Ferizaj

Validation date: 06 03 2021
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42°20'47.7"N 21°11'39.0"E

Runway: 34/16 - 450x18m - Asphalt

Ferizaj airfield was an airfield located 36km in the south of Pristina.
The airfield was constructed primarily for the former socialist state-owned agricultural company Agro-Kosova in the late 70s and early 80s. It was one of 18 such airfields, all sharing common features like their runway dimensions, which in most cases have a length of approximately 450 m and width of 18 m.
In 1987, the Yugoslav authorities at the time approved the plan to extend and expand all these airfields, resizing them to 600 meters in length and 21 meters width. This plan also provided infrastructural improvements. This plan was not implemented however.
The airfields were mainly used by Agro-Kosova for aerial agricultural application. These airfields were extended in such a way so as to meet the needs of all regions in Kosovo.
During the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s, the aeronautical sector, especially general aviation, did not develop at all. All existing airfields in Kosovo degraded from the beginning of the 1990s. Even agricultural planes that were owned by the socialist-owned enterprise Agro-Kosova were taken to Serbia during the withdrawal of Serbian regime from Kosovo in 1999.
After the war, the main priority of the international presence in Kosovo, which was responsible for the Kosovo airspace, was the functioning of commercial aviation and operation of Prishtina International Airport, leaving next to no effort on other airfields.

The ground of the airfield in Ferizaj is of solid material, but the runway has some significant damage. In the eastern part of the runway there are two transmission lines. From 200-210th m on the north of the runway, the runway is cut and damaged. Also, from 350th m on the north of the runway there is a concrete structure, which poses another obstacle in runway.
South threshold of the runway is wide with dimensions as follows 10x25 metres. Access to the runway is very easy since it is located alongside transit road Ferizaj-Skopje.


2021 - Aerial view (Google Earth)

This airfield, in its current situation, may become functional with a minimal investment.
Airspace in which the field is located is very suitable for general aviation activities. Also, easy access makes this field very attractive for agricultural application flights, etc.

Information mainly from Civil Aviation Autority of Kosovo

 

(Research by Olivier)