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Timișoara Traian Vuia International Airport

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Timișoara Traian Vuia International Airport (IATA: TSR, ICAO: LRTR) is an international airport serving Timișoara, Romania. Located in the historical region of Banat, the airport is named in honour of Traian Vuia, a Romanian flight pioneer and a Timiș County native. It is the third-busiest Romanian airport in terms of air traffic, and the main air transportation hub for the western part of Romania and for the Danube–Criș–Mureș–Tisa Euroregion. The airport serves as an operating base for Wizz Air, and is considered a backup airport for Bucharest, Budapest, and Belgrade.

Timișoara Traian Vuia International Airport

Aeroportul Internațional „Traian Vuia” Timișoara
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Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerMinistry of Transport
OperatorRomanian Civil Aeronautical Authority
ServesTimișoara
LocationGhiroda, Timiș County
OpenedFebruary 28, 1964 (1964-02-28)
Focus city for
Time zoneEET (+2)
 • Summer (DST)EEST (+3)
Coordinates45°48′36″N 21°20′17″E / 45.81000°N 21.33806°E / 45.81000; 21.33806Coordinates: 45°48′36″N 21°20′17″E / 45.81000°N 21.33806°E / 45.81000; 21.33806
Websiteaerotim.ro/en
Map
TSR is located in Romania
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Airport's location in Romania
TSR is located in Europe
TSR
TSR
TSR (Europe)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
11/29 11,483 3,500 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passengers1,517,309 Decrease
Aircraft movements17,224 Decrease
Freight5,939 t. Increase
Source: aerotim.ro[1]

HistoryEdit

Timișoara's first airport, Timișoara Communal Airport, was built a few kilometers away from the current airport's position, in the village of Moșnița Veche. The first aircraft landed there on July 17, 1935.[2] The airport was rebuilt in its current location in the 1960s and became known as Giarmata Airport. The domestic terminal was opened on February 28, 1964.[2]

In the 1980s it was designated as an international airport and was upgraded with a CAT IIIa instrument landing system. The runway was extended from 2,500 to 3,500 metres and terminal buildings for international flights, control tower, the official hall and the administrative building were constructed.[2] The airport was named after aeronautics pioneer Traian Vuia on February 6, 2003.[2] The following year work to expand the international terminal commenced; and in 2006 the aircraft parking facilities were enlarged. These measures were taken to cater to increasing air traffic and the construction of a new parking lot and an access road in the airport. The extension works for the international terminal were completed in 2007.[2] In 2010 work to expand the domestic terminal was completed.[2]

 
Business Class Lounge at Timișoara International Airport

In 2017, Timișoara International Airport became first Romanian airport to be certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency.[3]

Future developmentsEdit

In 2016, the development of airport infrastructure began, in particular the expansion of the terminal. A terminal of domestic arrivals is scheduled to be completed by March 2019[needs update]. This will expand the area of the existing terminal by 3,000 m².[4] The new terminal will be able to manage simultaneously three passenger flows, and will be provided with seven checkpoints, three luggage transport systems, the customs control area and shops. In the second phase, the existing facade will be expanded and modified.[4] A terminal for external[clarification needed] departures is also scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019. The capacity of the terminal will increase by 150% as 10 new boarding gates, 12 check-ins and eight checkpoints will be built, alongside six security checkpoints, shopping facilities and the public catering area.[5] The new terminals will be built in the eastern part of the airport, in the extension of the current Official Salon. The project is estimated at 17 million euros.[6] The road connecting the city with the airport will also be enlarged to four lanes.[6]

There are plans for an Airport City, a complex and innovative concept for Romania, through which will be built, in addition to air, road and rail transport facilities, hotels, restaurants, shops, conference centers and exhibition halls, with public and private funding sources.[7]

Military useEdit

Giarmata Airport was home to the Romanian Air Force RoAF 93rd Air Base, founded in 1953.[8] The 93rd Air Base was disbanded in September 2004 with the MiG-21 Lancers and IAR 330 moving to Câmpia Turzii for reassignment to the 71st Air Base.[9] Buildings and land belonging to former 93rd Air Base, totalling 240 hectares, were transferred to Timișoara Airport in 2006.[10] The air base also operated the MiG-23 Flogger, which was retired in early 2002. Over 30 MiG-23s are in storage at Timișoara Airport. Nowadays, the military section of the airport is an annex of the 71st Air Base.

