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Ernest Airlines is a virtual airline headquartered in Milan and it’s virtual main hub is Tirana, Albania.


Ernest Airlines flies to destinations between Italy and Tirana, Albania: Ancona, Bari, Bergamo, Florence, Perugia, Pescara, Pisa, Rimini, Tirana, Trieste, Milan, Bologna, Cuneo, Verona, Venice, Rome. Fly Ernest offers 35 weekly flights, with a daily service from Ancona – Bari.

One service departs at 07:30 and form Bari, at 08:00 to Tirana, Albania.


Ernest Airlines flights are operated by Mistral Air and is a low-cost carrier serving the Albanian-Italian market. A virtual airline is an airline that has outsourced many business and operational functions as possible, but is able to still maintain effective control over the core business.

Virtual airlines were introduced as major airlines found it extremely competitive against many new carriers on routes that they served. Ernest Airlines began operating on 1st July 2016. 


From January 2017, Fly Ernest started operating A319-100 aircraft. On the 9th November 2016 - Ernest Airlines secured its Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) from the Italian civil aviation authority.


Ernest Airlines' s hub airport is Tirana International Airport Nene Tereza, also known as Rinas International Airport, is currently Albania’s only international airport. It is located in the village of Rinas which is 11 kilometres northwest of Tirana. Services at the airport include airport taxis, bus, car rental, parking.




April 2018

Ernest Airlines to launch Kyiv- Bologna flights from June 2018

Italian low-cost carrier Ernest Airlines intends to commence operations between the Italian city of Bologna and the Ukrainian capital from June 22, 2018. This flight comes along with flights to Milan and Naples from the Sikorsky Kyiv international airport (Zhuliany). Bologna's proximity to the sea was a main factor in this decision, as well as the ease of transport from the Italian city to major tourist destinations. The flights will be serviced on Saturdays and Sundays by Airbus A319 (141 seats) and A320 (180 seats). The fares will start from €49. 


3rd October 2017


Italian low cost Ernest Airlines to launch flights from Kyiv, Lviv to Italy

Ernest Airlines intends to start flying from Kyiv to Naples and Bergamo from Kyiv and to Naples, Venice and Bergamo from Lviv in 2017.

The airline said on its website that Kyiv-Naples flights will be serviced from Dec. 9, Kyiv-Bergamo from Dec. 4, Lviv-Bergamo from Oct. 20, and Lviv-Venice and Lviv-Naples from Dec. 8.

The one-way ticket price starts from 50 euro. The hand luggage of up to 10 kg is included.

Ernest Airlines is a small airline with Albanese roots and a fleet of two A320 and A319 planes. The airline services flights from Tirana (Albania) to several cities of Italy.

Ernest Airlines is Italian airline headquartered in Milan. Its key operation center is located in Tirana. It is the low cost airline.



23rd May 2017


Ernest Airlines announced plans for a resumption of flights in early June

Scheduled passengers flights to the Albanian capital, Tirana, will commence on 1st June with services from Milan Mapensa and Pisa, followed by Venice Marco Polo on 2nd June, Bologna from 7th June and Verone from 22nd June.

Flights to Tirana from Genoa, Rome, Cuneo, Ancona and Rimini are potentails but not availble for booking. 


In April 2017, Ernest Airlines announced it had temporarily suspended all operations as it prepares to transition from being a virtual carrier to using its own Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) and equipment. The Italian carrier recently concluded a charter contract with Mistral Air ahead of the switch. As such, flights from Italy to Tirana, Albania, are currently not available for sale with a statement on Fly Ernest's website stating it will unveil its new Summer 2017 timetable "very soon". Ernest Airlines took delivery of its first aircraft - A319-100 EI-FVG (msn 1362) which is leased from ECAF I.



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