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
TSR
TSR
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 a operating base for Wizz Air.

Numerous airlines use the Timisoara airport as a backup: Air Serbia, Etihad Airways, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, Wizz Air and the flag carrier Tarom.

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]

  • 1960s – The airport was rebuilt on its current position and became known as Giarmata Airport.[3] The domestic flights terminal was opened in 1964.
  • 1964 – February 28th, the current terminal for internal flights was commissioned.
  • 1980s – It received International Airport status. Traian Vuia International has ILS CAT IIIa status.[4] The extension of the aircrafts landing-take off track was executed, from 2500 to 3500 m and the terminal buildings for international flights, the control tower, the official hall and the administrative building were inaugurated.
  • 1998 – The house for goods storage for cargo and express freight activities was inaugurated.
  • 2003 – The airport found its spiritual identity in the person of the world aeronautics pioneer - Traian Vuia, born in Banat; On May 19th the transit terminal was inaugurated, the airport becoming and air hub, linking important cities in Romania with cities in Italy and Germany.
  • 2004 – November 10th – The extension and the upgrade of the terminal for international flights were inaugurated.
  • 2006 – Extension of the platform for aircraft parking in order to meet the requirement of a continuously increasing traffic and the construction of a new parking lot and an access road in the airport
  • 2007 – Extension works for the international departures terminal were completed.
  • 2009 – L-C runway extension on the East of the aircraft ramp implementation.
  • 2010 – Finalization of Terminal No. 1 (Domestic Flights Terminal Arrivals, future NON-Schengen Terminal)
  • 2012 - Repair works on the runway / landing aircraft.

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, Brussels-Charleori, Dortmund, Frankfurt-Hahn, London-Luton, Madrid, Memmingen, Rome-Fiumicino, Treviso, Valencia

Destination Map

Timișoara Traian Vuia International Airport is located in Europe
Timișoara
Timișoara
Bucharest
Bucharest
Rome
Rome
Beauvais
Beauvais
London
London
Barcelona
Barcelona
Madrid
Madrid
Munich
Munich
Bari
Bari
Bergamo
Bergamo
Treviso
Treviso
Valenica
Valenica
Bologna
Bologna
Brussels
Brussels
Dortmund
Dortmund
Frankfurt
Frankfurt
Memmingen
Memmingen
Antalya
Antalya
Rhodes
Rhodes
Heraklion
Heraklion
Zakynthos
Zakynthos
Skiatos
Skiatos
Map Legend Red pog.svg Scheduled flights Blue pog.svg Charter flights Green pog.svg Future destination

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]

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.

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
Month Passengers[6] Change (2014-2015) Aircraft Movements (Total) Change (2014-2015) Cargo Change (2014-2015)
January - June
427,131
Increase29%
5,547
Increase12.2%
1,137 tonnes
Increase23%


Busiest routes from Timisoara Airport (2014)
City-Airport Passengers Airlines
 Germany, Munich 161,548
Lufthansa
 Romania, Bucharest 154,508
TAROM
 United Kingdom, London 56,407
Wizz Air
 Italy, Milan 55,096
Wizz Air

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 and to the railway station. 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