Express - Alice Scarsi

17 March 2024

[Albania] could soon welcome many more holidaymakers as it is preparing to launch its third international airport, set to serve one of the most beautiful cities on the Albanian Riviera.

The creation of the Vlora International Airport will surely provide yet another reason for tourists to travel to this riviera, as it will slash the travel time from the air hub to the coast.

Plans for the Vlora International Airport were first announced by the Albanian government in May 2017. Four years later, Mabetex International - a group specialising in large-scale civil engineering - said it was planning to invest more than £88million (€103.5m) for the first phase of the construction of the airport, including a runway and terminal. 

In the summer of 2023, it was reported the airport would be ready for launch by April 2024, but the opening was seemingly pushed back to March 2025, while the infrastructure is reportedly to be completed by December this year. 

[Read more: The European city getting new £88m airport as Albania gets more popular with tourists | World | News |]