Timișoara Traian Vuia International Airport

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Timișoara Traian Vuia International Airport

Aeroportul Internațional „Traian Vuia” Timișoara
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Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerMinistry of Transport
OperatorRomanian Civil Aeronautical Authority
ServesTimișoara
LocationGhiroda, Timiș County
OpenedFebruary 28, 1964 (1964-02-28)
Focus city for
Time zoneEET (+2)
 • Summer (DST)EEST (+3)
Coordinates45°48′36″N 21°20′17″E / 45.81000°N 21.33806°E / 45.81000; 21.33806Coordinates: 45°48′36″N 21°20′17″E / 45.81000°N 21.33806°E / 45.81000; 21.33806
Map
TSR is located in Romania
TSR
TSR
Airport's location in Romania
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
11/29 11,483 3,500 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passengers1,517,309 Decrease
Aircraft movements17,224 Decrease
Freight5,939 t. Increase
Source: aerotim.ro[1]

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).

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 aircraft landed there on July 17, 1935.[2] 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.[2]

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.[2] The airport was named after aeronautics pioneer Traian Vuia on February 6, 2003.[2] 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.[2] In 2010 work to expand the domestic terminal was completed.[2]

Business Class Lounge at Timișoara International Airport

In 2017, Timișoara International Airport became first Romanian airport to be certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency.[3]

Future developments[edit]

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.[4] 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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] The road connecting the city with the airport will also be enlarged to four lanes.[6]

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.[7]

Military use[edit]

Giarmata Airport was home to the Romanian Air Force RoAF 93rd Air Base, founded in 1953.[8] 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.[9] Buildings and land belonging to former 93rd Air Base, totalling 240 hectares, were transferred to Timișoara Airport in 2006.[10] 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.

Tarmac view
Timișoara International Airport domestic terminal
Timișoara International Airport international terminal

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Air Bucharest Seasonal charter: Antalya, Enfidha (begins 25 May 2019)[11]
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)[11]
Freebird Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Ryanair Bergamo, Bucharest
TAROM Bucharest, Iași
Seasonal charter: Antalya, Santorini, Skiathos
Wizz Air Barcelona, Bari, Bergamo, Beauvais, Billund (begins 3 July 2019),[12] Bologna, Charleroi, Doncaster/Sheffield (begins 1 July 2019),[12] Dortmund, Hahn, Karlsruhe (begins 3 July 2019),[12] London–Luton, Madrid, Memmingen, Nuremberg (begins 1 July 2019),[12] Rome–Ciampino, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Treviso, Valencia

Cargo[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Airest Budapest[13]
DHL Aviation Budapest[14]
FedEx Express Liège,[15] Katowice[15]
Silver Air Cluj-Napoca[16]
UPS Airlines Cologne–Bonn,[17] Sofia[17]

Statistics[edit]

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.[18]

Annual passenger, aircraft and cargo statistics
Year[18] Passengers (% change from prior year) Aircraft movements (% change from prior year) Cargo (tones, % change from prior year)
2006
753,934
24,817
2007
836,574(+11%)
25,379(+2.3%)
2008
890,704(+6.5%)
24,768(−2.4%)
2009
973,873(+9.3%)
24,815(+0.2%)
2010
1,138,431(+16.9%)
25,807(+4.0%)
2011
1,200,762(+5.5%)
23,214(−10.0%)
1,300
2012
1,035,929(−13.7%)
18,522(−20.2%)
2013
757,069(−26.9%)
11,929(−35.6%)
1,600
2014
734,790(−2.9%)
11,143(−6.6%)
1,937(+21.1%)
2015
924,459(+25.8%)
11,661(+4.6%)
2,606(+34.5%)
2016
1,160,482(+25.5%)
14,222(+22.0%)
3,887(+49.2%)
2017
1,621,529(+39.7%)
17,808(+25.3%)
4,586(+17.9%)
2018
1,517,309(-6.4%)
17,224(-3.3%)
5,939(+29.5%)
2018 traffic figures[19]
Month Passengers Change
(2017–18)
Aircraft
movements
Change
(2017–18)
Cargo
(tonnes)
Change
(2017–18)
January 119,275 Increase 5.5% 1,490 Increase 6.7% 458.9 Increase 36.4%
February 117,991 Increase 4.3% 1,342 Increase 0.7% 448.5 Increase 61%
March 127,716 Decrease 1.5% 1,452 Increase 0.3% 556.6 Increase 64.8%
April 115,264 Decrease 11.7% 501.1 Increase 84.4%
May 119,831 Decrease 12.8%
June 130,896 Decrease 6.8%
July 142,139 Decrease 11.7%
August 143,508 Decrease 8.0%
September 139,940 Decrease 7.0%
October 129,309 Decrease 8.2%
November 122,393 Decrease 6.0%
December 109,047 Decrease 11.7%
Total 1,517,309 Decrease 6.4% 17,224 Decrease 3.3% 5,939 Increase 29.5%
Top routes from Timișoara International Airport
Destination Airport Weekly departures
(winter 2015/2016)
Weekly departures
(winter 2018/2019)[20]
Airlines
Romania Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport
26
44
Ryanair, TAROM
Germany Munich Franz Josef Strauß Airport
21
21
Lufthansa
Italy Milan Orio al Serio International Airport
5
10
Ryanair, Wizz Air
United Kingdom London Luton Airport
5
7
Wizz Air
Germany Frankfurt Frankfurt Airport N/A
7
Lufthansa
Romania Iași Iași International Airport N/A
4
TAROM
Moldova Chișinău Chișinău International Airport N/A
3
TAROM
Germany Memmingen Memmingen Airport N/A
3
Wizz Air
Italy Rome Rome-Ciampino Airport
2
3
Wizz Air
Germany Stuttgart Stuttgart Airport N/A
3
TAROM
Israel Tel Aviv Tel Aviv - Ben Gurion Airport N/A
3
Wizz Air
Busiest routes from Timișoara International Airport
Airport Passengers
(2014)
Passengers
(2015)
Change Passengers
(2016)
Change Passengers
(2017)
Change Airlines
Romania Bucharest–Otopeni 154,508 160,867 Increase 4.1% 219,694 Increase 36.6% 357,614 Increase 62.8% Ryanair, TAROM
United Kingdom London 56,407 73,856 Increase 30.9% 144,132 Increase 95.2% 233,144 Increase 61.6% Ryanair, Wizz Air
Germany Munich 161,548 173,751 Increase 7.6% 207,568 Increase 19.5% 212,879 Increase 2.6% Lufthansa
Italy Bergamo 55,096 82,189 Increase 49.2% 101,791 Increase 23.8% 165,244 Increase 62.3% Ryanair, Wizz Air
Belgium Brussels–Charleroi 3,960 29,236 Increase 738.3% 44,326 Increase 51.6% 76,712 Increase 73.1% Ryanair, Wizz Air

