Kosovo’s government announced that “Limak – Aeroport de Lyon” has won the concession to run Pristina’s International Airport for the next 20 years.

 

The consortium was in competition with the Turkish-German group “Fraport-ICTAS” and the Bouygues Batiment-Egis-PAIC international consortium.The French and Turkish consortium has offered to pay the Kosovo government an average of 39.42 per cent of the gross incomes in exchange of the operating rights. IC Frapport Havamanli ICTAS came second in the bid with an offer to pay back an average 30.37 per cent of gross income. “Limak – Aeroport de Lyon”, according to the contract will have to invest some 100 million euro, which includes building a new terminal.

Kosovo’s Prime Minister Hashim Thaci said that such investments create the basis of a healthy public infrastructure in Kosovo. “The winning consortium will invest in the airport. Meanwhile Kosovo’s people and passengers will benefit from the new terminal,” Thaci said in the ceremony. “The expanded airport will welcome more travelers who will enjoy better services with international standards,” he added. Pristina’s is the only international airport in Kosovo, with a turnover of 1.2 million passengers per year. Kosovo will retain ownership of the airport.