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Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza


Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza

Tirana International Airport
Mother Teresa

Aeroporti Ndërkombëtar i Tiranës
Nënë Tereza
Airport type Public
Owner Tirana International Airport SHPK[1]
Operator Tirana International Airport SHPK (Part of Hochtief Airport) [1]
Serves Tirana, Albania[1]
Location Rinas[1]
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 108 ft / 33 m
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 1,810,305
Passenger change 13–14 3.02%
Aircraft movements 17,928
Movements change 13–14 3.02%
Source: Albanian EUROCONTROL[2][3]

Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza (ICAO: LATI) is 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[2] 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.


  • History 1
    • Early years 1.1
  • Facilities 2
  • Airlines and destinations 3
    • Passenger 3.1
  • Statistics 4
    • Traffic 4.1
    • Routes 4.2
  • Ground transportation 5
    • Car 5.1
    • Bus 5.2
  • Owners 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


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 flghts linking Tirana with Belgrade with a landing in Dubrovnik.[4] 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

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.[5]

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.[6] The expansion resulted in an increased number of passengers per annum, estimated at 1.5M passengers for 2009.[7][8] The number of passengers effectively increased to more than 1.5M in 2010.[9] 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.

Airlines and destinations


Airlines Destinations
Adria Airways Brussels, Frankfurt, Ljubljana, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Aegean Airlines
operated by Olympic Air
Air Serbia Belgrade
Air Vallée Bari, Pescara, Rimini[10]
Alitalia Bari, Bologna, Genoa, Milan–Malpensa, Pisa, Rome–Fiumicino, Turin, Venice-Marco Polo
Austrian Airlines Vienna
operated by Blue Panorama Airlines
Ancona, Bergamo, Bologna, Genoa, Milan–Malpensa, Perugia, Pisa, Rome–Fiumicino, Venice-Marco Polo, Verona
British Airways London–Gatwick
Germanwings Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart[11]
Jetairfly[12] Brussels
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa Cityline
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Small Planet Airlines Seasonal: London-Gatwick, London-Stansted
operated by Travel Service Airlines
Seasonal: Prague[13]
Transavia France Seasonal: Paris–Orly[14]
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk
Volotea Verona (begins 17 December 2015)[15]



Alitalia Airbus A320 in Tirana
Traffic by calendar year.
Passengers Change Aircraft operations Change Cargo
(metric tons)
2005 785,000 20.77% 15,400 N.A. N.A. N.A.
2006 906,103 15.43% 15,856 2.96% 2,435 N.A.
2007 1,105,770 22.04% 18,258 15.15% 3,832 57.37%
2008 1,267,041 14.58% 19,194 5.13% 2,497 34.84%
2009 1,394,688 10.07% 20,064 4.53% 2,265 9.29%
2010 1,536,822 10.19% 20,768 3.51% 2,355 3.97%
2011 1,817,073 18.24% 22,988 10.69% 2,656 12.78%
2012 1,665,331 8.35% 20,528 10.70% 1,875 29.41%
2013 1,757,342 5.53% 19,942 2.85% 2,164 15.41%
2014 1,810,305 3.02% 17,928 3.02% 2,324 13.53%
Source: Facts and Figures about Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza.[9]


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
Taxis at Tirana Airport


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.


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.


The following companies are the owners of the Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza:[6]

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.  
  2. ^ a b "EAD Basic - Error Page". Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Airport record for Nënë Tereza/Rinas International Airport at Retrieved 1 August 2013
  4. ^ Drustvo za Vazdusni Saobracaj A D – Aeroput (1927–1948) at
  5. ^ [ /?RoseToken=169180229114147161160144183148154169229193083154156152160214184090168180231crc339 "Tirana International Airport"] . Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Tirana International Airport". Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Tirana International Airport". Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  8. ^ Tirana International Airport, Albania – HOCHTIEF.
  9. ^ a b "Facts and Figures about Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza". 
  10. ^
  11. ^
  12. ^ "Jetairfly Flight Plan". Jetairfly. 
  13. ^
  14. ^ "Transavia ouvre 6 routes en 2015 dont Tirana, Munich et Dublin". Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  15. ^
  16. ^ "Tirana International Airport". Retrieved 7 June 2015. 

External links

  • Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza
  • Map of the airport
  • Year numbers of airport
  • Aerial photo of Rinas Mother Teresa Airport
  • Airport record for Nënë Tereza/Rinas International Airport at
  • Accident history for TIA at Aviation Safety Network
  • Aeronautical chart for LATI at SkyVector
  • Current weather for LATI at NOAA/NWS
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