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Old May 25th, 2005, 01:17 AM   #1
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[Tirana] Rinas Airport Project and Construction Update

Here are the renderings for the new terminal.
Construction has begun and it will be finished in 2007








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Old May 25th, 2005, 01:29 AM   #2
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Looks tiny
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Old May 25th, 2005, 01:32 AM   #3
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The airport itself is small , not many people travel Albania so they built it in the norms of the existing one.
It's pretty much a renovation of Rinas to put it best
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Hmm, is Albanian Airliners only a domestic service or does it fly to other countries of former Yugoslavia? Are there any major or minor airliners fyling through Tirana, stoping at Rina? Because I was thinking that Albania can really use tourism, like Croatia.
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I think Illiricum can answer this question better but Yes , Albanian Airlines has flights to other capitals in the Balkans.
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What TIA project is and what it is NOT

The Hochtief concessionairy contract will last 20 years for an investment of around 80 million Euros.

The airport is intended to be a 1-st class mid-size airport.

The new terminal is being built to hold 1-1.5 million passengers traffic per year.

The terminal itself should cost around 20 million Euros. Other money will be invested is strengthning of the apron and taxiways, widening the actual runway, building a new parking area, building a new cargo terminal and a new tower and other airport facilities.

The terminal boosts nice arhitecture as you can see from the renderings.

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Originally Posted by Dr. Reinhard Kalenda, Hochtief Airport CEO
The agreed financing model is unique in its form. It enables us to provide even smaller airports exhibiting good potential for growth with a high standard of service and nonetheless to operate them profitably," says Dr. Reinhard Kalenda, CEO of HOCHTIEF AirPort and Chairman of the Board of the new airport operating company TAP. The aim is to expand Tirana International Airport quickly into AlbaniaĎs most efficient and modern infrastructure facility. As part of this process an architecturally striking terminal building with the capacity to handle an annual one million passengers is to be erected within the next two years. Parallel to this, the consortium will build further airport facilities and an access road and also restructure and modernize the management systems.
To my latest information the terminal will not have airbridges for direct boarding.

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Originally Posted by European Bank for Recontruction and Development

EBRD finances modernisation of Tirana Airport

The EBRD is lending Ä21 million to Tirana Airport Partners Sh.p.k., a consortium led by Germanyís Hochtief AirPort GmbH, concessionaire of the ďMother TeresaĒ International Airport, to modernise the airport. The project includes construction of a new passenger terminal, cargo centre, other ancillary facilities and a new access road.
The EBRDís financing package includes a Ä12 million loan for the modernisation of the airport and a Ä9 million sovereign-guaranteed loan for construction of a new access road from the capital to the airport and improvements in the existing access road towards the south of the country. An additional Ä12.9 million loan will be provided by DEG-Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH, Alpha Bank A.E. Tirana Branch, and the American Bank of Albania.
In 2003 the government of Albania launched an international tender for a 20-year concession to run Tirana Airport, which was built in 1957 and has seen limited investment since. The steady increase in passenger traffic in recent years and the airportís role as the countryís most important traffic hub have made its modernisation imperative.
Tirana Airport Partners was selected as preferred bidder and will oversee the modernisation programme and manage the airport, while the government of Albania retains ultimate ownership.
Riccardo Puliti, EBRD Director for Transport, said the project will be of the utmost importance for Albaniaís economic development. Its innovative structure makes it a showcase for private-sector investment in medium-sized airport operations in the region, as well as a model which could be replicated elsewhere in south-eastern Europe.

The financing will be used to meet the Core Obligations of the concessionaire under the Concession Agreement which include:

(i) new terminal building

(ii) new cargo centre and ancillary buildings

(iii) strengthening of the apron, upgrading of the taxiways and maintenance

(iii) provision of security and airside facilities and equipment

(iv) modernisation of utilities

(v) improvement of the access to the new terminal through the building of a new circulatory road and car park

(vi) construction of a new 7km access road and new bridge construction on the old access road to the airport.
Enviromental impact and other aspects of the project:

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Source[/I]: European Bank for Recontruction and Development"

Environmental classification and rationale
Environmental impacts associated with the rehabilitation and upgrading of the existing airport facilities and operation are mainly positive. No runway extension is planned. Any adverse impacts can be readily identified, assessed and mitigated. For the above reasons, the project has been classified B/1 requiring an Environmental Analysis and an Environmental Audit.

