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Civil Authorities of Albania and Turkey, agreement of cooperation

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TIRANA, Jan 25 /ATA/- The Albanian Civil Aviation Authority and its Turkish counterpart signed on Thursday an agreement of cooperation with the aim of sharing expertise in this area.

During the meeting with Turkish Vice Director General, Haydar Balçin, the Albanian Civil Authority executive director Krislen Keri offered his thanks for the willingness to strengthen and step up cooperation in civil aviation, the construction of Vlora airport in particular and opportunity to set up the joint air line “Air Albania.”

Keri pointed out that thanks to support and importance that Albanian govt. and PM Rama have attached to the aviation, this industry has a bright future ahead that will be reflected on tourism and economy of the country.

For his part, Balçin asserted the willingness of Turkish Civil Aviation to assist with expertise the Albanian Authority in meeting its technical needs.

The Albanian Civil Aviation Authority aims to build up the technical capacity at institutional level through this agreement in order to successfully handle the increased aeronautical activity, particularly in terms of air traffic surveillance, airport surveillance and aviation security oversight.

Another area of co-operation will be the training and education component in civil aviation with Turkey providing this service in about 50 specialized institutions.
At the meeting the Turkish side expressed their will to coordinate the efforts of Albanian authorities for renaissance in civil aviation education, which is not provided in our country ever since the shutdown of Aviation School in Vlora.

Turkish Aviation Authority oversees 57 airports, of which 33 are international airports, 13 airlines and other operators of general aviation.
The aeronautical activity in the country is overseen by a qualified regulatory staff of 270 people.

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