- TIA passenger figures up 5.5 percent
- Officials state that 2014 will see further positive growth
Passenger numbers at Tirana International Airport (TIA) rose by 5.5 percent in 2013. Despite the bankruptcy of the main local carrier BelleAir, officials said that last year recorded positive numbers for passengers traveling through the airport, and that the current year is following this trend. The figures are not so striking in terms of Aircraft Traffic Movements (ATM), which were down 2.9 percent on 2012, and cargo statistics, which fell by 4.2 percent.
In 2013, the airlines carrying most passengers to and from Tirana were Belle Air (46.7%), Air One (10.9%), Alitalia (9.0%), Austrian Airlines (8.2%) and Turkish Airlines (6.9%). Currently, 13 airlines fly in to and out of TIA, connecting the Albanian capital directly with 20 destinations.
After the collapse of BelleAir, three airlines have been added to the list of carriers operating at the Airport—Blue Panorama, Livingston and Meridiana Airlines—all of which have their main destinations in Italy.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday 2nd of April, a new direct route will be launched by Adria Airways, this time from Tirana to Frankfurt. The route is scheduled for throughout the year, with four return flights a week.