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, Adria Airways, Albawings and Mistral Air.


Terminal interior

Early years

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.

Development since the 2000s

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]


The following companies were the owners of the Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza until 2016:[7]

After the Government of Albania reached an agreement with the Airport on ending its monopoly on flights, the airport was sold to China Everbright Limited,[12] a company specialized in asset management, direct investment, brokerage and investment banking.[13]

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Adria Airways Frankfurt, Ljubljana, Munich
Seasonal Charter: Poprad-Tatry
Aegean Airlines Athens
Aegean Airlines
operated by Olympic Air
Air Serbia Belgrade
Albawings Ancona, Florence (begins 31 October 2016), Perugia, Rimini (begins 14 November 2016),[14] Treviso, Verona
Alitalia Bari, Rome–Fiumicino, Turin
Austrian Airlines Vienna
operated by Blue Panorama Airlines
Bergamo, Bologna, Genoa, Milan–Malpensa, Pisa, Rome–Fiumicino, Turin (begins 1 November 2016),[15] Venice-Marco Polo, Verona
Bravo Airways Seasonal Charter: Kyiv-Zhuliany
British Airways London–Gatwick
Corendon Airlines Seasonal Charter: Antalya
Ellinair Seasonal Charter: Heraklion
operated by Germanwings
Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart
Jetairfly[16] Brussels
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa Cityline
Mistral Air Ancona, Bari, Bergamo, Bologna (begins 16 December 2016), Brindisi (begins 2 December 2016), Cuneo (begins 18 December 2016), Florence, Genoa (begins 17 December 2016), Milan–Malpensa, Perugia, Pescara, Pisa, Rimini, Trieste, Venice-Marco Polo (begins 9 December 2016), Verona (begins 14 December 2016)[17]
Onur Air Seasonal Charter: Antalya
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Seasonal Charter: Antalya
Small Planet Airlines Seasonal Charter: Katowice, London-Gatwick, London-Stansted, Verona, Warsaw
operated by Travel Service (airline)
Seasonal: Brno, Prague
Transavia Amsterdam (begins 10 May 2017)[18]
Transavia France Seasonal: Paris–Orly
Travel Service Polska Seasonal Charter: Katowice, Warsaw
Travel Service Slovakia Seasonal Charter: Bratislava, Kosice
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk
Volotea Venice-Marco Polo (begins 11 April 2017),[19] 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%[2]


Busiest routes at Tirana International Airport[20]
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
 Austria, Vienna Vienna 16 Austrian Airlines
 Italy, Milan Milan-Malpensa 15 Alitalia, Blu-express
 Greece, Athens Athens 13 Aegean Airlines

Ground transportation


Taxis at TIA

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. Taxis are available at the airport. The journey from Tirana to the airport takes 20–25 minutes, depending on traffic.


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 480 Albanian Lek.

Incidents and accidents

  • October 3, 2006: Turkish Airlines Flight 1476, flying from Tirana to Istanbul, was hijacked by Hakan Ekinci in Greek airspace. The aircraft, with 107 passengers and six crew on board, transmitted two coded hijack signals which were picked up by the Greek air force; the flight was intercepted by military aircraft and landed safely at Brindisi, Italy.
  • June 30, 2016: Three armed and masked people entered the cargo terminal, where they robbed a huge amount of money that were to be transported abroad on airplanes. The amount of cash could be up to 3 million euros. The incident caused national security concerns.[21] [22]

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. ^ a b "Facts and Figures about Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza - Tirana International Airport". 
  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. ^ "Tirana International Airport". 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. ^ From Germany to China [1]
  13. ^ China Everbright Limited
  14. ^ [albawings.com]
  15. ^ Express, Blu. "Bluexpress Cheap Flights - Cheap Flight Deals - Book you flight with Blu-express". 
  16. ^ "Jetairfly Flight Plan". Jetairfly. 
  17. ^ "Mistral Air". 
  18. ^ 2016, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Transavia expands Netherlands operation in S17". 
  19. ^ [www.ttgitalia.com]
  20. ^ "Tirana International Airport". Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  21. ^ Spectacular airport robbery raises national security concerns [2]
  22. ^ Huge amount of money stolen at the Tirana Airport [3]

External links

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