The small Balkan state of Albania seems on the verge of opening a new national airline. The impoverished country has not had a flag carrier since 2011, when Albanian Airlines ceased operations. At the time, it had a fleet of four BAe 146 regional jets. Albania’s only other significant airline, privately owned Belle Air, collapsed in 2013. Under the title “Coming soon,” the Facebook page of Albania’s current prime minister, Edi Rama, has in recent days carried a ...

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