Rafic Hariri International Airport

Rafic Hariri International Airport, بيروت

The Rafic Hariri International Airport (BEY) at بيروت is the most important gateway to Lebanon. It is a smaller but well-working airport located 9 kilometres south of the city centre. The airport has just one terminal but three runways and was renovated in 2019 – the old terminal is still standing and looking like a ruin. The airport was named after former prime minister Rafic Hariri after he was assassinated in 2005. It is also the home base of Middle East Airlines (MEA) which is said to be a good airline with well-trained staff.

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İstanbul Havalimanı

İstanbul Havalimanı, Turkey

It is the new, vast and shiny airport of Turkeys capital city: the İstanbul Havalimanı. It replaced the old Atatürk International Airport in April 2019 and has three terminals and four runways. The airport is modern, beautiful and flights often arrive after a nice loop over Karadeniz. Disadvantages are that the airport is very large so that you’ll have to walk very long distances and that it is much further away from the city centre than the old one.

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Шереме́тьево

Sheremetyevo International Airport, Москва́

The Sheremetyevo Alexander S. Pushkin International Airport (Междунаро́дный аэропо́рт Шереме́тьево, SVO) is the largest airport of Москва́ and Russia. It is named after the next small city (Sheremetyevo, which is linked with Russian aristocracy) and the nationally important poet Alexander Pushkin. It handles 40 million passengers every year. Шереме́тьево is the most important gateway to the capital city but also an important hub with many interconnecting flights.

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Aeroporti Ndërkombëtar i Prishtinës Adem Jashari

Aeroporti Ndërkombëtar i Prishtinës Adem Jashari, Prishtinë

The international airport of Prishtinë, Kosovo (airport code PRN) dates back to the year 1965 and is located 15 kilometers south of the city. It is named after Adem Jashari, one of the initiators of the liberation army UÇK. It is one of these smaller and hassle-free airports of the Balkans with short ways to walk and fast check-in, passport control and security check. You’ll find shops, coffee bars and restaurants here like in every good international airport.

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Vilniaus oro uostas (VNO)

Airport, Vilnius

It is the airport with the most unexpected and beautiful entrance building ever: the airport of Vilnius, Lithuania (Vilniaus oro uostas, airport code VNO). The airport is located seven kilometers south of the city center and was built in 1932. It has two runways and transports approximitely 3.7 million passengers every year. VNO is a small airport and you don’t need to arrive too early before your flight – but waiting times for baggage drop-off can be quite long if you arrive at the wrong time.

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Lennart Meri Tallinna Lennujaam (TLL)

Airport, Tallinn

The lennujaam (airport) of Tallinn, Estonia is a fantastic small airport. The people there are relaxed and quite, the terminal building is short, the shops are nice and the waiting areas creative and really inviting. It is only a short way to the tram stop (line 4 stops here and brings you to the city center) and when standing outside the airport you’re still standing directly at the airfield and can watch plains.

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Aeroporti Ndërkombëtar i Tiranës Nënë Tereza (TIA)

Mother Teresa airport, Tirana

The airport of the capital city of Albania is located 17 kilometers outside of Tirana. It is the biggest airport of the region (which doesn’t mean that it is actually big), has one runway and transports nearly 3 million passengers a year. It was built from 1954 on and was always also used by the Albanian Airforce. In 2003 it was renamed in honour of Mother Teresa who’s parents came from Albania and who is a national hero.

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