Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza

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Tirana International Airport
Mother Teresa

Aeroporti Ndërkombëtar i Tiranës
Nënë Tereza
Aeroporti Ndërkombëtar Nënë Tereza.svg
Terminal jashte.jpg
Airport typePublic
OperatorTirana International Airport SHPK and China Everbright Limited
ServesTirana, Tirana County, Albania
LocationRinas, Durrës County, Albania
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL108 ft / 33 m
Coordinates41°24′53″N 19°43′14″E / 41.41472°N 19.72056°E / 41.41472; 19.72056Coordinates: 41°24′53″N 19°43′14″E / 41.41472°N 19.72056°E / 41.41472; 19.72056
TIA is located in Albania
Location in Europe, the Mediterranean and Albania
TIA is located in Mediterranean
TIA (Mediterranean)
TIA is located in Europe
TIA (Europe)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17/35 2,750 9,022 Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Passenger change 18–19Increase 13%
Aircraft movements28,270[1]
Movements change 18–19Increase 11%
Source: Albanian AIP at EUROCONTROL[2] LATI Airport record[3]

Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza (Albanian: Aeroporti Ndërkombëtar i Tiranës Nënë Tereza, IATA: TIA, ICAO: LATI), often referred to as the Rinas International Airport, is the main international airport of the Republic of Albania. It serves the city of Tirana, its metropolitan area, and surrounding region in the county of Tirana. The airport is named in honour of the Albanian Roman Catholic nun and missionary, Mother Teresa. It is located 6 nautical miles (11 kilometres; 6.9 miles) northwest of Tirana, in the municipality of Krujë, Durrës County.[4][5] It offers international connections primarily within Europe, whereas the most frequent routes are to Milan, Rome, London and Istanbul.

The airport serves as the main hub for the country's flag carrier, Air Albania, Albawings and Wizz Air. It serves also as a focus city for Blue Panorama Airlines.[6]. It is the only airport in Albania with regularly scheduled passenger service, and the eighth busiest Balkan airport.


Early development

The airport was constructed during a period of two years, from 1955 to 1957. However, Tirana had commercial airline services before. Domestic aviation started in 1926 when German airline Adria-Aero-Lloyd obtained a monopoly for all domestic air routes in the country and begin servicing Tirana, Shkodër, Korçë and Vlorë. These operations proved unprofitable, and the airline sold its rights to Italian company Ala Littoria which opened regular routes in 1935 between Tirana to Shkodër, Kukës, Peshkopia, Kuçova, Vlorë, and Gjirokastra.[7] In 1938, the Yugoslav carrier Aeroput introduced regular commercial flights linking Tirana with Belgrade, Serbia with a landing in Dubrovnik, Croatia.[8]

After the end of the Second World War and installation of an isolationist communist regime in Albania, air transportation was rare. From 1944 and 1948 there was a service to Belgrade, but after the break of relations with Yugoslavia, until 1953, there was only a twice-a-month connection to Budapest operated by Soviet-Hungarian company Maszovlet.[7] From 1953 and 1955 there was no air service, until February 1955 when a route to Moscow was inaugurated, followed thereafter to other Eastern-European capitals. In the 1970s, Tirana was one of the first European cities to be served by China's CAAC Airlines, with a weekly flight to Beijing via Bucharest and Tehran. In the late 1980s there were six airlines flying to Tirana, with a total of nine round-trips per week.[7]

With the collapse of communism in Albania in 1991 and subsequent liberalisation of travel restrictions abroad for Albanians, the number of airlines operating at the airport increased rapidly. In 1999 there were 8,249 flights and 356,823 passengers, seven times more than in 1991.[7]


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.[9]

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.[10] The expansion resulted in an increased number of passengers per annum, estimated at 1.5 million passengers for 2009.[11][12] The number of passengers effectively increased to more than 1.5 million in 2010.[13]

The terminal building and its second expansion, the cargo building, its landscaping, and its carpark canopies were designed by Malaysian architect Hin Tan of Hintan.[14]

In December 2016, the Airport announced that it has served 2 million passengers during 2016, reaching its second milestone.[15]


As of 2017, China Everbright Limited is the sole owner of Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza. 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,[16] a company specializing in asset management, direct investment, brokerage and investment banking.[17]

