Current there is only one International airport in Albanian airport which has commercial schedule and charter flights arriving, this is obviously the airport by Tirana, but soon further airports will be available, in the northeastern part of Albanian south of the city Kukës the airport has recently been upgraded with a 1800 long asphalt runway, so it is likely that commercial traffic could start from this airport in 2017. Also the small airport by Shkodër is like to get and upgrade soon, so that commercial traffic could be flying to this airport from around 2018.
Tirana Airport – IATA code TIA – (~ 2 Mio passengers)
The common name for the airport by Tirana is Rinas airport or Tirana International Airport Nënë Terezat, the airport is located about 18 km northwest of Tirana center. The cheapest way of getting to town, is to take the Rinas Express Bus which has hourly service from 6am to 6pm, the trip to the center takes about 30 minutes. The companies Adria airways, Mistral Air, Ablawings, Alitalia and Blu-express has the Tirana airport as focos airport, in total more than 20 airlines has routes to Tirana airport. If you need to continue your travel to cities like Durres, Shkoder, Vlore you can do so from the bus station in Tirana, which has connection to most of the country.
Other airports in Albania:
In additional to the above mentioned airports there are airports with grass runways near the cities Sarandë, Gjirokastër, Korçë, currently there is no plans to upgrade any of these.
Alternative airports when flying to Albania:
If you are travelling to the northern part of Albania e.g to Shkodër, flying to Podgorica airport might be an alternative to consider.
If you are travelling to the eastern part of the country e.g. to Pogradec or Korçë, the airport in Ohrid might be an alternative to consider.
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From Tirana airport to the southern part of Albania e.g Sarandë there is about 300 km, which is a 5-6 hour drive, so could check if flying to Corfu Airport in Greece, would shorten the trip.