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. It is one of the busiest airport in the Balkans, handling nearly 2.2 million passengers in 2016.It serves as a hub for local carrier Albawings and as a focus city for Blue Panorama Airlines, Adria Airways, Alitalia and Mistaral Air.
The air traffic equipment and facilities of the airport have been heavily modernised following investments by Tirana International Airport SHPK, a consortium led by HochtiefAirport. 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.
Tirana Mother Teresa Airport in Tirana, Albania has a runway length of 9023 feet and is suitable for Small props, Small Jets, Medium Jets, Long Range Jets, Regional Airliners and Large Airliners.
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