Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza

Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa
Aeroporti Ndërkombëtar i Tiranës Nënë Tereza
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Airport type Public
Operator Tirana International Airport SHPK (Part of Hochtief Airport)
Location Rinas, District of Krujë, Durrës County, Albania
Elevation AMSL 108 ft / 33 m
Coordinates 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 2,750 9,022 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Passengers 1,665,331
Passenger change 11-12 Decrease8.8%
Aircraft Movements 20,528
Movements change 11-12 Decrease10.7%
Source: Albanian AIP at EUROCONTROL[1] Landings.com[2]

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[1] 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.[3]

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.[4]

On 10 April 2013 the CEO of Adria Airways, Mark Anžur, said the Slovenian national carrier was likely to open a base in the Albanian capital Tirana. The airline’s first destination from its new base was Frankfurt.[5] Operations to that city began in April 2014.


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.[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


Airlines Destinations
Adria Airways Frankfurt, Ljubljana
Aegean Airlines Athens
Air One Bologna, Genoa, Milan-Malpensa, Pisa, Venice-Marco Polo, Verona
Alitalia Bari, Rome-Fiumicino, Turin
Austrian Airlines
operated by Tyrolean Airways
operated by Blue Panorama Airlines
Bergamo, Bologna, Milan-Malpensa, Pisa, Rome-Fiumicino, Venice-Marco Polo, Verona
British Airways London-Gatwick
Jetairfly Brussels
Livingston Bologna, Milan-Malpensa, Verona
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Meridiana Milan-Malpensa, Verona
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk


Airlines Destinations
Arkefly Seasonal: Amsterdam, Ohrid
Small Planet Airlines Seasonal: London-Gatwick (begins 17 July 2014)
SunExpress Seasonal: Antalya


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 at Tirana.


Terminal interior at Tirana Airport
Year Passengers[10] Aircraft movements[10]
2003 560,000  ?
2004 650,000  ?
2005 785,000 15,400
2006 906,103 15,856
2007 1,105,770 18,258
2008 1,267,041 19,194
2009 1,394,688 20,064
2010 1,536,822 20,768
2011 1,817,073 22,988
2012 1,665,331 20,528
Busiest routes at Tirana International Airport
City Airport(s) Weekly Departures
(September 2013)
Flag of Italy.svg Rome Rome-Fiumicino
Alitalia, Blu-express, Etihad Regional, Livingston
Flag of Turkey.svg Istanbul Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Istanbul-Atatürk
Pegasus Airlines, Turkish Airlines
Flag of Austria.svg Vienna Vienna
Austrian Airlines
Flag of Greece.svg Athens Athens
Olympic Air


The following companies are the owners of the Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza:[11]


External links

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