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Traian Vuia International Airport

Timi?oara Traian Vuia International Airport

Aeroportul Interna?ional ,,Traian Vuia" Timi?oara
Timisoara Airport logo.png
Airport typePublic
OwnerMinistry of Transport
OperatorRomanian Civil Aeronautical Authority
LocationGhiroda, Timi? County
OpenedFebruary 28, 1964 (1964-02-28)
Focus city for
Time zoneEET (+2)
 o 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
TSR is located in Romania
Airport's location in Romania
TSR is located in Europe
TSR (Europe)
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

Timi?oara Traian Vuia International Airport (IATA: TSR, ICAO: LRTR) is an international airport serving Timi?oara, Romania. Located in the historical region of Banat, the airport is named in honour of Traian Vuia, a Romanian flight pioneer and a Timi? 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-Cri?-Mure?-Tisa Euroregion. The airport serves as an operating base for Wizz Air, and is considered a backup airport for Bucharest, Budapest, and Belgrade.


Timi?oara's first airport, Timi?oara Communal Airport, was built a few kilometers away from the current airport's position, in the village of Mo?ni?a 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 Timi?oara International Airport

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

Future developments

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 use

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 Timi?oara 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 Timi?oara Airport. Nowadays, the military section of the airport is an annex of the 71st Air Base.

Tarmac view
Timi?oara International Airport domestic terminal
Timi?oara International Airport international terminal

Airlines and destinations




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)
Traffic figures[12]
Month Passengers
January 113,023 119,275 Increase 5.5% 103,938 Decrease 12.9% 1,490 458.9
February 113,103 117,991 Increase 4.3% 108,635 Decrease 7.9% 1,342 448.5
March 129,706 127,716 Decrease 1.5% 122,644 Decrease 4.0% 1,452 556.6
April 130,732 115,264 Decrease 11.7% 116,541 Increase 1.1% 501.1
May 137,396 119,831 Decrease 12.8% 126,542 Increase 5.6%
June 140,408 130,896 Decrease 6.8% 136,776 Increase 4.5%
July 160,996 142,139 Decrease 11.7% 146,238 Increase 2.9% 1,391 1,431 Increase 2.9% 413.2 462 Decrease 11.8%
August 155,889 143,508 Decrease 8.0% 167,199 Increase 16.5%
September 150,218 139,940 Decrease 7.0% 158,659 Increase 13.4% 1,496 1,640 Increase 9.6%
October 140,809 129,309 Decrease 8.2% 143,099 Increase 10.7% 1,468 1,528 Increase 4.1%
November 130,241 122,393 Decrease 6.0%
December 123,428 109,047 Decrease 11.7%
Total 1,625,949 1,517,309 Decrease 6.7% 1,330,271 Increase 3.4% 17,224 8,826 Decrease 2.6% 5,939 3,009 Decrease 15.0%
Busiest routes from Timi?oara International Airport
Airport Passengers
Change Passengers
Change Passengers
Change Airlines
Romania Bucharest 154,508 160,867 Increase 4.1% 219,694 Increase 36.6% 357,614 Increase 62.8% Ryanair, TAROM
United Kingdom London 56,407 73,856 Increase 30.9% 144,132 Increase 95.2% 233,144 Increase 61.6% Ryanair, Wizz Air
Germany Munich 161,548 173,751 Increase 7.6% 207,568 Increase 19.5% 212,879 Increase 2.6% Lufthansa
Italy Bergamo 55,096 82,189 Increase 49.2% 101,791 Increase 23.8% 165,244 Increase 62.3% Ryanair, Wizz Air
Belgium Charleroi 3,960 29,236 Increase 738.3% 44,326 Increase 51.6% 76,712 Increase 73.1% Ryanair, Wizz Air

Ground transportation

Access map to Timi?oara airport


The airport is located 12 km northeast of the center of Timi?oara.[14] Access to the airport is via Calea Doroban?ilor 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 Timi?oara on Calea Doroban?ilor 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]


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 Timi?oara 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)-Pia?a Badea Câr?an Every 40-60 minutes
E4 barat Gara de Nord Ghiroda (DN6)-Pia?a Badea Câr?an-Bastion-Pia?a 700 Depends on flight schedule[18]

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


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 also


  1. ^ Nicoleta Trifan (17 January 2017). "Traficul pe 2016, peste a?tept?ri la Aeroportul Interna?ional Timi?oara". Aerotim (in Romanian).
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Istoric". Aerotim.
  3. ^ Nicoleta Trifan (21 December 2017). "Aeroportul Interna?ional Timi?oara, la final de an". Aerotim (in Romanian).
  4. ^ a b Roxana Tîrpe-Manasia (22 December 2016). "Aeroportul Interna?ional Timi?oara în 2016". Aerotim (in Romanian).
  5. ^ Bogdan Marta (25 December 2017). "Dou? noi terminale vor fi construite la Aeroportul Interna?ional Timi?oara". TION (in Romanian).
  6. ^ a b ?tefan Both (22 December 2017). "Cum va ar?ta din 2019 Aeroportul Interna?ional Timi?oara. 17 milioane de euro investi?i pentru dou? terminale noi". Adev?rul (in Romanian).
  7. ^ "Noi oportuniti pentru Aeroportul Timi?oara: Airport City" (PDF). Aerotim (in Romanian). p. 9.
  8. ^ Otilia Halunga (20 July 2013). "Timi?: Acroba?ii cu aeronavele IAR Puma, pe Aerodromul Giarmata, de Ziua For?elor Aeriene Române". AGERPRES (in Romanian).
  9. ^ "Baza aerian? de la Timi?oara va fi desfiin?at?". Adev?rul (in Romanian). 20 April 2004.
  10. ^ Alina Sabou (13 April 2006). "Terenurile de la Baza Aerian? Giarmata au revenit Aeroportului Timi?oara". HotNews (in Romanian).
  11. ^ a b "Evolu?ie trafic". Aerotim (in Romanian).
  12. ^ " EATS-European Airport Traffic Statistics". The Anker Report.
  13. ^ "Frecven destina?ii". Retrieved 2018.
  14. ^ "Localizare". Aerotim (in Romanian).
  15. ^ "Transport aerogar?". Aerotim (in Romanian).
  16. ^ "Aeroport - Bastion" (PDF). RAT Timi?oara (in Romanian).
  17. ^ "Expres 4B" (PDF). RAT Timi?oara (in Romanian).
  18. ^ Liliana Iedu (11 September 2012). "RATT înfiin?eaz? o nou? linie de transport în Timi?oara: Expres 4 barat, care leag? Aeroportul de Gara de Nord. Vezi întreg traseul!". Opinia Timi?oarei (in Romanian).

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