 
Tarmac view
 
Timișoara International Airport domestic terminal
 
Timișoara International Airport international terminal

Airlines and destinationsEdit

StatisticsEdit

The airport's traffic rose significantly in the past ten years. Although, it experienced dramatic decrease after the bankruptcy of Carpatair, authorities of the airport announced that the negative trend should come to an end by 2015. In 2016 the airport handled 1,160,482 passengers and it is expected that the traffic numbers will reach 1.7 million passengers in 2017.[11]

Annual passenger, aircraft and cargo statistics
Year[11] Passengers (% change from prior year) Aircraft movements (% change from prior year) Cargo (tones, % change from prior year)
2006
753,934
24,817
2007
836,574(+11%)
25,379(+2.3%)
2008
890,704(+6.5%)
24,768(−2.4%)
2009
973,873(+9.3%)
24,815(+0.2%)
2010
1,138,431(+16.9%)
25,807(+4.0%)
2011
1,200,762(+5.5%)
23,214(−10.0%)
1,300
2012
1,035,929(−13.7%)
18,522(−20.2%)
2013
757,069(−26.9%)
11,929(−35.6%)
1,600
2014
734,790(−2.9%)
11,143(−6.6%)
1,937(+21.1%)
2015
924,459(+25.8%)
11,661(+4.6%)
2,606(+34.5%)
2016
1,160,482(+25.5%)
14,222(+22.0%)
3,887(+49.2%)
2017
1,621,529(+39.7%)
17,808(+25.3%)
4,586(+17.9%)
2018
1,517,309(-6.4%)
17,224(-3.3%)
5,939(+29.5%)
Traffic figures[12]
Month Passengers
2017
Passengers
2018
Change
(2017–18)
Passengers
2019
Change
(2018–19)
Aircraft
movements
2018
Aircraft
movements
2019
Change
(2018–19)
Cargo
(tonnes)
2018
Cargo
(tonnes)
2019
Change
(2018–19)
January 113,023 119,275   5.5% 103,938   12.9% 1,490 458.9
February 113,103 117,991   4.3% 108,635   7.9% 1,342 448.5
March 129,706 127,716   1.5% 122,644   4.0% 1,452 556.6
April 130,732 115,264   11.7% 116,541   1.1% 501.1
May 137,396 119,831   12.8% 126,542   5.6%
June 140,408 130,896   6.8% 136,776   4.5%
July 160,996 142,139   11.7% 146,238   2.9% 1,391 1,431   2.9% 413.2 462   11.8%
August 155,889 143,508   8.0% 167,199   16.5%
September 150,218 139,940   7.0% 158,127   13% 1,496 1,640   9.6%
October 140,809 129,309   8.2%
November 130,241 122,393   6.0%
December 123,428 109,047   11.7%
Total 1,625,949 1,517,309   6.7% 1,186,640   2.5% 17,224 8,826   2.6% 5,939 3,009   15.0%
Top routes from Timișoara International Airport
Destination Airport Weekly departures
(winter 2015/2016)
Weekly departures
(summer 2019)[13]
Airlines
  Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport
26
45
Blue Air, Ryanair, TAROM
  Munich Franz Josef Strauß Airport
21
21
Lufthansa
  Bergamo Orio al Serio International Airport
5
12
Ryanair, Wizz Air
  London Luton Airport
5
12
Wizz Air
  Frankfurt Frankfurt Airport N/A
7
Lufthansa
  Memmingen Memmingen Airport
2
5
Wizz Air
  Dortmund Dortmund Airport
2
4
Wizz Air
  Iași Iași International Airport N/A
4
TAROM
  Bari Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport
2
3
Wizz Air
  Charleroi Brussels South Charleroi Airport
2
3
Wizz Air
  Beauvais Beauvais–Tillé Airport
2
3
Wizz Air
  Rome Rome-Ciampino Airport
2
3
Wizz Air
  Stuttgart Stuttgart Airport N/A
3
Eurowings
Busiest routes from Timișoara International Airport
Airport Passengers
(2014)
Passengers
(2015)
Change Passengers
(2016)
Change Passengers
(2017)
Change Airlines
  Bucharest 154,508 160,867   4.1% 219,694   36.6% 357,614   62.8% Ryanair, TAROM
  London 56,407 73,856   30.9% 144,132   95.2% 233,144   61.6% Ryanair, Wizz Air
  Munich 161,548 173,751   7.6% 207,568   19.5% 212,879   2.6% Lufthansa
  Bergamo 55,096 82,189   49.2% 101,791   23.8% 165,244   62.3% Ryanair, Wizz Air
  Charleroi 3,960 29,236   738.3% 44,326   51.6% 76,712   73.1% Ryanair, Wizz Air

Ground transportationEdit

 
Access map to Timișoara airport

CarEdit

The airport is located 12 km northeast of the center of Timișoara.[14] Access to the airport is via Calea Dorobanților and the European route E70, through a roundabout near the village of Ghiroda. A slightly longer alternative (but with less traffic flow) is to exit Timișoara on Calea Dorobanților and drive through the village Giarmata Vii instead, before heading back towards the airport. A third option, starting in the northern part of the city, is to use the ring road (DNCT) which, also through a roundabout, is connected with the road to the airport.