Information reviewed during the environmental appraisal
The environmental appraisal has been based on the review of the following information:
  • Environment and Health and Safety Audit Protocol, ERM GmbH, June 2004

    Environmental Analysis, Hochtief AirPort GmbH, July 2004

    Estimation study of environmental influence QafŽ-Kashar-Rinas Road

    Preliminary Updated Airport Master Plan, the ďAirport PartnersĒ Consortium, June 2004
Key environmental issues

The information reviewed showed that the project will result in some environmental improvements and has no significant direct adverse impacts. Construction-related impacts have been assessed to be localised and short term in nature and that they can be efficiently prevented or mitigated by applying good international construction practices.

The project will ensure the Airport facilities and operations meet applicable Albanian and EU environmental standards as well as safety and environmental standards of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). The investment programme and the environmental action plan will improve the environmental standards of the airport significantly.

Project site
The Airport is located approximately 16 km north-west of Tirana in a rural setting. The site investigation didnít identify any major environmental issues associated with the existing facilities or its surroundings. Identified environmental, health and safety (EHS) issues at the Airport will be rectified by adapting international standards in the project.

Air emissions and ambient air quality
Measurements taken during the environmental investigations showed that the ambient air quality is currently within applicable Albanian and EU standards. Because the number of main emissions sources, aircraft and the ground fleet vehicles, is relatively small, the air emissions from these are not expected to affect the air quality significantly. TAP will develop an air quality programme based on optimisation of ground handling operations to minimise kerosene consumption and air emissions as well as air quality monitoring programme.

Wastewater and run-off water management
Currently, wastewater and run-off waters are discharged without treatment into Tercuzes River. The planned drainage concept is based on three separate drainage systems. The wastewater from buildings and maintenance areas will be directed to a central wastewater treatment plant, where it is mechanically and biologically purified before discharge into Tirana River. Rainwater from the airfield, roads and roofs will be collected in a surface water drainage system and drained into the areaís natural water system without treatment. Rainwater from passenger apron and cargo and maintenance areas will be collected in a separate system and mechanically purified with oil separators before being discharged into the surface water drainage system.

Waste management
TAP will develop a waste management system based on waste minimisation and recycling. Residual waste will disposed of on licensed landfills.

Fuel and chemical handling and storage
The commercial aviation fuel farm is located outside the concession area and is operated by an independent company. The amount of chemicals handled on-site will increase (e.g. for the wastewater treatment plant). This will be mitigated with adequate training of employees in accordance with EHS management plan.

Noise
Given the current, relatively moderate air traffic movements and the rural setting of the Airport, noise disturbance is considered low. The daily number of flights, including both passenger and cargo aircraft, is predicted to increase from current 25 to up to 65 flights over the 20-year concession period. This would also result in increased ground traffic at the airport as well as to and from the airport.

The noise impact on the surroundings will therefore increase. TAP will hold regular consultations on noise issues with Albanian General Department of Civil Aviation and the airlines as well as periodically monitor the noise levels in affected areas in order to design necessary noise abatement procedures and measures.

Environmental, health and safety management
TAP will establish an Environmental Management System oriented to ISO 14000 to manage all the environmental issues within the Concession Area and appoint an environmental manager. A health and safety plan will be developed in accordance with Albanian regulations and EU standards. TAP will provide extensive EHS training to its employees.

Emergency response planning
Rescue and fire fighting services will be developed in compliance with ICAO standards, including intensive training of staff, periodic inspections and development of appropriate emergency procedures. Adequate extinguishing equipment will be installed all parts of the Airport and the terminal building will be equipped with a sprinkler system.

Connection road
The construction of the new 7km long access road to the airport is associated with some potential EHS issues, which can be efficiently prevented or mitigated with good international project design, construction planning and work practices. The new road will require limited expropriation of land and resettlement.

