Timișoara Traian Vuia International Airport
Timișoara Traian Vuia International Airport
Aeroportul Internațional „Traian Vuia” Timișoara
|Owner||Ministry of Transport|
|Operator||Romanian Civil Aeronautical Authority|
|Location||Ghiroda, Timiș County|
|Opened||February 28, 1964|
|Focus city for|
|Time zone||EET (+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (+3)|
Timișoara Traian Vuia International Airport (IATA: TSR, ICAO: 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. It is the third-busiest 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 is considered a backup airport for Bucharest (OTP), Budapest (BUD) and Belgrade (BEG).
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 aircraft landed there on July 17, 1935. The airport was rebuilt in its current location in the 1960s and became known as Giarmata Airport. The domestic terminal was opened on February 28, 1964.
In the 1980s it was designated as an international airport and was upgraded with a CAT IIIa instrument landing system. The runway was extended from 2,500 to 3,500 metres and terminal buildings for international flights, control tower, the official hall and the administrative building were constructed. The airport was named after aeronautics pioneer Traian Vuia on February 6, 2003. The following year work to expand the international terminal commenced; and in 2006 the aircraft parking facilities were enlarged. These measures were taken to cater to increasing air traffic and the construction of a new parking lot and an access road in the airport. The extension works for the international terminal were completed in 2007. In 2010 work to expand the domestic terminal was completed.
In 2016, the development of airport infrastructure began, in particular the expansion of the terminal. A terminal of domestic arrivals is scheduled to be completed by March 2019. This will expand the area of the existing terminal by 3,000 m². The new terminal will be able to manage simultaneously three passenger flows, and will be provided with seven checkpoints, three luggage transport systems, the customs control area and shops. In the second phase, the existing facade will be expanded and modified. A terminal for external departures is also scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019. The capacity of the terminal will increase by 150% as 10 new boarding gates, 12 check-ins and eight checkpoints will be built, alongside six security checkpoints, shopping facilities and the public catering area. The new terminals will be built in the eastern part of the airport, in the extension of the current Official Salon. The project is estimated at 17 million euros. The road connecting the city with the airport will also be enlarged to four lanes.
There are plans for an Airport City, a complex and innovative concept for Romania, through which will be built, in addition to air, road and rail transport facilities, hotels, restaurants, shops, conference centers and exhibition halls, with public and private funding sources.
Giarmata Airport was home to the Romanian Air Force RoAF 93rd Air Base, founded in 1953. The 93rd Air Base was disbanded in September 2004 with the MiG-21 Lancers and IAR 330 moving to Câmpia Turzii for reassignment to the 71st Air Base. Buildings and land belonging to former 93rd Air Base, totalling 240 hectares, were transferred to Timișoara Airport in 2006. 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.
Airlines and destinations
|Air Bucharest||Seasonal charter: Antalya, Enfidha (begins 25 May 2019)|
|Aegean Airlines||Seasonal charter: Heraklion|
|Blue Air||Seasonal: Bucharest, Constanța|
Seasonal charter: Antalya, Heraklion, Hurghada, Rhodes, Zakynthos
|Corendon Airlines||Seasonal charter: Antalya|
|Eurowings||Stuttgart (begins 3 June 2019)|
|FlyEgypt||Seasonal charter: Sharm El Sheikh (begins 13 June 2019)|
|Freebird Airlines||Seasonal charter: Antalya|
|TAROM||Bucharest, Iași |
Seasonal charter: Antalya, Santorini, Skiathos
|Wizz Air||Barcelona, Bari, Bergamo, Beauvais, Billund (begins 3 July 2019), Bologna, Charleroi, Doncaster/Sheffield (begins 1 July 2019), Dortmund, Hahn, Karlsruhe (begins 3 July 2019), London–Luton, Madrid, Memmingen, Nuremberg (begins 1 July 2019), Rome–Ciampino, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Treviso, Valencia|
|FedEx Express||Liège, Katowice|
|UPS Airlines||Cologne–Bonn, Sofia|
The airport's traffic rose significantly in the past ten years. Although, it experienced e dramatic decrease after the departure of Carpatair, authorities of the airport announced that the negative trend should come to an end by 2015. In 2016 the airport handled 1,160,482 passengers and it is expected that the traffic numbers will reach 1.7 million passengers in 2017.
|Year||Passengers (% change from prior year)||Aircraft movements (% change from prior year)||Cargo (tones, % change from prior year)|
|Bucharest||Henri Coandă International Airport||Ryanair, TAROM|
|Munich||Franz Josef Strauß Airport||Lufthansa|
|Milan||Orio al Serio International Airport||Ryanair, Wizz Air|
|London||Luton Airport||Wizz Air|
|Iași||Iași International Airport||N/A||TAROM|
|Chișinău||Chișinău International Airport||N/A||TAROM|
|Memmingen||Memmingen Airport||N/A||Wizz Air|
|Rome||Rome-Ciampino Airport||Wizz Air|
|Tel Aviv||Tel Aviv - Ben Gurion Airport||N/A||Wizz Air|
|London||56,407||73,856||30.9%||144,132||95.2%||233,144||61.6%||Ryanair, Wizz Air|
|Bergamo||55,096||82,189||49.2%||101,791||23.8%||165,244||62.3%||Ryanair, Wizz Air|
|Brussels–Charleroi||3,960||29,236||738.3%||44,326||51.6%||76,712||73.1%||Ryanair, Wizz Air|
The airport is located 12 km northeast of the center of Timișoara. Access to the airport is on the European route E70, through a roundabout near the village of Ghiroda. To avoid the city crowd, those who come from the northern part of the city have access to the ring road which, also through a roundabout, is connected with the road to the airport.
Taxi cabs are parked in front of the two terminals and accessible to passengers for a 20 lei fee, while several rent-a-car services (Avis, Europcar, Budget, Hertz, etc.) operate within the airport.
The RATT Expres 4 line (E4) connects the terminal to the city center. The bus runs daily from 50 to 50 minutes, with some exceptions during weekend days. Moreover, since September 13, 2012, Expres 4 barat line connects the airport directly with Timișoara Nord railway station, the main station in the city.
|RATT||E4||Bastion||Cartier Aeroport–Ghiroda (DN6)–Piața Badea Cârțan||Every 50 minutes|
|E4 barat||Gara de Nord||Ghiroda (DN6)–Piața Badea Cârțan–Bastion–Piața 700||Depends on flight schedule|
There are plans in the future to build a new railway from the airport terminal itself to the Central Station in the city centre. Currently there is a branch line which runs to the airport but it is only used for cargo trains.
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