Taxi cabs have dedicated parking in front of the two terminals. The average cost for a ride to the city center is likely to fall within the range of 50-55 RON, depending on exact route and traffic flow. Ride-sharing services are not acknowledged by the airport, however the parking lot can be crossed on foot in a few minutes, and a car ordered at the entrance.

Several rent-a-car services (Avis, Europcar, Budget, Hertz, etc.) operate within the airport.[15]

BusEdit

The STPT Expres 4 line (E4) connects the terminal to the city center. The bus runs approximately once per hour on weekdays, and less frequently on weekends.[16] Timetables are printed and displayed near the bus station. Electronic timetables are also available, however the accuracy of the data is often questionable.

Since September 13, 2012, the Expres 4 barat line connects the airport directly with Timișoara North railway station, the main station in the city.[17] However, this bus only runs a few times per day, to connect the more important flights.

Paper tickets can be purchased inside the airport. One ticket costs 2,5 lei, and permits travel for up to one hour after the start of the journey.

Operator Line Destination Route Schedule
STPT E4 Bastion Cartier Aeroport–Ghiroda (DN6)–Piața Badea Cârțan Every 40-60 minutes
E4 barat Gara de Nord Ghiroda (DN6)–Piața Badea Cârțan–Bastion–Piața 700 Depends on flight schedule[18]

Private operators organize daily minibus rides connecting the city of Arad and Timișoara airport. There is also, on request, the possibility of transferring, also by minibus, to Serbia.

RailEdit

There are plans in the future to build a new railway from the airport terminal itself to the Central Station in the city centre. Currently there is a branch line which runs to the airport but it is only used for cargo trains.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Nicoleta Trifan (17 January 2017). "Traficul pe 2016, peste așteptări la Aeroportul Internațional Timișoara". Aerotim (in Romanian).
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Istoric". Aerotim.
  3. ^ Nicoleta Trifan (21 December 2017). "Aeroportul Internațional Timișoara, la final de an". Aerotim (in Romanian).
  4. ^ a b Roxana Tîrpe-Manasia (22 December 2016). "Aeroportul Internațional Timișoara în 2016". Aerotim (in Romanian).
  5. ^ Bogdan Marta (25 December 2017). "Două noi terminale vor fi construite la Aeroportul Internațional Timișoara". TION (in Romanian).
  6. ^ a b Ștefan Both (22 December 2017). "Cum va arăta din 2019 Aeroportul Internațional Timișoara. 17 milioane de euro investiți pentru două terminale noi". Adevărul (in Romanian).
  7. ^ "Noi oportunități pentru Aeroportul Timișoara: Airport City" (PDF). Aerotim (in Romanian). p. 9.
  8. ^ Otilia Halunga (20 July 2013). "Timiș: Acrobații cu aeronavele IAR Puma, pe Aerodromul Giarmata, de Ziua Forțelor Aeriene Române". AGERPRES (in Romanian).
  9. ^ "Baza aeriană de la Timișoara va fi desființată". Adevărul (in Romanian). 20 April 2004.
  10. ^ Alina Sabou (13 April 2006). "Terenurile de la Baza Aeriană Giarmata au revenit Aeroportului Timișoara". HotNews (in Romanian).
  11. ^ a b "Evoluție trafic". Aerotim (in Romanian).
  12. ^ "Anker-report.com EATS-European Airport Traffic Statistics". The Anker Report.
  13. ^ "Frecvență destinații". aerotim.ro. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Localizare". Aerotim (in Romanian).
  15. ^ "Transport aerogară". Aerotim (in Romanian).
  16. ^ "Aeroport - Bastion" (PDF). RAT Timișoara (in Romanian).
  17. ^ "Expres 4B" (PDF). RAT Timișoara (in Romanian).
  18. ^ Liliana Iedu (11 September 2012). "RATT înființează o nouă linie de transport în Timișoara: Expres 4 barat, care leagă Aeroportul de Gara de Nord. Vezi întreg traseul!". Opinia Timișoarei (in Romanian).

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