Albania: Air Bases and Military Airfields

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

Military airfields in Albania (12)
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

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Cërrik: Airfield

Elbasan

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CoordinatesN410221 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.

Usage during the Cold War

Reserve airbase?

Use today

Probably closed.

Farka: Heliport

Tirana-Farka, Farke

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CoordinatesN411856 E0195308 (WGS84) Google Maps
Location indicatorLAFK

Location of airfield

6 km east-southeast of Tirana city center.

Usage 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!
CoordinatesN415343 E0193555 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation 23 ft
Location indicatorLAGJ

Location of airfield

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

Usage during the Cold War

Albanian Air Force airbase.

Use today

Closed.

Runways

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

Taxiways, aprons

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!
CoordinatesN400514 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!
CoordinatesN403850 E0204427 (WGS84) Google Maps
Location indicatorLAKO

Location of airfield

4 km northwest of Korçë city center.

Usage 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!
CoordinatesN404621 E0195405 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation 135 ft
Location indicatorLAKV

Location of airfield

4 km south-southwest of Kuçova.

Usage during the Cold War

Albanian Air Force airbase.

Use today

Albanian Air Force airbase.

Runways

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

Taxiways, aprons

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!
CoordinatesN420210 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!
CoordinatesN403625 E0192538 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation 36 ft

Usage during the Cold War

Reserve airfield

Use today

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!
    CoordinatesN420653 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!
      CoordinatesN411958 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.

      Use today

      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!
      CoordinatesN412453 E0194314 (WGS84) Google Maps
      Elevation 126 ft
      Location indicatorLATI

      Location of airfield

      12 km northwest of Tirana city center.

      Usage during the Cold War

      Joint use as airbase and international airport.

      Use today

      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!
      CoordinatesN402832 E0192827 (WGS84) Google Maps
      Elevation 10 ft
      Location indicatorLAVL

      Location of airfield

      Northwest of Vlorë.

      Use today

      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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