Kosovo: Pushing off to Prishtina
Despite the fact that a final political status for Kosovo is not yet in sight, travel to the territory appears to be picking up. One low-cost carrier and several other standard airlines now fly to Prishtina, Kosovo‘s capital.
We checked with four competitors to see how much it would cost to fly to Prishtina from various points in Europe during the last week of April, returning the first week of May.
Germanwings has flights ranging from €99 to €139 each way from Hamburg, Stuttgart, and Cologne-Bonn to Prishtina. With taxes (€25 to €35 per journey leg), the Germanwings round-trip fare is between €280 and €295.
We found the Club Air Web site to be completely user-unfriendly. The airline claimed to offer flights to Prishtina on Saturdays, yet we could not find one Saturday in April or May with an available flight.
Air Prishtina offers flights between Prishtina and more cities than any of the other three carriers (namely Stuttgart, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Geneva, Munich, and Zurich). Flight frequency is low, however, and despite advance booking each leg began at €109, sailing up to €340. Verdict: A bit steep for our Cheapo tastes.
The big fare surprise was delivered by British Airways, an airline hardly known as a low-cost carrier. But we found round-trip tickets between London and Prishtina for around €200 Euros, taxes included! This fare makes British Airways the least expensive option to Prishtina.