Tirana International Airport aims to start welcoming transatlantic flight in the first quarter of 2025. TIA will start constructing an airstrip dedicated to these flights, according to the director of the Albania’s Civil Aviation Authority, Maksim Et’hemaj.
He adds that the first transatlantic flight to land in Tirana will be from New York City.
Tirana International Airport, managed by Kastrati Group, will also start the expansion of the current runway, making it ready for transoceanic flights.
“We are moving in two directions. We will start the intervention on the runway, which will not have an impact on current daily flights. On the other hand, the technical part will be certified by an American aviation team, which will arrive in spring.” Et’hemaj says.
As the expansion plan is ongoing Tirana’s main airport is constructing a multi-level parking lot.
In June 2023, Tirana’s airport added a second floor to its current terminal, with a shopping area, bars and restaurants, and other facilities. The business lounge reopened in 2024 after it went through a makeover.
Albania welcomed more than 10 million foreign tourists in 2023, a 35% rise compared to 2022. The airport handled 7.26 million passengers in 2023, 40% more than a year earlier.