Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza

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Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa
Aeroporti Ndërkombëtar i Tiranës Nënë Tereza
Tirana airport logo.jpg
Terminal jashte.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator Tirana International Airport SHPK (Part of Hochtief Airport)
Location Rinas, District of Krujë, Durrës County, Albania
Elevation AMSL 108 ft / 33 m
Coordinates 41°24′53″N 019°43′14″E / 41.41472°N 19.72056°E / 41.41472; 19.72056Coordinates: 41°24′53″N 019°43′14″E / 41.41472°N 19.72056°E / 41.41472; 19.72056
Website www.tirana-airport.com
TIA is located in Albania
Location of airport in Albania
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 2,750 9,022 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 1,757,342
Passenger change 12–13 Increase5.5%
Aircraft movements 19,942
Movements change 12–13 Decrease2.9%
Source: Albanian AIP at EUROCONTROL[1] Landings.com[2]

Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza (Albanian: Aeroporti Ndërkombëtar i Tiranës Nënë Tereza, IATA: TIAICAO: LATI) is Albania's only international airport. It is commonly known as Rinas International Airport, as it is located 6 NM (11 km; 6.9 mi) northwest[1] of Tirana, in the village of Rinas. In 2001, the airport was named after Mother Teresa.


Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza was constructed in a period of two years, from 1955 to 1957. However, Tirana had commercial airline services before. As early as 1938, Yugoslav carrier Aeroput comenced regular commercial flghts linking Tirana with Belgrade with a landing in Dubrovnik.[3]

After the fall of communism political and social changes caused an increase in the number of airlines operating at the airport. Its reconstruction, started in 2005 and terminated in 2008, increased the processing capacity of the airport considerably, resulting in its number of passengers per year doubling from 2005 to 2010, when it reached 1.5M. The airport currently has the capacity to process 1.8M passengers per year. It is thought that such capacity will suffice to handle the expected increase given the visa liberalization for the citizens of Albania travelling to the Schengen Area, which started at the end of 2010.[4]

On 10 April 2013 the CEO of Adria Airways, Mark Anžur, said the Slovenian national carrier was likely to open a base in the Albanian capital Tirana. The airline's first destination from its new base was Frankfurt.[5] Operations to that city began in April 2014.


The air traffic equipment and facilities of the airport have been heavily modernised following investments by Tirana International Airport SHPK, a consortium led by Hochtief AirPort. Hochtief assumed management of the airport on 23 April 2005, for a 20-year concession period.[6]

The concession included the construction of a completely new passenger terminal and various infrastructure improvements, among them the construction of a new access road, new parking lots, and a bridge over the old airport access road.[7] The expansion resulted in an increased number of passengers per annum, estimated at 1.5M passengers for 2009.[8][9] The number of passengers effectively increased to more than 1.5M in 2010.[10]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Adria Airways Frankfurt, Ljubljana
Aegean Airlines Athens
Aegean Airlines
operated by Olympic Air
Air One Bologna, Genoa, Milan-Malpensa, Pisa, Venice-Marco Polo, Verona
Air Serbia Belgrade (begins September 2014) [11]
Alitalia Bari, Rome-Fiumicino, Turin
Arkefly Seasonal: Amsterdam
Atlasjet Seasonal: Antalya [12]
Austrian Airlines
operated by Tyrolean Airways
operated by Blue Panorama Airlines
Bergamo, Bologna, Milan-Malpensa, Pisa, Rome-Fiumicino, Venice-Marco Polo, Verona, Ancona
British Airways London-Gatwick
Freebird Airlines Seasonal: Antalya [13]
Germanwings Seasonal: Cologne Airport
Jetairfly Brussels
Livingston Compagnia Aerea Bologna, Cuneo, London-Gatwick,[14] Pisa, Verona
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Meridiana Milan-Malpensa, Verona
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen
Small Planet Airlines Seasonal: London-Gatwick (begins 17 July 2014)
SunExpress Seasonal: Antalya
Travel Service Airlines Seasonal: Bratislava
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk


Tirana International Airport Cargo Department is a leader in Albania for cargo handling, sales, shipping and logistics. Following the opening of the new Cargo Terminal, in April 2007, this Department has constantly demonstrated affordability and maintained its leading position in this industry. The Department offers international standard solutions to all carriers operating at Tirana.


Terminal interior at Tirana Airport
TIA Terminal from the air
Traffic by calendar year.
Passengers Change from previous year Aircraft operations Change from previous year Cargo
(metric tons)
Change from previous year
2005 785,000 Increase20.77% 15,400 N.A. N.A. N.A.
2006 906,103 Increase15.43% 15,856 Increase 2.96% 2,435 N.A.
2007 1,105,770 Increase22.04% 18,258 Increase15.15% 3,832 Increase57.37%
2008 1,267,041 Increase14.58% 19,194 Increase 5.13% 2,497 Decrease34.84%
2009 1,394,688 Increase10.07% 20,064 Increase 4.53% 2,265 Decrease 9.29%
2010 1,536,822 Increase10.19% 20,768 Increase 3.51% 2,355 Increase 3.97%
2011 1,817,073 Increase18.24% 22,988 Increase10.69% 2,656 Increase12.78%
2012 1,665,331 Decrease 8.35% 20,528 Decrease10.70% 1,875 Decrease29.41%
2013 1,757,342 Increase 5.53% 19,942 Decrease 2.85% 2,164 Increase15.41%
Source: Facts and Figures about Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza.[10]
Busiest routes at Tirana International Airport [15]
City Airport(s) Weekly departures
(June 2014)
Rome Rome-Fiumicino
Alitalia, Blu-express, Livingston
Istanbul Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Istanbul-Atatürk
Pegasus Airlines, Turkish Airlines
Milan Milan-Malpensa
Air One, Blu-express, Meridiana
Vienna Vienna
Austrian Airlines
Athens Athens
Aegean Airlines


The following companies are the owners of the Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza:[16]


External links[edit]

Media related to Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza at Wikimedia Commons