Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza

Tirana International Airport
Mother Teresa

Aeroporti Ndërkombëtar i Tiranës
Nënë Tereza
Tirana International Airport Logo.svg
Terminal jashte.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner Tirana International Airport SHPK[1]
Operator Tirana International Airport SHPK (Part of AviAlliance) [1]
Serves Tirana, Albania[1]
Location Rinas[1]
Focus city for
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 2,734[1] 8,971[1] Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 1,997,044
Passenger change 14–15 Increase10.3%
Aircraft movements 20,876[2]
Movements change 14–15 Increase16.4%
Source: Albanian AIP at EUROCONTROL[3] Landings.com[4]

Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza (Albanian: Aeroporti Ndërkombëtar i Tiranës Nënë Tereza, IATA: TIAICAO: LATI) is currently Albania's only international airport. It is commonly known as Rinas International Airport, as it is located in the village of Rinas 6 nautical miles (11 kilometres; 6.9 miles) northwest[3] of Tirana. In 2001, the airport was named after Mother Teresa. It serves as a focus city for Alitalia, Blue Panorama Airlines, and Adria Airways.


Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza was constructed during a period of two years, from 1955 to 1957. However, Tirana had commercial airline services before. As early as 1938, Yugoslav carrier Aeroput introduced regular commercial flights linking Tirana with Belgrade with a landing in Dubrovnik.[5] With the fall of communism in Albania in 1991, and subsequent liberalization of travel restrictions abroad for Albanians, the number of airlines operating at the airport increased.

Interior of Tirana Airport Terminal

2005 Modernization

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 23 April 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] The Terminal building and its second expansion, the Cargo building, its landscaping and carpark canopies was designed by Malaysian Architect Hin Tan of Hintan Associates.

In 2016, the Government of Albania reached an agreement with Tirana International Airport on ending its monopoly on flights, opening the way for an airport at Kukës in the north to open.[11]

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Adria Airways Frankfurt, Ljubljana, Munich
Aegean Airlines Athens
Aegean Airlines
operated by Olympic Air
Air Serbia Belgrade
Air Vallée Bari, Pescara, Rimini
Alitalia Bari, Bologna, Milan–Malpensa, Rome–Fiumicino, Turin
Anda Air Seasonal Charter: Kyiv-Zhuliany [12]
Austrian Airlines Vienna
operated by Blue Panorama Airlines
Ancona, Bergamo, Bologna, Genoa, Milan–Malpensa, Perugia, Pisa, Rome–Fiumicino, Venice-Marco Polo, Verona
Bravo Airways Seasonal Charter: Kyiv-Zhuliany (begins 13 June 2016)[13]
British Airways London–Gatwick
Germanwings Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart
Jetairfly[14] Brussels
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Small Planet Airlines Seasonal charter: London-Gatwick, London-Stansted
operated by Travel Service Airlines
Seasonal: Prague
Transavia France Seasonal: Paris–Orly
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk
Volotea Verona



Traffic by calendar year.
Passengers Change Aircraft operations Change Cargo
(metric tons)
2005 785,000 Increase20.77% 15,400 N.A. N.A. N.A.
2006 906,103 Increase15.43% 15,856 Increase 2.96% 2,435 N.A.
2007 1,105,770 Increase22.04% 18,258 Increase15.15% 3,832 Increase57.37%
2008 1,267,041 Increase14.58% 19,194 Increase 5.13% 2,497 Decrease34.84%
2009 1,394,688 Increase10.07% 20,064 Increase 4.53% 2,265 Decrease 9.29%
2010 1,536,822 Increase10.19% 20,768 Increase 3.51% 2,355 Increase 3.97%
2011 1,817,073 Increase18.24% 22,988 Increase10.69% 2,656 Increase12.78%
2012 1,665,331 Decrease 8.35% 20,528 Decrease10.70% 1,875 Decrease29.41%
2013 1,757,342 Increase 5.53% 19,942 Decrease 2.85% 2,164 Increase15.41%
2014 1,810,305 Increase 3.02% 17,928 Decrease 3.02% 2,324 Increase13.53%
2015 1,997,044 Increase 10.3% 20,876 Increase 16.4% 2,229 Decrease4.1%[15]


Busiest routes at Tirana International Airport[16]
City Airport(s) Weekly departures
(July–August 2015)
 Italy, Rome Rome-Fiumicino 27 Alitalia, Blu-express
 Turkey, Istanbul Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Istanbul-Atatürk 20 Pegasus Airlines, Turkish Airlines
 Italy, Milan Milan-Malpensa 15 Alitalia, Blu-express
 Austria, Vienna Vienna 16 Austrian Airlines
 Greece, Athens Athens 13 Aegean Airlines

Ground transportation

Prezë Castle overlooking Tirana Airport
Austrian Airlines aircraft overlooking mountainous terrain


The airport is linked with motorway SH60 (10 km away) to SH2 Durres -Tirana access road. Taxis and car rental facilities are available at the airport. The fastest way to get to TIA is by taxi. Such a service is available in all Albanian cities and urban areas, with the main cities operating a call-service. The journey from Tirana to the airport takes 20–25 minutes, depending on traffic, and costs about 2,500 Leke (18 EUR) one way.


Rinas Express airport bus, located outside Arrivals terminal, leaves on the hour every hour (8am to 7pm), to the city centre, and the trip takes around 25 to 30 minutes. Rinas Express operates 12 hours (6 am to 6 pm) as an hourly bus service between the Airport and the National Museum in the centre of Tirana. The single fare is 250 Albanian Lek. From Durres the rate for a single fare is 500 Albanian Lek.


The following companies are the owners of the Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza:[7]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f Wragg, David (November 2009). The World's Top 500 Airports (2nd ed.). Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 7JJ, UK: Haynes Holdings. p. 13. ISBN 978 184425 632 7. 
  2. ^ [www.tirana-airport.com]
  3. ^ a b "EAD Basic - Error Page". Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  4. ^ Airport record for Nënë Tereza/Rinas International Airport at Landings.com. Retrieved 1 August 2013
  5. ^ Drustvo za Vazdusni Saobracaj A D – Aeroput (1927–1948) at europeanairlines.no
  6. ^ /?RoseToken=169180229114147161160144183148154169229193083154156152160214184090168180231crc339 "Tirana International Airport" Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Tirana International Airport". Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "Tirana International Airport". Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  9. ^ Tirana International Airport, Albania – HOCHTIEF.
  10. ^ "Facts and Figures about Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza". 
  11. ^ Mejdini, Fatjona (1 April 2016). "Albanians Get to Fly from Second Airport". Balkan Insight. 
  12. ^ [interfax.com.ua]
  13. ^ [delo.ua]
  14. ^ "Jetairfly Flight Plan". Jetairfly. 
  15. ^ [www.tirana-airport.com]
  16. ^ "Tirana International Airport". Retrieved 7 June 2015. 

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