Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza (IATA: TIA, ICAO: LATI) (Albanian: Aeroporti Ndërkombëtar i Tiranës Nënë Tereza) 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 of Tirana, in the village of Rinas. In 2001, the airport was named after Mother Teresa.
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 comenced regular commercial flghts linking Tirana with Belgrade with a landing in Dubrovnik.
After the fall of communism political and social changes caused an increase in the number of airlines operating at the airport. 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.
On 10th April 2013 the CEO of Adria Airways, Mark Anžur, has said the Slovenian national carrier is likely to open a base in the Albanian capital Tirana. The airline’s first destination from its new base would be Frankfurt.
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 April 23, 2005, for a 20-year concession period.
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. The expansion resulted in an increased number of passengers per annum, estimated at 1.5M passengers for 2009. The number of passengers effectively increased to more than 1.5M in 2010.
Tirana International Airport Cargo Department is 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 at Tirana.