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
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Ministry of Transport
Operator Romanian Civil Aviation Authority
Serves Timișoara, Romania
Location Ghiroda, Timiș County
Focus city for
Coordinates 45°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
Website aerotim.ro
Map
TSR is located in Romania
TSR
TSR
Location of airport in Romania
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 3,500 11,483 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Passengers 924,459 Increase
Aircraft movements 11,661 Increase
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. 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 Ryanair.

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 17 July 1935.[2] The airport was rebuilt in its current location in the 1960s and became known as Giarmata Airport.[3] The domestic terminal was opened in 1964.

In the 1980s it was designated as an international airport and was upgraded with a CAT IIIa instrument landing system.[4] The runway was extended from 2500 to 3500 m 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 in 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.[citation needed]

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.

Facilities[edit]

Visitors have access to numerous car rental agencies (Avis, Bavaria, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt),[5] exchange offices and ATM machines. There are two "snack-bars", located in the public area, that serve: croissants, sandwiches and beverages. Two "duty free" shops and two 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.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Bucharest Seasonal charter: Antalya
Blue Air Cluj-Napoca (begins 1 October 2016), Iași (begins 1 October 2016)
Seasonal charter: Rhodes,[6] Heraklion,[6] Antalya, Bodrum, Zakynthos
Corendon Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya[7]
Freebird Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya[6]
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Munich
Ryanair Bergamo (begins 1 November 2016),[8] Berlin-Schönefeld (begins 4 September 2016), Bucharest (begins 1 September 2016), Charleroi (begins 1 September 2016), Hahn (begins 2 September 2016), London-Stansted (begins 1 September 2016), Weeze (begins 4 September 2016)[9]
TAROM Bucharest
Seasonal charter: Santorini
Wizz Air Barcelona, Bari, Beauvais, Bergamo, Bologna, Charleroi, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Hahn, London-Luton, Madrid, Memmingen, Rome-Ciampino, Treviso, Valencia

Cargo[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Airest Cargo Budapest
Farnair Hungary Budapest, Vienna, Zagreb
TAROM Cargo Bucharest
UPS Airlines
operated by ASL Airlines 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)[10] Change Aircraft Movements (total)[10] Change
2005 611,705 Steady 22,716 Steady
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% 24,768 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 8.2%
2012 1,039,109 Decrease 13.7% 18,522 Decrease 20.3%
2013 757,096 Decrease 27.2% 11,929 Decrease 35.6%
2014 736,191 Decrease 2.8% 10,293 Decrease 13.7%
2015 924,459 Increase 25.6% 11,661 Increase 13.3%
Traffic numbers 2016
Month Passengers Change (2015-2016) Aircraft Movements Change (2015-2016) Cargo (tonnes) Change (2015-2016)
January–July
571,270
7.9% Increase
6,053
10.1% Increase
1,847
62.7% Increase
Top routes from Timișoara International Airport
Destination Weekly Departures
(September 2016)[11]
Airlines
Romania Bucharest - Henri Coandă International Airport
33
Ryanair, TAROM
Germany Munich Airport
21
Lufthansa
United Kingdom London - Stansted Airport, Luton Airport
14
Ryanair, Wizz Air
Italy Bergamo - Orio al Serio Airport
7
Wizz Air
Belgium Brussel-Charleroi
5
Ryanair, Wizz Air
Germany Frankfurt-Hahn
4
Ryanair, Wizz Air
Busiest routes from Timișoara Traian Vuia International Airport
City-Airport Passengers 2014 Passenger 2015 Change Airlines
 Germany, Munich
161,548
173,751
7.6%Increase
Lufthansa
 Romania, Bucharest
154,508
160,867
4.1%Increase
TAROM
 Italy, Bergamo
55,096
82,189
49,2%Increase
Wizz Air
 United Kingdom, London
56,407
73,856
30,9%Increase
Wizz Air

Ground transportation[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.

Trivia[edit]

  • Outside the airport (on the roundabout) sits 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