Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza
|Tirana International Airport
Aeroporti Ndërkombëtar i Tiranës
|IATA: TIA – ICAO: LATI|
|Operator||Tirana International Airport SHPK (Part of Hochtief Airport)|
|Focus city for|
|Elevation AMSL||108 ft / 33 m|
Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza (Albanian: Aeroporti Ndërkombëtar i Tiranës Nënë Tereza, IATA: TIA, ICAO: 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 of Tirana, in the village of Rinas. In 2001, the airport was named after Mother Teresa. It serves as a focus city for Alitalia, Blue Panorama Airlines and Adria Airways.
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 introduced regular commercial flghts linking Tirana with Belgrade with a landing in Dubrovnik. With the fall of communism in Albania in 1991, and subsequent liberalization of travel restrictions abroad for Albanians, the number of airlines operating at the airport increased.
Development since the 2000s
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.
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. Operations to that city began in April 2014.
However, ticket prices are among the highest in Europe as per the 20 years monopoly over Albanian airspace and limited carrier choices. As a result, low cost carriers are discouraged from entering the Albanian market, while neighboring countries offer competitive prices from both primary and secondary airports.
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.
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. The expansion resulted in an increased number of passengers per annum, estimated at 1.5M passengers for 2009. The number of passengers effectively increased to more than 1.5M in 2010.
Airlines and destinations
|Adria Airways||Brussels (begins 31 March 2015), Frankfurt, Ljubljana, Paris-Charles de Gaulle (begins 31 March 2015)|
operated by Olympic Air
|Air Vallee||Bari, Brindisi|
|Alitalia||Bari, Bologna, Genoa, Milan–Malpensa, Pisa, Rome–Fiumicino, Turin, Venice-Marco Polo|
|Austrian Airlines||Vienna (begins 1 April 2015)|
operated by Tyrolean Airways
|Vienna (ends 31 March 2015)|
operated by Blue Panorama Airlines
|Ancona, Bergamo, Bologna, Genoa, Milan–Malpensa, Pisa, Rome–Fiumicino, Venice-Marco Polo, Verona|
operated by Lufthansa Cityline
|Pegasus Airlines||Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen|
operated by Travel Service Airlines
|Seasonal: Prague (begins 15 June 2015)|
|Transavia.com France||Paris–Orly (begins 2 July 2015)|
|Atlasjet||Seasonal charter: Antalya|
|Enter Air||Charter: Prague|
|Freebird Airlines||Seasonal charter: Antalya|
|Small Planet Airlines||Seasonal charter: London–Gatwick|
|Travel Service Slovakia||Seasonal charter: Bratislava|
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 here.
|Source: Facts and Figures about Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza.|
|Turkey, Istanbul||Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Istanbul-Atatürk||
Rinas Express airport bus, located outside Arrivals terminal, leaves on the hour every hour (8am to 7pm), to the town centre, and the trip takes around 25 to 30 minutes.
The following companies are the owners of the Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza:
- EAD Basic
- Airport record for Nënë Tereza/Rinas International Airport at Landings.com. Retrieved 1 August 2013
- Drustvo za Vazdusni Saobracaj A D – Aeroput (1927–1948) at european airlnes.no
- Koha e Re (11 November 2010). "Aeroporti "Nënë Tereza" gati të presë 1.8 milionë pasagjerë". Koha e Re.
- Kurani, Edison (8 September 2014). "Albania among the countries with the cheapest transport. Maybe because it doesn’t exist?". BalkanEU.com.
- Welcom to Tirana International Airport, Albania
- Welcome to Tirana International Airport, Albania
- Welcome to Tirana International Airport, Albania
- Tirana International Airport, Albania – HOCHTIEF.
- "Facts and Figures about Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza".
- "Jetairfly Flight Plan". Jetairfly.
- Transavia ouvre 6 routes en 2015 dont Tirana, Munich et Dublin
- Owners of Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza
Media related to Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza at Wikimedia Commons
- Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza
- Map of the airport
- Year numbers of airport
- Aerial photo of Rinas Mother Teresa Airport
- Airport record for Nënë Tereza/Rinas International Airport at Landings.com.
- Accident history for TIA at Aviation Safety Network
- Aeronautical chart for LATI at SkyVector
- Current weather for LATI at NOAA/NWS