The airport opened for domestic flights in 1965, and became an international airport in 1999; the airport’s security is handled by NATO. Commercial traffic has risen very consistently since initial renovations and extension of the airport in 2002. In April 2011, the government of Kosovo granted a 20-year operating contract to the Turkish-French consortium made up of LIMAK and Aéroports de Lyon.
Twenty-year PPP (public-private partnership) operating contract won by the Turkish-French consortium: LIMAK and Aéroports de Lyon Management & Services.
The operating contract went into effect on 4 April 2011 with a staff of almost 700 employees at Pristina International Airport, handling all airport functions including runway assistance.
Via its Kosovo-based subsidiary ADLMS PIA, Aéroports de Lyon is the airport operator.
Construction of the new terminal at Pristina International Airport (PIA) began as soon as the operating contract went into effect. Considerable means were deployed, as the PPP contract stipulated technical delivery of the new terminal within 900 days of the operating contract start date. The consortium was granted a 90-day extension in order to resolve the reservations, overseen by an independent inspector of Spanish origin.
The new terminal was inaugurated on 23 October 2013.
Aéroports de Lyon Management & Services and ADLMS PIA took part in the design, construction and coordination of the transfers between the old and new terminals.
- Optimisation of operating and maintenance procedures,
- Air traffic development,
- Gaining ISO 9001, 14001 and 10200 and ICAO certifications,
- Training personnel,
- Increasing expertise in the following areas:
- Bird control
- Runway lighting
- Security & safety
- Safety Management System (SMS)
- Runway assistance
- Information technology
- Baggage handling
LIMAK Construction is responsible for the project management. The project was successfully completed thanks to the means deployed by LIMAK Construction and the choice of equipment.
Most of the airport equipment is from Europe:
- Airbridges: THYSSEN KRUPP (Germany)
- Baggage processing: VANDERLANDE (Holland)
- IT: RESA (France)
The apron was built entirely of concrete – a 44 cm-thick slab that was poured on site using equipment from the United States with a daily output rate of 750 cubic meters. Thanks to this machine, the apron was delivered within a month.