Iceland has acquired the rights to manage Kosovo’s lower airspace, according to a press release from NATO’s peacekeeping mission in Kosovo (KFOR). Arnór Sigurjónsson, Director General of the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and General Michele Risi, KFOR commander, signed the framework agreement last Friday.
“Iceland will contribute to the KFOR mission through the provision of assistance in efforts to normalise the lower airspace over Kosovo,” the NATO statement reads. Kosovo’s lower airspace has been closed to civil air traffic except for flights to and from Pristina, its capital.
“The finalisation of this agreement is an important step in the process to establish all of the necessary conditions for the opening of new routes in the lower airspace of Kosovo, in a safely [sic] and orderly manner,” the statement continues. “It will also contribute to the ongoing efforts to promote the normalisation of relations between Belgrade and Pristina, within the framework of the EU sponsored dialogue.”