The new bridge will replace an existing bridge and is assessed not to have a significant impact on the river. Appropriate mitigation measures, such as nose walls, will be incorporated in the road design.

Summary of Environmental Action Plan
TAP is committed to implement further environmental improvements needed at the existing facilities as well as measures for mitigating adverse impacts arising from the construction works and operation of the airport. An Environmental Action Plan has been agreed between TAP and the EBRD on the basis of the recommendations and conclusions of the environmental due diligence.

The EAP includes specific measures for fuel handling, waste management, wastewater and storm water purification, soil protection, landscape and wildlife management and health and safety. In the context of ISO 14000 Environmental Management System, TAP will regularly update and amend the EAP.

Socio-economic and community issues
The project is anticipated to bring about positive impact on the social and economic development and on the infrastructure of the area. TAP estimates to secure some 2,650 jobs on an doff the airport in the first years of operation and to create another 5,000 direct and indirect jobs in the course o the Concession.
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Old May 25th, 2005, 02:03 AM   #7
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Hmm, is Albanian Airliners only a domestic service or does it fly to other countries of former Yugoslavia? Are there any major or minor airliners fyling through Tirana, stoping at Rina? Because I was thinking that Albania can really use tourism, like Croatia.
Arilines serving the airport:

Albanian Airlines
Albatros Airways
Austrian Airlines
Alitalia
JAT Airways
Olympic Airlines (?)
Hemus Air
Turkish Airlines
Ada Air
Malev
....


Albanians Airlines is not a domestic airline as there is no domestic airline in Albania. It flies to major European hubs i.e Frankfurt, Milan, Rome, Athens, Istanbul, Madrid, Barcelona...using three BAe Avroliners and MAYBE a Yak 40 flying to Pristina and a Tupolev 134 (?) flying to Turkish destinations.
The airline is banned in the UK since it used Tu134&Yak40 to serve Heathrow and they were out of GB standards in terms of noise and pollution. Thus the company bought BAe-s, but, it is still banned from the UK.
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Ah but Aerosvit flies there too
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Illiricum , there will not be a new tower
The existing one will stay put , it was just renovated by Lockheed Martin
I didnt read anywhere plans on building a new tower
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Illiricum , there will not be a new tower
The existing one will stay put , it was just renovated by Lockheed Martin
I didnt read anywhere plans on building a new tower
You just heard it from me . There will be a new tower. LM renovated all the air traffic control equipment, it did not build the tower as a building. What hochtief is going to do is take the communication systems of the curret tower and put them in the new tower they are building.

Here is the plan, together with my comments in red. The picture is taken from Hochtief Airport press releases.

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Old May 25th, 2005, 04:04 AM   #12
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aren't there alot of planes that park to the left of this picture currently?
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Old May 25th, 2005, 04:07 AM   #13
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A new rendering showing the whole terminal



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Old May 25th, 2005, 04:10 AM   #14
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It looks beautiful , the tent makes it so interesting.
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Old May 25th, 2005, 04:28 AM   #15
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I made this to show the current use of the area:

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By looking at that it means the new terminal will start from scratch a bit more on the right from the existing one?
That's interesting
What will happen to the existing tower?
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Old May 25th, 2005, 04:37 AM   #17
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^ It looks like what it is meant to be - a lovely, modern, mid-sized airport.

A quick question for you, Illiricum. I saw something in the news about the Mostar and Tuzla airports, and how they're trying to compete with Sarajevo for passengers ultimately destined for their cities. They're hoping to end the flying into Sarajevo, and then driving to the actual destination.

They had about a 30 second clip at the end explaining problems at other airports in the region. They mentioned the Pristina airport and they showed an official saying:

"We have the infrastructure, but management has been a problem. We're flying into airports that, for the most part, are in shambles and there simply has not been enough of a civilian demand to justify any investment whatsoever."

Is the airport in Pristina ahead of what currently exists in Tirana, or is this just a typical Balkan diplomat?
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Airport in Prishtina looks like crap , it's very small and doesnt even come close to Rinas of today let alone Rinas 2 years from now
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^ I imagined (and "hoped") so! Thanks!
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