Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza

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Tirana International Airport
Mother Teresa

Aeroporti Ndërkombëtar i Tiranës
Nënë Tereza
Tirana International Airport Logo.svg
Terminal jashte.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner Tirana International Airport SHPK[1]
Operator Tirana International Airport SHPK (Part of Hochtief Airport) [1]
Serves Tirana, Albania[1]
Location Rinas[1]
Focus city for
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 2,734[1] 8,971[1] Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 1,810,305
Passenger change 13–14 Increase3.02%
Aircraft movements 17,928
Movements change 13–14 Decrease3.02%
Source: Albanian AIP at EUROCONTROL[2] Landings.com[3]

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[2] 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, and it also used to be the main hub of Albanian Airlines, before the company closed.


Early years[edit]

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.[4] 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[edit]

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.[5]


Interior of Tirana Airport Terminal

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 Brussels, Frankfurt, Ljubljana, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Aegean Airlines Seasonal charter: Rhodes
Aegean Airlines
operated by Olympic Air
Air Serbia Belgrade
Air Vallée Bari, Brindisi, Pescara
Alitalia Bari, Bologna, Genoa, Milan–Malpensa, Pisa, Rome–Fiumicino, Turin, Venice-Marco Polo
Austrian Airlines Vienna
operated by Blue Panorama Airlines
Bergamo, Bologna, Genoa, Milan–Malpensa, Pisa, Rome–Fiumicino, Venice-Marco Polo, Verona
operated by Avanti Air
Ancona, Florence, Perugia
British Airways London–Gatwick
Corendon Airlines Seasonal: Antalya
Enter Air Seasonal: Prague
Germanwings Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart[11]
Freebird Airlines Seasonal: Antalya
Jetairfly[12] Brussels Seasonal: Ostend
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa Cityline
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Seasonal: Antalya
Small Planet Airlines Seasonal: London-Gatwick, London-Stansted
operated by Travel Service Airlines
Seasonal: Prague[13]
operated by Travel Service Slovakia
Seasonal: Bratislava, Kosice
SunExpress Seasonal: Antalya
Transavia France Paris–Orly[14]
Travel Service Polska Charter: Katowice
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk
Volotea Verona (begins 17 December 2015)[15]


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.



Traffic by calendar year.
Passengers Change Aircraft operations Change Cargo
(metric tons)
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%
2014 1,810,305 Increase 3.02% 17,928 Decrease 3.02% 2,324 Increase13.53%
Source: Facts and Figures about Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza.[10]


Busiest routes at Tirana International Airport[16]
City Airport(s) Weekly departures
(July–August 2015)
 Italy, Rome Rome-Fiumicino 27 Alitalia, Blu-express
 Turkey, Istanbul Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Istanbul-Atatürk 20 Pegasus Airlines, Turkish Airlines
 Italy, Milan Milan-Malpensa 15 Alitalia, Blu-express
 Austria, Vienna Vienna 16 Austrian Airlines
 Greece, Athens Athens 13 Aegean Airlines

Ground transportation[edit]

Taxi stand at Tirana Airport overlooking Prezë Castle


The airport is linked with motorway SH60 (10 km away) to SH2 Durres -Tirana access road. Taxis and car rental facilities are available at the airport.


Rinas Express airport bus, located outside Arrivals terminal, leaves on the hour every hour (8am to 7pm), to the city centre, and the trip takes around 25 to 30 minutes.


The following companies are the owners of the Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza:[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Wragg, David (November 2009). The World's Top 500 Airports (2nd ed.). Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 7JJ, UK: Haynes Holdings. p. 13. ISBN 978 184425 632 7. 
  2. ^ a b "EAD Basic - Error Page". Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Airport record for Nënë Tereza/Rinas International Airport at Landings.com. Retrieved 1 August 2013
  4. ^ Drustvo za Vazdusni Saobracaj A D – Aeroput (1927–1948) at european airlnes.no
  5. ^ Koha e Re (11 November 2010). "Aeroporti "Nënë Tereza" gati të presë 1.8 milionë pasagjerë". Koha e Re. 
  6. ^ "Tirana International Airport". Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Tirana International Airport". Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "Tirana International Airport". Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  9. ^ Tirana International Airport, Albania – HOCHTIEF.
  10. ^ a b "Facts and Figures about Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza". 
  11. ^ http://info.flightmapper.net/route/YY_TIA_STR
  12. ^ "Jetairfly Flight Plan". Jetairfly. 
  13. ^ "SmartWings Plans New Routes in S15". Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  14. ^ "Transavia ouvre 6 routes en 2015 dont Tirana, Munich et Dublin". Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  15. ^ http://www.tirana-airport.com/d/7/46/125/volotea-airline-launches-new-route-to-albania/
  16. ^ "Tirana International Airport". Retrieved 7 June 2015. 

External links[edit]

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