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Tirana International Airport continued to grow in February 2024

Tirana International Airport welcomed 577,515 passengers in February 2024. This marks an increase on the number of travelers coming and going out of Albania through the main airport of the country.

“Tirana International Airport is on an incredible flight path! In February 2024, we welcomed 577,515 travelers, a 69% increase from last year. From January-February 2024, the numbers soared to 1,202,785, marking a 59% jump! Albania’s beauty is calling – come and see for yourself why everyone’s flying our way. Explore Albania and if you are around Berlin don’t miss the biggest tourism fair of Europe where Albania has a beautiful stand with plenty of information,” Albania’s PM, Rama wrote on X.

In January, Tirana International Airport had more passengers than Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla Airport. The latter had 569,572 passengers during January, while Tirana recorded 625,270. Belgrade airport has been the undisputed number one in the Balkans during the last decades. But this has changed as Tirana International Airport “Mother Teresa” climbs to the top.

10 mln passengers in 3 years

Tirana International Airport had 7 million passengers in 2023, marking the highest number in a year. The continuous increase in the number of passengers reflects the success of Tirana International Airport’s strategic initiatives aimed at increasing connecting flights and access.

The growth of Tirana International Airport (TIA) will be rapid in the coming years. Piervittorio Farabbi, the Operational Director says that within three years, the number of passengers could reach 10 millions. 

At the same time, investments will aim expanding the capacity of TIA. These include additional parking spots, tripling the size of the terminal, renovating the runway and extending it. This will make possible transatlantic flights. Airlines from the Middle East want to fly to Tirana.

Farabbi adds: “Our latest forecast for 2024 has a target of 9 million passengers (MPPA), an increase of 25% from 2023. This also comes as a result of the great effect of the network of “Ryanair”, which at one time short, can significantly affect the achievement of the predicted figures. Based on the new requests we have from various international airlines, we project that in the next three years we will reach 10 million passengers at the airport, because there are markets where we still have space to offer services.”

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