Country Profile

Republic of Albania
(Republika e Shqipërisë)

Key Facts

Date of Independence:
28 November 1912
Capital City:
Total Area Ranking:
144 of 236 in the World
Population Size Ranking:
139 of 242 in the World

The Country


The Republic of Albania is one of the smallest countries on the Balkan Peninsula. It is situated in the western part of the Balkan Peninsula on the south east coast of the Adriatic Sea, opposite the ‘heel’ of Italy. It borders Montenegro to the north, Serbia to the north-east, Macedonia to the east and Greece to the south. The country is very mountainous, with some peaks reaching over 8000 feet (2,500 metres) high, bordered by a narrow coastal plain containing about half the population. Much of the land is covered by scrub forest, broken-up by a number of rivers running east-west. It occupies a land area of 28,749 km2 (11,100 sq. miles) and has a population of 3,249,000 inhabitants (1997 estimate). Its population comprises 95% Albanians, 3% Greeks and 2% others. 70% of the population are Moslem, 20% Christian Orthodox and 10% Roman Catholic. The capital city is Tiranë.

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National History

Summary Narrative History

Timeline – Key Dates in Albanian History

Further National Information

BBC News Profile: Albania
Yahoo Albania page
wikipedia: Albania
wikipedia: History of Albania


Text to be added on the development of aviation in Albania.


Civil Aircraft Registrations

Albania was originally allocated the registration sequence B-Axxx in 1924, but it is not believed to have been used.
After 1945 the registration prefix ‘ZA-‘ was allocated, but under the new communist regime civil aviation was strictly prohibited. There was no national airline and so all flying was done by the air force. Civil registered aircraft did not appear in Albania until the 1990s and the fall of the communist government. An example is Bell 222 ZA-HOV.

All-time Albania – civil aircraft register (B-Aaaa ZA-aaa)
[Get involved with the Aeroflight Cloud.]

Aircraft Operators

Military Air Arms

Air Force (Albanian Air Force)

Central Government Agencies

None known.

Public Service Aviation

Medical Aviation (Ministry of Health Aviation Unit)
Police Aviation (Interior Ministry)

Commercial Aviation

(No civil aviation permitted until after 1990).
Ada Air
Albanian Airlines

wikipedia: Airlines of Albania
The World’s Airlines: Albania

Private Aviation

To be added.


Aircraft Manufacturers

None at present

Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots

None known.


Civil Airports & Airfields

Rinas-Tiranë Airport
Airports in Albania

Military Air Bases & Airfields

Military Air Bases Listing

On Show

Aviation Museums

The National Armoury Museum at Gjirokastra has a USAF Lockheed T-33A which became lost over the Adriatic in the 1950s and was forced to land in Albania.

Airshow Dates

Key Airshow Dates

More Information

Aviation-Related Magazines

‘Ushtria’ (The Army) is published by the Minstry of Defence for the Albanian armed forces.

Aviation Bibliography

Albania Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Web Links

To be added

Thanks to Andy Cela for updating this information.

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