Albania: Air Bases and Military Airfields

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Cold War Airfields, by Bert Kondruss

12 entries
Cërrik: Airfield
Farka: Heliport
Gjadër: Air Base
Gjirokastër: Airfield
Korçë: Air Base
Kuçova: Air Base
Kukës: Airfield
Mifol: Airfield
Shkodër: Airfield
Tirana: Lapraka Airfield
Tirana: Rinas Airport
Vlorë: Airfield

Cërrik: Airfield

Elbasan

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Coordinates: N410221 E0195949 ca. (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation: 351 ft

Location of airfield

Probably northeast of Cërrik. The location is taken from TPC maps. It cannot be clearly identified on Google Earth.

Use during the Cold War

Reserve airbase?

Current use

Probably closed.

Farka: Heliport

Tirana-Farka, Farke

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Coordinates: N411856 E0195308 (WGS84) Google Maps
Location Indicator: LAFK

Location of airfield

6 km east-southeast of Tirana city center.

Use during the Cold War

Military heliport

Airfields in the vicinity

Gjadër: Air Base

Gjader, Lezhë, Lezha, Gramsh

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Coordinates: N415343 E0193555 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation: 23 ft
Location Indicator: LAGJ

Location of airfield

13 km north-northwest of Lezhë, northeast of Gjadër.

Use during the Cold War

Albanian Air Force airbase.

Current use

Closed.

Runways

  • 16/34: 2800 m x 60 m Concrete
  • 17/35: 2200 m x 28 m Concrete Reserve

Taxiways and ramps

At its southern end, runway 17/35 changes into a taxiway, which crosses the river Drin with a bridge. It leads to an underground aircraft storage.

Airfields in the vicinity

Gjirokastër: Airfield

Gjirokastra

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Coordinates: N400514 E0200911 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation: 666 ft

Location of airfield

Northeast of Gjirokastër.

Runways

  • 14/32: 1500 m Grass

Korçë: Air Base

Korce Northwest, Korça

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Coordinates: N403850 E0204427 (WGS84) Google Maps
Location Indicator: LAKO

Location of airfield

4 km northwest of Korçë city center.

Use during the Cold War

Reserve airfield?

Runways

  • 01/19: 2300 m Grass

Kuçova: Air Base

Kuçovë, Kucova, Berat/Kucove

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Coordinates: N404621 E0195405 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation: 135 ft
Location Indicator: LAKV

Location of airfield

4 km south-southwest of Kuçova.

Use during the Cold War

Albanian Air Force airbase.

Current use

Albanian Air Force airbase.

Runways

  • 14/32: 2840 m x 67 m Beton
  • 09/27: 2500 m Reserve
  • 14/32: 1070 m closed

Taxiways and ramps

Runway 09/27 ends in the east at an underground aircraft storage.

Airfields in the vicinity

Kukës: Airfield

Kukes

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Coordinates: N420210 E0202457 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation: 1552 ft

Location of airfield

5 km south-southwest of Kukës.

Runways

  • 01/19: 1500 m Grass

Mifol: Airfield

Akerni, Pish Poro

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Coordinates: N403625 E0192538 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation: 36 ft

Use during the Cold War

Reserve airfield

Current use

Probably closed.

Runways

  • 13/31: 3500 m Grass

Links

    Airfields in the vicinity

    Shkodër: Airfield

    For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
    Coordinates: N420653 E0193230 (WGS84) Google Maps
    Elevation: 98 ft

    Location of airfield

    6 km northeast of Shkodër city center.

    Runways

    • 18/36: 1500 m Grass

    Links

      Airfields in the vicinity

      Tirana: Lapraka Airfield

      For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
      Coordinates: N411958 E0194733 (WGS84) Google Maps
      Elevation: 299 ft

      Location of airfield

      Formerly in front of the northwestern city limits; it seems that the city was extended to this area over the last years.

      Current use

      Closed.

      Runways

      • 12/30: ca. 1100 m

      Airfields in the vicinity

      Tirana: Rinas Airport

      For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
      Coordinates: N412453 E0194314 (WGS84) Google Maps
      Elevation: 126 ft
      Location Indicator: LATI

      Location of airfield

      12 km northwest of Tirana city center.

      Use during the Cold War

      Joint use as airbase and international airport.

      Current use

      Air base and airport.

      Runways

      • 18/36

      Airfields in the vicinity

      Vlorë: Airfield

      For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
      Coordinates: N402832 E0192827 (WGS84) Google Maps
      Elevation: 10 ft
      Location Indicator: LAVL

      Location of airfield

      Northwest of Vlorë.

      Current use

      Closed.

      Airfields in the vicinity

      Unidentified Airfields

      Internet sources mention three more airfields: Island of Sazan, Orishti and Shijak.
      • Island of Sezan: I could not identify any airfield installation on Google Earth. It seems that the topography of the island is generally unsuitable to build an airfield.
      • I cannot find a location named Orishti. Obviously, the other sources have the same problem.
      • In the area of Shijak, I could not identify any airfield. According to a US map from the year (ca.) 1960, there was an airfield southwest of Shijak, between the road Salmanaj-Rreth and the river Erzen, approximately at N4120 E01933. But Google Earth and other satellite pictures back to 1999 do not show appropriate installations or relicts. The internet sources say that this was a MiG base. But the maximum available length here would be 1,5 km (direction ca. 150°/330°), which would be quite short for jet operations.
      Comments and corrections to these airfields are welcome.

      Glossary

      The following terms might help you for your own research on search engines. I'm not an expert for hungarian, so it is without warranty. Corrections and additions are welcome!

      AirbaseBaza ajrore
      AircraftAeroplan
      AircraftAvion
      AirfieldPistën ajrore
      AlbaniaShqipëria

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