Timişoara "Traian Vuia" International (IATA: TSR, ICAO: LRTR) is Romania's third airport in terms of air traffic, after Bucharest "Henri Coandă" and Bucharest "Aurel Vlaicu" Airport and the main air transportation hub for the western part of Romania. It is located in Timişoara, in the region of Banat, near the Hungarian and Serbian border. The airport was renamed on February 6, 2003 in memory of Traian Vuia, a Romanian flight pioneer and a Timiş County native.
Timişoara's first airport (Timişoara Communal Airport) was built a few kilometers away from the current airport's position, in the town of Moşniţa Veche. The first airplane landed there on July 17, 1935. The airport was rebuilt on its current position in the 1960s. The domestic flights terminal was opened in 1964. In 1980 the airport received International Airport status.
In 2009, the airport served 956,897 passengers, an increase of 7.5% compared to 2008, and is expected to reach the first million passengers in the following years. TSR is one of the four airports in Romania capable of handling jumbo jets, the main airport for the Danube-Kris-Mures-Tisza euroregion and it serves as an alternate airport for Bucharest Henri Coandă Airport, Aurel Vlaicu International Airport, Belgrade Airport and Budapest Airport.
Year Passengers Aircraft movements
2001 250,808 8,579
2002 269,347 11,362
2003 332,164 16,349
2004 403,050 18,280
2005 611,705 22,716
2006 753,934 24,817
2007 861,171 25,320
2008 890,137 27,100
2009 956,897 27,642
Access to the airport is possible from the European road DN6(E70). The airport is located in the N-E part of Timişoara, at a 12 km distance from the city centre, near Ghiroda village. The RATT Express 4 (E4) connects the terminal to Timişoara city centre.
Taxis and car rental agencies are available, too.