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Timişoara Traian Vuia International Airport
Aeroportul Internaţional Timişoara Traian Vuia
IATA: TSRICAO: LRTR
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Ministry of Transport
Operator Romanian Civil Aviation Authority
Serves Timişoara
Hub for
Coordinates 45°48′36″N 21°20′17″E / 45.81°N 21.33806°E / 45.81; 21.33806
Website www.aerotim.ro
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 3,500 11,483 Concrete, Asphalt
Statistics (2008)
Passengers 957,000
Aircraft movements 37,618

Timişoara "Traian Vuia" International (IATA: TSRICAO: LRTR) (also known as Giarmata Airport) is Romania's third airport in terms of air traffic, after Bucharest Henri Coandă and Bucharest Aurel Vlaicu Airport and the main air transportation hub for the western part of Romania. It is located in Timişoara, in the region of Banat, near the Hungarian and Serbian border. The airport was renamed on February 6, 2003 in memory of Traian Vuia, a Romanian flight pioneer and a Timiş County native. Timişoara Airport is important for business travellers, too, as a number of international businesses operate in Timişoara.

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History

Timişoara's first airport (Timişoara Communal Airport) was built a few kilometers away from the current airport's position, in the town of Moşniţa Veche. The first airplane landed there on July 17, 1935. The airport was rebuilt on its current position in the 1960s. The domestic flights terminal was opened in 1964. In 1980 the airport received International Airport status.

Traffic

In 2008 the airport served 957,000[1] passengers and is expected to reach the first million passengers in the following years. TSR is one of the four airports in Romania capable of handling jumbo jets, the main airport for the Danube-Kris-Mures-Tisza euroregion and it is a back-up airport for Bucharest Henri Coandă Airport, Belgrade Airport and Budapest Airport.

Passenger numbers

  • 2000 - 223,133;
  • 2001 - 251,404 (+ 12.7%);
  • 2002 - 269,320 (+ 7.1%);
  • 2003 - 331,495 (+ 23.1%);
  • 2004 - 403,050 (+ 21.6%);
  • 2005 - 611,705 (+ 51.8%);
  • 2006 - 753,934 (+ 23.3%);
  • 2007 - 836,518 (+ 24.5%);
  • 2008 - 957,000 (+ 14.4%)

City access

Access to the airport is possible from the European road DN6(E70). The airport is located in the N-E part of Timişoara, at a 12 km distance from the city centre, near Ghiroda village. The RATT Express 4 (E4) connects the terminal to Timişoara city centre.

Taxis and car rental agencies are available, too.

Military uses

The Traian Vuia International Airport was home of the Romanian Air Force 93rd Air Base. The 93rd Air base was disbanded in August 2004 with the MiG-21 Lancers and IAR-330 moving to Câmpia Turzii for reassignment to 71st Air Base. The air base also operated the MiG-23 Flogger, which was retired in early 2002. Over 30 MiG-23s are still in storage at Timişoara Airport. The military section of the airport is currently an annex of the 71st Air Base and operates the 714th Transport Helicopter Squadron, with the IAR 330 in service.

Airlines and destinations

Domestic Flights Hall

Airlines Destinations
Carpatair Bacău, Bucharest-Henri Coandă, Cluj-Napoca, Constanţa, Craiova, Iaşi, Oradea, Sibiu, Suceava
TAROM Bucharest-Henri Coandă

International Departures Hall

Airlines Destinations
Austrian Airlines operated by Tyrolean Airways Vienna
Carpatair Ancona, Athens, Bari, Bologna, Chernivtsi, Chişinău, Düsseldorf, Florence, Milan-Orio al Serio, Munich, Odessa, Perugia, Rome-Fiumicino, Stuttgart, Turin, Venice-Marco Polo, Verona
Lufthansa operated by Lufthansa CityLine Munich
Moldavian Airlines Chişinău
Wizz Air Barcelona, Dortmund, Forli [begins 29 March], London-Luton, Milan-Orio al Serio, Paris-Beauvais, Rome-Fiumicino, Venice-Treviso, Valencia

Cargo airlines

Airlines Destinations
ABC Air Hungary Budapest
Farnair Hungary Budapest, Vienna, Zagreb
FedEx Express
Sabiko International Air Cargo
TAROM Cargo Bucharest-Henri Coandă
TNT Airways
Tristar
UPS World Media Trans

See also

References

  1. ^ [1]

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