Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza

Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza
Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa
Aeroporti Ndërkombëtar i Tiranës Nënë Tereza
Tirana airport logo.jpg
TIA is located in Albania
Location of airport in Albania
Airport type Public
Operator Tirana International Airport SHPK (Part of Hochtief Airport)
Location Tirana, Albania
Hub for Albanian Airlines
Belle Air
Elevation AMSL 108 ft / 33 m
Coordinates 41°24′53″N 19°43′14″E / 41.41472°N 19.72056°E / 41.41472; 19.72056 (Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa)Coordinates: 41°24′53″N 19°43′14″E / 41.41472°N 19.72056°E / 41.41472; 19.72056 (Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa)
Website www.tirana-airport.com
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 2,750 9,022 Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Passengers 1,536,822
Passenger change 09-10 increase9.2%
Aircraft Movements 20,786
Movements change 09-10 increase3.5%
Source: Albanian AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]

Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza (IATA: TIAICAO: LATI) (Albanian: Aeroporti Ndërkombëtar i Tiranës Nënë Tereza) is Albania's only international airport. It is commonly known as Rinas International Airport, as it is located 6 NM (11 km; 6.9 mi) northwest[1] of Tirana, in the village of Rinas. In 2001, the airport was named after Mother Teresa. Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza was constructed in a period of two years, from 1955 to 1957.

After the fall of communism political and social changes caused an increase in the number of airlines operating in the airport. Notably its reconstruction, started in 2005 and terminated in 2008, made possible a relevant increase in the processing capacity of the airport, which saw its number of passengers per year doubling from 2005 to 2010, when it reached 1.5M. The airport currently has a capacity to process 1.8M passengers per year and it is thought that such capacity will suffice to handle the expected increase given the visa liberalization for the citizens of Albania in the area of Schengen, which started at the end of 2010.[2]



Turkish Airlines in Tirana Airport
Tirana International Airport

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 April 23, 2005, for a 20-year concession period.[3]

The concession included the construction of a completely new passenger terminal and various infrastructure improvements, that included the construction of a new access road, new parking lots, and a bridge on the old airport access road.[4] The expansion resulted in an increased number of passengers per annum, estimated in 1.5M passengers for 2009.[5][6] The number of passengers effectively increased to more than 1.5M in 2010.[7]

Number of passengers

The Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza has the following amount of passengers:

Year Passengers[7] Aircraft movements[7]
2003 560,000 ??
2004 650,000 ??
2005 785,000 15,400
2006 906,103 15,856
2007 1,105,770 18,258
2008 1,267,041 19,194
2009 1,394,688 20,064
2010 1,536,822 20,768

Airlines and destinations

Scheduled airlines

Airlines Destinations
Adria Airways Ljubljana
Air One Milan-Malpensa, Pisa
Alitalia Rome-Fiumicino
Austrian Airlines operated by Tyrolean Airways Vienna
Belle Air Ancona, Athens, Barcelona, Bari, Bologna, Bratislava, Brussels, Florence, Forlì, Genoa, Heraklion, Kalamata, Liège, London-Stansted, Milan-Bergamo, Milan-Linate, Milan-Malpensa, Naples, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Parma, Perugia, Pescara, Pisa, Pristina, Rhodes, Rimini, Rome-Fiumicino, Sarajevo, Sofia, Stuttgart, Treviso, Trieste, Turin-Caselle, Turin-Cuneo, Venice, Verona, Volos, Zürich
British Airways London-Gatwick
Germanwings Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn
Jetairfly Brussels
Lufthansa Regional operated by Lufthansa CityLine Munich
Malév Hungarian Airlines Budapest
Olympic Air Athens, Thessaloniki [begins 2 December]
Sky Airlines Seasonal: Antalya
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk

Charter airlines

The following airlines operate charter flights at Tirana International Airport (as of April 2011)[8]

Airlines Destinations
Belle Air Antalya, Sharm el-Sheikh
Scanderbeg Air New York-JFK [9]

Cargo airlines

Airlines Destinations
Turkish Airlines Cargo[10] Istanbul-Atatürk, Milan-Malpensa

Passenger commodities

Internet service through WiFi connections is available free of charge to customers of Tirana International Airport and car rentals are available to visitors next to the exit at the Arrival Area. Rinas Express operates an hourly bus shuttle between 6:00am and 6:00pm from the airport to Skanderberg Square and viceversa. The bus costs 250 lek. A taxi service is also available from ATEx shpk and costs around 2000 lek (17 EUR).

Shops, and boutiques in Tirana's international airport include:

  • AA&A Catering; located in arrival area/check-in hall, providing international coffee.
  • ADF; a duty free shop located in the departure area.
  • Adrion; providing books, newspapers, magazines, souvenirs, and located in departure area.
  • Coli's; a cafe bar located in the departure area. The only place to purchase water (Tepelene) after security for consumption on the flight. Also the only place in the airport that sells decaffeinated coffee.
  • Gjikondi; providing jewelry and watches located in departure area.
  • Le Charm; providing handbags/bags and accessories, located in the check-in hall.
  • Nino Vitali; providing many brands including Lacoste, Gant, Timberland, and Calvin Klein located in departure area.
  • P.A.B.; providing Samsonite products, located in departure area.
  • Piazza; a Piazza Bar & Restaurant located in arrival area.
  • R & T Group, providing electronics, and Vodafone products, located in the check-in hall.


The following companies are owner of the Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza[11]:


Rinas, seen from gate 3


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