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Bucharest Henri Coand International Airport

Aeroportul Internaional Henri Coand Bucureti
Airport typePublic / Military
OperatorThe National Company "Bucharest Airports" S.A.
ServesBucharest, Romania
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL314 ft / 96 m
Coordinates44°3416N 026°0506E / 44.57111°N 26.08500°E / 44.57111; 26.08500Coordinates: 44°3416N 026°0506E / 44.57111°N 26.08500°E / 44.57111; 26.08500
Location within Romania
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08R/26L 3,500 11,484 Concrete
08L/26R 3,500 11,484 Concrete
Number Length Surface
m ft
H1 3.5 11 Concrete
Statistics (2018)
Passengers change 201918 7.95%
Aircraft movements124,396
Sources: Romanian AIP at Eurocontrol,[1] bucharestairports.ro[2]

Bucharest Henri Coand International Airport (Romanian: Aeroportul Internaional Henri Coand Bucureti) (IATA: OTP, ICAO: LROP) is Romania's busiest international airport, located in Otopeni, 16.5 km (10.3 mi) north of Bucharest's city centre.[1] It is currently one of two airports serving the capital of Romania. The other is Aurel Vlaicu Airport, which no longer serves scheduled passenger traffic.

The airport is named after Romanian flight pioneer Henri Coand, builder of Coand-1910 aircraft and discoverer of the Coand effect of fluidics. Prior to May 2004, the official name was Bucharest Otopeni International Airport (Romanian: Aeroportul Internaional Bucureti Otopeni). Henri Coand International Airport serves as headquarters for TAROM, the country's national airline.[3] It also serves as a base of operations for low-cost airlines Blue Air, Ryanair and Wizz Air. It is managed by The National Company Bucharest Airports S.A. (Compania Naional Aeroporturi Bucureti S.A.).[4] The military section of the airport is used by the 90th Airlift Flotilla of the Romanian Air Force.


Early years

During World War II, the airport in Otopeni was used as an airbase by the German Air Force. Until 1965, it was a major airfield for the Romanian Air Force, with Bneasa Airport serving as Bucharest's commercial airport. In 1965, with the growth of air traffic, the Otopeni airbase was converted to a commercial airport. The runway was modernized and extended to 3,500 metres (11,500 ft) from the previous 1,200 metres (3,900 ft), making it one of the longest in Europe at that time.[5]

In August 1969, when United States President Nixon visited Romania, a VIP lounge was inaugurated. A new passenger terminal (designed by Cezar Lzrescu), with a capacity of 1,200,000 passengers per year, was opened on 13 April 1970, for domestic and international flights.[5] An improvement program added a second runway in 1986, expanding capacity to 35 aircraft movements per hour.[5]

In 1992, Otopeni Airport became a regular member of Airports Council International (ACI).

Expansion since the 1990s

The first stage of the plan (Phase I), taking place between 1994 and 1998, involved the construction a new departures terminal and of a new airside concourse with five jetways and nine gates (referred to as 'the Finger') as well as the extension of airport ramps and of their associated taxiways.[6]

The second phase (labeled Phase II/IIe) of the plan led to the construction of a terminal dedicated to domestic flights and of a multi-story car park (2003), the complete overhaul of the control tower (between 20052007) as well as the transformation of the old terminal building in a dedicated arrivals hall (in 2000). During the same phase, two high-speed taxiways (Victor and Whiskey) were constructed. Phase II was completed in 2007.[6]

The third stage of the plan (Phase III), which started in 2009, involved the extension of the airside concourse ('the Finger') with 15 new gates (nine of which have jetways), as well as the expansion of the Departure Hall (with 8 new gates). The airside concourse extension, designed by Studio Capelli Architettura & Associati, and measuring 17,000 square metres (200,000 sq ft), was inaugurated on 29 March 2011.[6][7] It was followed, in November 2012, by the extension of the Departure Hall to a total area of 38,600 square metres (400,000 sq ft).[8][9]

In March 2012, all air traffic except for business air traffic was transferred from Aurel Vlaicu International Airport (at that time Bucharest's low-cost hub) to Henri Coand International Airport.


