Timișoara Traian Vuia International Airport

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Timișoara Traian Vuia
International Airport

Aeroportul Internațional Timișoara
Traian Vuia
Timisoara International Airport.jpg

IATA: TSRICAO: LRTR

TSR is located in Romania
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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 aerotim.ro
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 3,500 11,483 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 736,191
Aircraft movements 10,293
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[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Seasonal charter: Heraklion, Zakynthos
Air Bucharest Seasonal charter: Antalya, Rhodes
Blue Air Seasonal charter: Rhodes, Heraklion
Corendon Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya
Freebird Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Munich
TAROM Bucharest
Seasonal charter: Skiathos
Tunisair Seasonal charter: Tunis
Wizz Air Barcelona, Bari, Beauvais, Bergamo, Bologna, Charleroi, Dortmund, Hahn, London-Luton, Madrid, Memmingen, Rome-Fiumicino, Treviso, Valencia

Cargo[edit]

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

Statistics[edit]

Year Passengers (total)[5] Change Aircraft Movements (total)[5] Change
2005 611.705 22.716
2006 753.934 Increase 23,2% 24.817 Increase 9,2%
2007 836.574 Increase 6,7% 25.379 Increase 2,2%
2008 890.704 Increase 6,4% 24.788 Decrease 2,4%
2009 973.873 Increase 9,3% 24.815 Increase 0.1%
2010 1.138.431 Increase 16,8% 25.807 Increase 3,9%
2011 1.202.925 Increase 5,6% 23,214 Decrease 10,1%
2012 1.039.109 Decrease 13,7% 18,522 Decrease 20,3%
2013 757.096 Decrease 27,2% 11.929 Decrease 35,6%
2014 738,191 Decrease 2,8% 10.293 Decrease 13,8%

2015[edit]

Month Passengers[6] Change (2014-2015)
January - April 270.000 Increase 28%

Ground Transportation & Passenger Facilities[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 are available.

Visitors have access to numerous car rental agencies (Avis, Bavaria, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt),[7] exchange offices and ATM machines. There are two "Snack-Bars", located in the public area, that serve: croissants, sandwiches and beverages. One "duty free" shop and two small self-service bars are after security check area. The airport offers a smoking lounge and VIP lounge. Free Internet is provided in all areas of the airport.

Outside the airport (on the roundabout) sists a faithful reproduction of Traian Vuia's early aircraft - a cross between a bedstead, a bicycle and an insect.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Timişoara International Airport at Wikimedia Commons