Flying for Kosovo

El Paso, TX, March 05, 2009 --( An El Paso resident and native Kosovo pilot is planning to fly throughout most of Central and South America, in order to gain recognition for Kosovo’s newfound independence from Serbia, in a trip planned for early March.

James Berisha, 37, of Brestovc, Kosovo, is planning to depart in his single engine plane from El Paso, TX in early March and visit more than 30 countries to rally support for newly independent Kosovo, which officially became an independent country in February of 2008.

An Embassy for Kosovo is scheduled to open in Washington D.C. later this month.

“I want to thank those countries who have already recognized us,” said Berisha while explaining how he “will try to end racial stereotypes” that he says are still the basis for many peoples perception of the country.

The two-to-three week trip is currently being funded out-of-pocket by Berisha who said “it’s tough, and I wish I had more funding” but explained that the overall benefit to Kosovo will far outweigh the expenses.

Berisha, who is an unofficial ambassador for Kosovo, will conclude his trip by landing in Florida.

After the trip Berisha says he plans to go back to Kosovo and start a flight school along with the Executive Officer of Flying for Kosovo Howard West, 21, of El Paso, TX.

Berisha, who currently works as a pilot for Sierra West Airlines, moved from Florida to El Paso in 2004, 7 years after graduating from The Flight Safety Academy in Vero Beach, Florida.

Kosovo announced its independence from Serbia in February of 2008 in conjunction with support from Western nations. Kosovo is currently recognized by 55 of the 192 countries in the United Nations.

More information about Flying for Kosovo can be found on the official website:

Flying for Kosovo
James Berisha