Ground transportation[edit]

Access map to Timișoara airport

Car[edit]

The airport is located 12 km northeast of the center of Timișoara.[21] 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.[22]

Bus[edit]

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.[23] Moreover, since September 13, 2012, Expres 4 barat line connects the airport directly with Timișoara Nord railway station, the main station in the city.[24]

Operator Line Destination Route Schedule
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[25]

Private operators organize daily minibus rides connecting the city of Arad and Timișoara airport. There is also, on request, the possibility of transferring, also by minibus, to Serbia.

Rail[edit]

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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nicoleta Trifan (January 17, 2017). "Traficul pe 2016, peste așteptări la Aeroportul Internațional Timișoara". Aerotim (in Romanian).
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Istoric". Aerotim.
  3. ^ Nicoleta Trifan (December 21, 2017). "Aeroportul Internațional Timișoara, la final de an". Aerotim (in Romanian).
  4. ^ a b Roxana Tîrpe-Manasia (December 22, 2016). "Aeroportul Internațional Timișoara în 2016". Aerotim (in Romanian).
  5. ^ Bogdan Marta (December 25, 2017). "Două noi terminale vor fi construite la Aeroportul Internațional Timișoara". TION (in Romanian).
  6. ^ a b Ștefan Both (December 22, 2017). "Cum va arăta din 2019 Aeroportul Internațional Timișoara. 17 milioane de euro investiți pentru două terminale noi". Adevărul (in Romanian).
  7. ^ "Noi oportunități pentru Aeroportul Timișoara: Airport City" (PDF). Aerotim (in Romanian). p. 9.
  8. ^ Otilia Halunga (July 20, 2013). "Timiș: Acrobații cu aeronavele IAR Puma, pe Aerodromul Giarmata, de Ziua Forțelor Aeriene Române". AGERPRES (in Romanian).
  9. ^ "Baza aeriană de la Timișoara va fi desființată". Adevărul (in Romanian). April 20, 2004.
  10. ^ Alina Sabou (April 13, 2006). "Terenurile de la Baza Aeriană Giarmata au revenit Aeroportului Timișoara". HotNews (in Romanian).
  11. ^ a b "Charter programme". kusadasi.ro.
  12. ^ a b c d "WIZZ AIR EXPANDS IN TIMISOARA".
  13. ^ Flightradar24. "ES-LSE - SF34 - Flightradar24". Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  14. ^ Flightradar24. "YL-RAI - AT72 - RAF-Avia - Flightradar24". Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  15. ^ a b Flightradar24. "EI-STN - B734 - Flightradar24". Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  16. ^ Flightradar24. "OK-SLD - Let L-410 Turbolet - Flightradar24". Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  17. ^ a b Flightradar24. "EC-KJA - AT72 - Flightradar24". Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  18. ^ a b "Evoluție trafic". Aerotim (in Romanian).
  19. ^ "Anker-report.com EATS-European Airport Traffic Statistics". The Anker Report.
  20. ^ "Frecvență destinații". aerotim.ro. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  21. ^ "Localizare". Aerotim (in Romanian).
  22. ^ "Transport aerogară". Aerotim (in Romanian).
  23. ^ "Aeroport - Bastion" (PDF). RAT Timișoara (in Romanian).
  24. ^ "Expres 4B" (PDF). RAT Timișoara (in Romanian).
  25. ^ Liliana Iedu (September 11, 2012). "RATT înființează o nouă linie de transport în Timișoara: Expres 4 barat, care leagă Aeroportul de Gara de Nord. Vezi întreg traseul!". Opinia Timișoarei (in Romanian).

External links[edit]

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