Marina–Skenderaj

Validation date: 24 01 2021
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42°42'16.82"N 20°49'21.25"E

Runway: 01-19 - 450x18m - Asphalt

Marina airfield was an airfield located 25km in the north/west 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 12 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.

2021 - Marina airfield, in the current situation, can become operational with a minimal investment. The airspace in which this airfield is located is very suitable for general aviation activities.
There are no physical obstacles that would make it impossible to conduct potential aerial activities. The airfield ground is of solid material, although the asphalt needs to be repaired or re-paved. In the northern part of the runway, approximately 110-150 m, there are some holes in the ground. There are no fences or usurpations around the runway.
There are some lines in the runway that were painted by one of the local driving schools, which use this runway to train student drivers.


View of Marina in 2021 (GoogleEarth)

 

Information mainly from Civil Aviation Autority of Kosovo

(Research by Olivier)