PRISTINA, October 24 /ATA/ – Kosovo has no power to control its upper air space until 2019, after NATO Council has contracted a Hungarian company to control this area since April last year. This company earns up to € 6 million in a year by the services it provides.
Kosovo authorities only manage lower air space, less than 6.5 kilometers. However, currently there is only one air corridor with Macedonia and next year lower air space is slated to be fully normalized, with several new air corridors, with neighboring countries as Albania, Montenegro and Serbia.
Executive Director of the Kosovo’s Civil Aviation Authority, Driton Gjonbalaj declared to “Kosovapres” agency that Kosovo needs a transitional period for the establishment of all necessary capacities for the provision of services in the upper air space after this five-year period.
According to him, service of air traffic control is in constant cooperation with the Hungarian authorities, and that these services are in compliance with all safety standards.
Gjonbalaj further said that they are closely working with the NATO side, with the idea that lower air space of Kosovo to be fully normalized over the next year with several new air corridors, under the full control of the “Adem Jashari” airport.
Kosovo’s upper air space has been closed to civilian flights in transit since the end of the war in June 1999 to April 3 last year. This has been a no-fly zone for airlines, which normally should fly in this space. /a.g/ /m.k/
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