Timișoara Traian Vuia International Airport

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Timișoara Traian Vuia International Airport
Aeroportul Internațional Timișoara Traian Vuia
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IATA: TSRICAO: LRTR
TSR is located in Romania
TSR
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Location of airport in Romania
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Ministry of Transport
Operator Romanian Civil Aviation Authority
Serves Timișoara, Romania
Location Ghiroda, Timiș County
Focus city for Wizz Air
Coordinates 45°48′36″N 21°20′17″E / 45.81000°N 21.33806°E / 45.81000; 21.33806
Website www.aerotim.ro
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 3,500 11,483 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 757,096
Aircraft movements 11,929
Sources: aerotim.ro[1]

Timișoara "Traian Vuia" International (IATA: TSRICAO: LRTR) is an international airport serving Timișoara, Romania. Located in the historical region of Banat, the airport is named in honour of Traian Vuia, a Romanian flight pioneer and a Timiș County native.

Traian Vuia International is the third largest Romanian airport in terms of air traffic, and the main air transportation hub for the western part of Romania and for the Danube–Criș–Mureș–Tisa Euroregion. The airport serves as an operating base for Wizz Air, and as headquarters for Carpatair.

History[edit]

Timișoara's first airport (Timișoara Communal Airport) was built a few kilometers away from the current airport's position, in the village of Moșnița Veche. The first airplane landed there on 17 July 1935.[2] The airport was rebuilt on its current position in the 1960s and became known as Giarmata Airport.[3] The domestic flights terminal was opened in 1964.

In 1980, it received International Airport status. Traian Vuia International has ILS CAT IIIa status and is one of the airports in Romania capable of handling wide-body aircraft.[4]

In 2013, Timișoara Traian Vuia International served 757,096 passengers, a decrease of 27.1% compared to 2012.

Military use[edit]

Giarmata Airport was home to the Romanian Air Force RoAF 93rd Air Base, founded in 1953.[3] The 93rd Air Base was disbanded in August 2004 with the MiG-21 Lancers and IAR-330 moving to Câmpia Turzii for reassignment to 71st Air Base. The air base also operated the MiG-23 Flogger, which was retired in early 2002. Over 30 MiG-23s are in storage at Timișoara Airport.

Nowadays, the military section of the airport is an annex of the 71st Air Base and operates the 714th Transport Helicopter Squadron, with the IAR 330 in service.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger scheduled flights[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Fly Romania
operated by Ten Airways
Bucharest, Verona
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Munich
TAROM Bucharest
Wizz Air Barcelona, Beauvais, Bergamo, Bologna, Charleroi (begins 2 November 2014), Dortmund, Hahn (begins 3 November 2014), London-Luton, Madrid, Memmingen (begins 1 November 2014), Rome-Ciampino, Treviso, Turin (begins 1 November 2014), Valencia

Passenger charter flights[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Seasonal charter: Heraklion, Zakynthos
Air Bucharest Seasonal charter: Antalya, Rhodes
Freebird Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya
Tunisair Seasonal charter: Tunis
Tarom Seasonal charter: Skiathos

Cargo flights[edit]

Airlines Destinations
ABC Air Hungary Budapest
Farnair Hungary Budapest, Vienna, Zagreb
TAROM Cargo Bucharest-Henri Coandă
UPS Airlines
operated by Farnair Switzerland
Cologne/Bonn, Sofia

Statistics[edit]

Year Passengers (total)[1][5][6] Change Aircraft Movements (total)[1][5] Change
2005 316,752 22,787
2006 661,417 Increase 109% 24,816 Increase 8.9%
2007 859,329 Increase 30% 25,326 Increase 2%
2008 886,083 Increase 3.1% 24,520 Decrease 3%
2009 991,737 Increase 11.9% 24,713 Increase 0.8%
2010 1,136,064 Increase 14.5% 25,830 Increase 4.5%
2011 1,202,925 Increase 5.9% 23,151 Decrease 10.3%
2012 1,039,109 Decrease 13,5% 18,727 Decrease 19,1%
2013 757,096 Decrease 27.1% 11,929 Decrease 36.3%

Ground transportation[edit]

The airport is located 12 km to the north-east of Timișoara. The RATT Express 4 line (E4) connects the terminal to Timișoara city centre. Access to the airport is possible from the road DN6 (E70), through a junction near the village of Ghiroda. Taxis and car rental agencies are available.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Timişoara International Airport at Wikimedia Commons