The airport's facilities consist of a single terminal with three main facilities (colloquially referred to as "Terminals"): the Departures Hall/Terminal, the Arrivals Hall/Terminal, and the Finger Terminal (the airside concourse).[10] A walkway with shops connects the departures and arrivals buildings. The airside concourse is organized in two (domestic and international) passengers flows.[11] The entire terminal has 104 check-in desks, 38 gates (of which 14 are equipped with jetways),[8] and a total floor area of 86,000 square metres (930,000 sq ft).[5][7][9]

Future development

Beyond Phase III, a new terminal building (Henri Coand 2) at the eastern end of the current location is envisaged. Henri Coand 2 will be of a modular design, consisting of four separate buildings, each capable of handling 5 million passengers annually. Each module will be built as traffic demands dictate. By 2030, Terminal 2 alone should be able to handle the expected volume of 20 million passengers per year. The terminal will be directly connected to the A3 motorway, to the railway system, and to the Bucharest Metro system through Metro Line 6.[12] However, the plans might get delayed due to funding problems. There is a chance however that, if funds can be allocated in time, the airport can open its new terminal by 2030.

Airlines and destinations

Aegean Airlines Athens
Aeroflot MoscowSheremetyevo
Air Bucharest Seasonal charter: Antalya,[13] DubaiAl Maktoum,[13] Enfidha,[13] Hurghada,[13] Sharm El Sheikh[13]
Air Canada Rouge Seasonal: MontréalTrudeau, TorontoPearson[14][15]
Air France ParisCharles de Gaulle
Air Malta Seasonal: Malta
Air Serbia Belgrade
Arkia Seasonal: Tel Aviv[16]
AtlasGlobalSeasonal charter: Antalya[17]
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Blue Air[18] Barcelona, Birmingham, Bordeaux, Brussels, Catania, Cluj-Napoca, Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen, Dublin, Florence, Glasgow, Hamburg, Helsinki, Iai, Larnaca, Lisbon, Liverpool, LondonLuton, Lyon, Madrid, Málaga, MilanMalpensa, Munich (begins 15 June 2020),[19] Naples, Nice, OsloGardermoen, ParisCharles de Gaulle, RomeFiumicino, StockholmArlanda, Stuttgart, Tel Aviv, Valencia
Seasonal: Castellón, Palma de Mallorca, Timioara
Seasonal charter: Antalya,[20] Hurghada[20]
Bluebird Airways Seasonal: Tel Aviv
British Airways LondonHeathrow
Corendon Airlines Antalya
Croatia Airlines Seasonal: Zagreb[21]
Czech Airlines Prague
El Al Tel Aviv
Eurowings Düsseldorf, Stuttgart (begins 21 May 2020)[22]
flydubai DubaiInternational
Iberia Express Seasonal: Madrid
Israir Airlines Seasonal: Tel Aviv
KLM Amsterdam
Lauda Vienna
LOT Polish Airlines Budapest (begins 30 March 2020),[23] WarsawChopin
Seasonal: Krakow[24]
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Pegasus Airlines IstanbulSabiha Gökçen
Qatar Airways Doha
Ryanair AmmanQueen Alia, Athens, Bergamo, BerlinSchönefeld, Bologna, Bristol, Charleroi, Dublin, Edinburgh, LondonSouthend, LondonStansted, Madrid, Marseille, MilanMalpensa, Palermo, Paphos, Pescara, Pisa, RomeCiampino, Tel Aviv, Timioara
Seasonal: Chania, Kavala (begins 6 June 2020)[25]
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Copenhagen, OsloGardermoen[26]
SunExpress Seasonal: Antalya
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich
TAROM[27] AmmanQueen Alia, Amsterdam, Athens, Baia Mare, Barcelona, Beirut, Belgrade, Brussels, Budapest, Cairo, Chiinu, Cluj-Napoca, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Iai, Istanbul, LondonHeathrow, Madrid, Munich, Nice, Odessa, Oradea, ParisCharles de Gaulle, Prague, RomeFiumicino, Satu Mare, Sibiu, Sofia, StockholmArlanda, Suceava, Tbilisi, Tel Aviv, Thessaloniki, Timioara, Vienna, Yerevan
Seasonal: Alicante, Larnaca, Lyon, Turin, Valencia
Seasonal charter: Antalya, Bodrum, Corfu, Rhodes, Skiathos, TenerifeSouth, Zakynthos
Turkish Airlines Istanbul
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona
Windrose Airlines KievBoryspil[28]
Seasonal: Ivano-Frankivsk[29]
Wizz Air Alghero, Alicante, Barcelona, Bari, Basel/Mulhouse, Beauvais, Bergamo, Billund, Birmingham, Bologna, Castellón, Catania, Charleroi, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dortmund, DubaiAl Maktoum, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Geneva, Hannover, Lisbon, Liverpool, LondonGatwick, LondonLuton, LondonSouthend, Lyon (begins 2 June 2020),[30] Madrid, Málaga, Malmö, Malta, Memmingen, Naples, Nice, Nuremberg, Pisa, Prague (begins 1 July 2020),[31] RomeCiampino, Sandefjord, Santander, Seville (begins 4 July 2020),[31] St Petersburg (begins 1 July 2020), StockholmSkavsta, Tel Aviv, TenerifeSouth, Treviso, Turin, Valencia, WarsawChopin, Zaragoza
Seasonal: Eilat
ASL Airlines Belgium Ličge, Munich, Sofia
DHL Aviation Bergamo, Budapest, Chiinu, Treviso
UPS Airlines Cologne/Bonn, Katowice



