NATO has reopened Kosovo's airspace for civilian air traffic

NATO has reopened Kosovo's airspace for civilian air traffic

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On 3 April 2014, after 15 years of bans, NATO reopened Kosovo's airspace for civilian air traffic. The reopening of Kosovo's upper airspace would not have been possible without the multinational cooperation in the process of NATO-led aviation normalization in the Western Balkans, which includes the Hungarian Government through Hungarocontrol, neighboring states, EUROCONTROL and a number of other partners.

"The reopening of the upper airspace in Kosovo is an example of regional cooperation and an important step for the entire Western Balkans region", said NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

The reopening of the airspace will lead to shorter flight routes in the region, generating significant financial savings for users. Estimates show that about 180.000 of civilian flights will be operated annually over Kosovo. Maybe this is how new routes to Pristina will be opened.

In accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 1244 and the 1999 Military Technical Agreement, Kosovo airspace will remain under NATO / KFOR authority.

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