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 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; 19.72056Coordinates: 41°24′53″N 019°43′14″E / 41.41472°N 19.72056°E / 41.41472; 19.72056
Website www.tirana-airport.com

Location of airport in Albania

Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 2,734[1] 8,971[1] Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
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: 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[3] of Tirana.

The airport was named in 2001, after the Albanian Roman Catholic nun and missionary Mother Teresa. It is the 8th busiest airport in the Balkans that handles over 1.9 million passengers per year. It serves as a focus city for Blue Panorama Airlines, Adria Airways, Albawings and Mistral Air.


Old picture of the Airport in 1978
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]

In December 2016 the Airport announced that it has served 2 million passengers during 2016, reaching it's second milestone. [12]


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,[13] a company specialized in asset management, direct investment, brokerage and investment banking.[14]

Airlines and destinations

Adria Airways Frankfurt, Ljubljana, Munich
Seasonal charter: Poprad-Tatry
Aegean Airlines Athens
Aegean Airlines
operated by Olympic Air
Air Serbia Belgrade
Albawings Bari (begins 16 December 2016),[15] Ancona, Florence, Milan-Malpensa, Perugia, Rimini, Treviso, Verona
Alitalia Bari, Rome–Fiumicino
Austrian Airlines Vienna
operated by Blue Panorama Airlines
Bergamo, Bologna, Genoa, Milan–Malpensa, Pisa, Rome–Fiumicino, Turin, Venice, 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
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa Cityline
Mistral Air Ancona, Bari, Bergamo, Bologna (begins 16 December 2016), Cuneo (begins 18 December 2016), Florence, Genoa (begins 17 December 2016), Milan–Malpensa, Perugia, Pescara, Pisa, Rimini, Rome–Fiumicino (begins 27 March 2017), Trieste, Venice (begins 16 December 2016), Verona (begins 16 December 2016)[16]
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)[17]
Transavia France Seasonal: Paris–Orly
Travel Service Polska Seasonal charter: Katowice, Warsaw
Travel Service Slovakia Seasonal charter: Bratislava, Kosice
TUIfly Belgium Brussels[18]
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk
Volotea Venice (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
(November 2016)
 Italy, Milan Milan-Malpensa, Milan-Bergamo 28 Albawings, Blu-express, Mistral Air
 Italy, Rome Rome-Fiumicino 21 Alitalia, Blu-express
 Turkey, Istanbul Istanbul-Ataturk, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen 18 Pegasus Airlines, Turkish Airlines
 Italy, Pisa Pisa Airport 12 Blu-express, Mistral Air
 Austria, Vienna Vienna International Airport 11 Austrian Airlines
 Italy, Ancona Ancona Airport 11 Blu-express, Mistral Air, Albawings
 Germany, Frankfurt Frankfurt International Airport 10 Adria Airways, Lufthansa
 Italy, Bari Bari Airport 10 Alitalia, Mistral Air

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

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 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. 1 2 "Facts and Figures about Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza - Tirana International Airport".
  3. 1 2 "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. 1 2 "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. https://www.ata.gov.al/en/tirana-international-airport-reaches-two-millionth-passenger-milestone/
  13. From Germany to China
  14. China Everbright Limited
  15. https://italiavola.com/2016/11/25/nuovi-voli-albawings-e-blu-express-com-da-tirana-a-bari/
  16. "Mistral Air".
  17. 2016, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Transavia expands Netherlands operation in S17".
  18. "Jetairfly Flight Plan". Jetairfly.
  19. http://www.ttgitalia.com/stories/trasporti/125112_volotea_malaga_cefalonia_e_tirana_le_new_entry_da_venezia/
  20. "Tirana International Airport". Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  21. Spectacular airport robbery raises national security concerns
  22. Huge amount of money stolen at the Tirana Airport

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