In 2018, 13,824,830 passengers passed through the airport, an increase of 7.95% compared to 2017.[32]

Annual traffic
Year Passengers (total)[32] Change[32] Passengers (domestic flights) Aircraft movements[33] Cargo (tonnes)
2005 2,972,799
49,593 16,887
2006 3,497,938 17.6%
55,056 18,089
2007 4,937,683 41.1% 410,916 67,372 17,423
2008 5,063,555 2.5% 497,208 69,916 22,464
2009 4,480,765 11.5% 496,391 69,692 21,585
2010 4,916,964 9.7%
2011 5,049,443 2.7%
2012 7,120,024 41%
98,600 26,493
2013 7,643,467 7.3%
86,730 28,432
2014 8,316,705 8.8%
91,788 29,193
2015 9,282,884 11.6% 502,928 97,218 31,421
2016 10,982,967 18.3% 872,915 108,285 34,125
2017 12,804,191 16.6% 1,289,596 116,718 37,415
2018 13,824,830 7.95%
2019 14,697,239 6.34%
Passenger Totals 2005-2018 (millions)
Month Passengers[32] Change (20172018) Passengers Cumulatively
January 907,630 7.1% 907,630
February 847,200 4.7% 1,754,830
March 1,005,602 6.7% 2,760,432
April 1,139,852 9% 3,900,284
May 1,182,105 7.2% 5,082,389
June 1,254,710 7.4% 6,337,099
July 1,394,908 8.9% 7,732,007
August 1,424,175 7.9% 9,156,182
September 1,339,889 8.2% 10,496,071
October 1,238,860 7.3% 11,734,931
November 1,063,278 11.1% 12,798,209
December 1,026,621  % 13,824,830
Busiest routes
Busiest Domestic Routes from Henri Coand International Airport
Rank Airport Passengers 2016 Passengers 2017 Passengers 2018 Carriers
1 Cluj Airport
Blue Air, TAROM
2 Timioara Airport
Ryanair, TAROM
3 Iai Airport
Blue Air, TAROM
Sources:Eurostat,[34] INSSE[35]
Busiest routes at Henri Coand Airport
City Airport(s) Weekly Departures
(Summer 2020)[36]
London Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport, Luton Airport, Stansted Airport, London Southend Airport
Blue Air, British Airways, Ryanair, TAROM, Wizz Air
Paris BeauvaisTillé Airport, Charles de Gaulle Airport
Air France, Blue Air, TAROM, Wizz Air
Vienna Vienna Airport
Austrian Airlines, Laudamotion, TAROM
Tel Aviv Tel Aviv Airport
Arkia, Blue Air, Bluebird Airways, El Al, Ryanair, Israir Airlines, TAROM, Wizz Air
Rome Fiumicino Airport, Ciampino Airport
Blue Air, Ryanair, TAROM, Wizz Air
Cluj Cluj Airport
Blue Air, TAROM
Timioara Timisoara Traian Vuia Airport
Ryanair, TAROM
Istanbul Istanbul Airport, Sabiha Gökçen Airport
Pegasus Airlines, TAROM, Turkish Airlines
Iai Iai Airport
Blue Air, TAROM
Brussels Brussels Airport, Brussels South Charleroi Airport
Blue Air, Ryanair, TAROM, Wizz Air
Amsterdam Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
Frankfurt Frankfurt Airport
Lufthansa, TAROM