Airlines and destinations

Aegean Airlines Athens
Air Albania Bergamo,[18] Bologna,[19] Istanbul,[20] Milan–Malpensa,[19] Pisa,[21] Rome–Fiumicino,[19] Verona[22]
Air Serbia Belgrade
Albawings Bari, Florence, Frankfurt,[23] Perugia, Pisa, Rimini, Venice
Alitalia Rome–Fiumicino
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Belavia Seasonal charter: Minsk[24]
Blue Panorama Airlines Ancona, Bergamo, Bologna, Genoa, Milan–Malpensa, Rome–Fiumicino, Turin, Verona
British Airways London–Heathrow (ends 9 November 2020),[25] London–Gatwick (resumes 9 November 2020)[26]
Buzz Seasonal charter: Katowice[27]
easyJet Geneva, London–Gatwick,[28] Milan–Malpensa
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich[29]
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Warsaw–Chopin[30]
Eurowings Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart
Jonika Airlines Seasonal charter: Kiev–Zhuliany[31]
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal: Gdańsk,[32] Katowice,[33] Warsaw–Chopin[34]
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Seasonal charter: Antalya[35]
SkyUp Seasonal: Kiev–Boryspil
Smartwings Seasonal charter: Warsaw–Chopin[36]
SunExpress Seasonal charter: Antalya[35]
Transavia Paris–Orly
TUI fly Belgium Brussels
Ukraine International Airlines Seasonal charter: Kharkiv,[37] Kiev–Boryspil,[38] Zaporizhia[39]
Wizz Air Bari,[40] Basel/Mulhouse,[40] Beauvais,[40] Bergamo,[41] Berlin–Schönefeld,[40] Bologna,[41] Budapest, Catania,[40] Charleroi,[40] Dortmund, Eindhoven,[40] Hahn,[40] Hamburg,[40] Heraklion (begins 30 March 2021),[40] Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden,[40] London–Luton, Memmingen, Milan–Malpensa,[40] Pisa,[41] Prague,[40] Rhodes (begins 28 March 2021),[40] Treviso,[40][42] Turin,[40] Verona,[41] Vienna



Busiest Routes

Most frequent routes at Tirana Airport
Rank Destination Airport(s) Number of
Top carriers
1 Italy Milan MXP, BGY 485.615 Air Albania, Blue Panorama Airlines, easyJet, Wizz Air
2 Italy Rome FCO 334.695 Air Albania, Alitalia, Blue Panorama Airlines
3 Turkey Istanbul IST, SAW 253.010 Air Albania, Pegasus Airlines
4 United Kingdom London LGW, LTN, STN 223.800 Albawings, British Airways, Wizz Air
5 Austria Vienna VIE 187.257 Austrian Airlines, Wizz Air
6 Italy Bologna BLQ 168.872 Air Albania, Blue Panorama Airlines, Wizz Air
7 Italy Pisa PSA 161.412 Albawings, Wizz Air
8 Italy Verona VRN 140.293 Blue Panorama Airlines, Wizz Air
9 Germany Frankfurt FRA 126.771 Albawings, Lufthansa
10 Greece Athens ATH 125.925 Aegean Airlines
Routes by country
Rank Destination Number of
1 Italy Italy 1.688.839
2 Turkey Turkey 315.461
3 Germany Germany 243.219
4 United Kingdom United Kingdom 223.800
5 Austria Austria 187.257
6 Greece Greece 125.925
7 Poland Poland 102.944

Top Carriers

Rank Carrier Market share (2019[49])
1 Italy Blue Panorama Airlines 21%
2 Italy Ernest Airlines 17%
3 Albania Albawings 10%
4 Italy Alitalia 7%
5 Hungary Wizz Air 6%

Ground transport

Taxi rank at the airport
SH60 linking Tirana Airport with SH2 Tirana-Durrës Highway

The airport is linked with motorway SH60 (10 kilometres (6.2 mi) away) to SH2 Durres -Tirana access road. Taxis and car rental facilities are available at the airport. The journey from Tirana to the airport takes 20–25 minutes. Many taxi companies offer a flat rate for to/from Airport trips (the rate is usually 1,500 ALL.)[citation needed]


An airport bus, located outside Arrivals terminal, leaves on the hour every hour (7am to 11pm), to the city centre, and the trip takes around 30 minutes.[50] The shuttle runs an hourly service between the Airport and the back of the Opera building in the centre of Tirana. The single fare is 300 Albanian Lek. From Durres the single fare is 480 Albanian Lek.[citation needed]

Incidents and accidents

See also


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