kosovo.
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