Munich Munich Airport
Lufthansa, TAROM
Milan Il Caravaggio International Airport, MilanMalpensa Airport
Blue Air, Ryanair, Wizz Air
Athens Athens International Airport
Aegean Airlines, Ryanair, TAROM
Madrid Madrid Airport
Blue Air, Iberia Express (seasonal), Ryanair, TAROM, Wizz Air
Warsaw Warsaw Chopin Airport
LOT Polish Airlines, Wizz Air
Barcelona BarcelonaEl Prat Airport
Blue Air, TAROM, Vueling (seasonal), Wizz Air
Chiinu Chiinu Airport
Budapest Budapest Airport
LOT Polish Airlines, TAROM,
Suceava Suceava International Airport
Belgrade Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport
Air Serbia, TAROM
Oradea Oradea International Airport
Prague Prague Airport
Czech Airlines, TAROM, Wizz Air
Moscow Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport
Doha Doha Hamad International Airport
Qatar Airways
Larnaca Larnaca Airport
Blue Air, TAROM
Sofia Sofia Airport

Ground transportation


A direct train service to the main railway station, Gara de Nord, runs from the Airport railway station, about 900 meters from the airport. Shuttle buses connect this station with the departures and arrivals halls; the tickets are valid for the train and for the transfer bus.[37] As of June 2019, works are being carried out to locate the station in front of the arrivals terminal. By 2020 a trip from Gara de Nord to the airport should take no more than 20 minutes.[38]

By 2025, Bucharest Metro Line M6 should open, connecting the airport to the Gara de Nord (Bucharest North) train station, and integrating the airport into the Bucharest Metro network.[39]


Henri Coand Airport is connected to the public transport company STB system. The 780 route provides express bus service to Gara de Nord and Gara Basarab railway stations in Bucharest, the 782 route provides a short service to Baneasa Commercial Complex and the routes 783 and 784 provide express bus service to the city center (Piaa Unirii).[40]


The airport is 16.5 km (10.3 mi) north of central Bucharest, to which it is connected by route DN1. The A3 motorway will connect the future terminal 2 and the city.


As of May 2013, taxis serving Henri Coand Airport can be ordered using a touch screen system in the arrivals terminal, allowing the taxi drivers to enter the pick-up area. This measure was taken after many complaints from passengers who were being ripped off when using illegal, high-price taxis.[41]

Uber and Bolt are also available at the airport.

Incidents and accidents

See also


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