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|Tirana International Airport
Aeroporti Ndërkombëtar i Tiranës
|Operator||Tirana International Airport SHPK (Part of China Everbright Limited)|
|Focus city for|
|Elevation AMSL||108 ft / 33 m|
Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza (Albanian: Aeroporti Ndërkombëtar i Tiranës Nënë Tereza, IATA: TIA, ICAO: 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 of Tirana. The airport was named in 2001, after the Albanian Roman Catholic nun and missionary Mother Teresa.
The airport is one of the busiest airports in the Balkans, handling nearly 2.2 million passengers in 2016. It offers international connections primarily within Europe. It serves as a hub for local carrier Albawings and as a focus city for Adria Airways, Blue Panorama Airlines, Ernest Airlines and Mistral Air.
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. 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.
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.
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. 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 December 2016 the Airport announced that it has served 2 million passengers during 2016, reaching its second milestone.
The following company is the owner of Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza as of 2017:
After reaching an agreement with the Albanian Government to end its monopoly on international flights from Albania, Hochtief AirPort sold the operating of Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza to China Everbright Limited, a company specializing in asset management, direct investment, brokerage and investment banking. China Everbright Limited has the right to operate Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza until 2027.
The following airlines operate scheduled, seasonal and charter flights out of Tirana
|Adria Airways||Frankfurt, Ljubljana, Munich
Seasonal charter: Poprad-Tatry
operated by Olympic Air
|Albawings||Ancona, Bari, Florence, Milan-Malpensa, Perugia, Rimini, Treviso|
|Anda Air||Seasonal charter: Kiev-Zhuliany (begins 19 June 2017)|
operated by Blue Panorama Airlines
|Bergamo, Bologna, Genoa, Milan–Malpensa, Pisa, Rome–Fiumicino, Turin, Venice, Verona|
|Bravo Airways||Seasonal charter: Kiev-Zhuliany|
|Corendon Airlines||Seasonal charter: Antalya|
|DART Ukrainian Airlines||Seasonal charter: Kiev-Zhuliany|
|Ernest Airlines||Bergamo (begins 6 June 2017), Bologna (begins 7 June 2017), Milan-Malpensa (begins 1 June 2017), Pisa (begins 1 June 2017), Venice (begins 2 June 2017), Verona (begins 2 June 2017)|
operated by Germanwings
|Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart|
|Mistral Air||Ancona, Bari, Perugia, Pescara|
operated by Lufthansa Cityline
|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-Chopin|
operated by Travel Service
|Seasonal: Brno, Prague|
|Transavia France||Seasonal: Paris–Orly|
|Travel Service Polska||Seasonal charter: Katowice, Warsaw|
|Travel Service Slovakia||Seasonal charter: Bratislava, Kosice|
|TUI fly Belgium||Brussels|
|Rank||Destination||Airport(s)||Number of Passengers 2016||Top carriers|
|1||Milan||MXP, BGY||321.521||Albawings, Blue Panorama Airlines, Mistral Air|
|2||Rome||FCO||300.601||Alitalia, Blue Panorama Airlines|
|3||Istanbul||IST, SAW||203.147||Pegasus Airlines, Turkish Airlines|
|5||Pisa||PSA||126.333||Blue Panorama Airlines, Mistral Air|
|6||Bologna||BLQ||111.460||Albawings, Blue Panorama Airlines, Mistral Air|
|7||London||LGW, STN||86.984||British Airways, Small Planet Airlines|
|9||Frankfurt||FRA||75.584||Adria Airways, Lufthansa|
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.
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