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Bucharest Henri Coand International Airport

Aeroportul Internaional Henri Coand Bucureti
Summary
Airport typePublic / Military
OperatorThe National Company "Bucharest Airports" S.A.
ServesBucharest, Romania
LocationOtopeni
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
Websitebucharestairports.ro
Map
OTP
Location within Romania
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08R/26L 3,500 11,484 Concrete
08L/26R 3,500 11,484 Concrete
Helipads
Number Length Surface
m ft
H1 3.5 11 Concrete
Statistics (2018)
Passengers13,824,830
Passengers change 201817 7.95%
Aircraft movements122,966
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.

History

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.

Terminals

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

Passenger
AirlinesDestinations
Aegean Airlines Athens
Aeroflot MoscowSheremetyevo
Air Bucharest Seasonal charter: Antalya,[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 Moldova Chiinu
Air Serbia Belgrade
Arkia Seasonal: Tel AvivBen Gurion[16]
AtlasGlobalSeasonal charter: Antalya[17]
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Blue Air[18] Bacu (ends 31 March 2019),[18] Barcelona, Beauvais, Birmingham, Bordeaux, Brussels, Catania, Cluj-Napoca, Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen, Dublin, Florence, Glasgow, Hamburg, Helsinki, Iai, Larnaca, Lisbon, Liverpool, LondonLuton, Lyon, Madrid, Málaga, MilanLinate, Naples, Nice, Oradea, OsloGardermoen, ParisCharles de Gaulle, RomeFiumicino, StockholmArlanda, Stuttgart, Tel AvivBen Gurion, Turin (ends 30 March 2019),[18] Valencia
Seasonal: Castellón, Palma de Mallorca, Timioara
Seasonal charter: Antalya,[19] Hurghada[19]
Bluebird Airways Seasonal: Tel AvivBen Gurion
British Airways LondonHeathrow
Croatia Airlines Seasonal: Zagreb[20]
Czech Airlines Prague
El Al Tel AvivBen Gurion
Eurowings Düsseldorf
flydubai DubaiInternational
Israir Airlines Seasonal: Tel AvivBen Gurion
KLM Amsterdam
Laudamotion Vienna
LOT Polish Airlines Budapest (begins 2 September 2019), Krakow (begins 2 April 2019), WarsawChopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Pegasus Airlines IstanbulSabiha Gökçen
Qatar Airways Doha
Ryanair Amman, Athens, Bergamo, BerlinSchönefeld, Bologna, Bristol, Charleroi, Dublin, LondonStansted, Madrid, Marseille, MilanMalpensa, RomeCiampino, Palermo, Paphos, Pescara, Tel AvivBen Gurion (begins 11 May 2019),[21] Timioara
Seasonal: Chania (begins 3 April 2019)
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Copenhagen, OsloGardermoen[22]
SunExpress Seasonal: Antalya
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich
TAROM[23] AmmanQueen Alia, Amsterdam, Athens, Baia Mare, Barcelona, Beirut, Belgrade, Brussels, Budapest, Cairo (begins 3 April 2019),[24] Chiinu, Cluj-Napoca, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Iai, IstanbulAtatürk, Larnaca, LondonHeathrow, Madrid, Munich, Nice, Odessa, Oradea, ParisCharles de Gaulle, Prague, RomeFiumicino, Satu Mare, Sibiu, Sofia, StockholmArlanda, Suceava, Târgu Mure, Tbilisi, Tel AvivBen Gurion, Thessaloniki, Timioara, Valencia, Vienna, Yerevan (begins 3 April 2019)[25][26]
Seasonal: Alicante
Seasonal charter: Bodrum (begins 8 June 2019)[13]
Turkish Airlines IstanbulAtatürk (ends 4 April 2019), Istanbul (begins 5 April 2019) [27]
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona
Windrose Airlines KievBoryspil[28]
Wizz Air Alghero, Alicante, Barcelona, Bari, Basel/Mulhouse, Beauvais, Bergamo, Billund, Birmingham, Bologna, Castellón (begins 3 April 2019), Catania, Charleroi, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dortmund, DubaiAl Maktoum, Eindhoven, Geneva, Hannover, Lisbon (resumes 2 April 2019 ), Liverpool,[29] LondonGatwick, LondonLuton, Madrid, Málaga, Malmö, Malta, Memmingen (resumes 2 April 2019), Naples, Nice, Nuremberg, Oslo-Sandefjord, Pisa, RomeCiampino, StockholmSkavsta, Tel AvivBen Gurion, TenerifeSouth, Treviso, Turin, Valencia, Zaragoza, WarsawChopin
Seasonal: Lamezia Terme, EilatOvda, Santander (begins 23 April 2019)[30]
Cargo
AirlinesDestinations
ASL Airlines Belgium Liège, Munich, Sofia
DHL Aviation Bergamo, Budapest, Chiinu, Treviso
UPS Airlines Cologne/Bonn, Katowice

Statistics

Passengers

In 2018, 13,824,830 passengers passed through the airport, an increase of 7.95% compared to 2017.[31]

Annual traffic
Year Passengers (total)[31] Change[31] Passengers (domestic flights) Aircraft movements[32] 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%
-
71,481
-
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%
-
122,966
-
Passenger Totals 2005-2018 (millions)
2018
Month Passengers[31] 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 Carriers
1 Cluj Airport
289,665
493,956
Blue Air, TAROM, Wizz Air
2 Timioara Airport
219,070
356,684
Ryanair, TAROM
3 Iai Airport
285,085
297,879
Blue Air, TAROM
Sources:Eurostat,[33] INSSE[34]
Busiest routes at Henri Coand Airport
City Airport(s) Weekly Departures
(Winter 2018)[35]
Airlines
London Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport, Luton Airport, Stansted Airport
60
Blue Air, British Airways, Ryanair, TAROM, Wizz Air
Vienna Vienna Airport
49
Austrian Airlines, Laudamotion, TAROM
Timioara Traian Vuia Airport
44
Ryanair, TAROM
Cluj Cluj Airport
42
Blue Air, TAROM
Iai Iai Airport
42
Blue Air, TAROM
Paris BeauvaisTillé Airport, Charles de Gaulle Airport
41
Air France, Blue Air, TAROM, Wizz Air
Istanbul Atatürk Airport, Sabiha Gökçen Airport
40
Pegasus Airlines, TAROM, Turkish Airlines
Rome Fiumicino Airport, Ciampino Airport
36
Blue Air, Ryanair, TAROM, Wizz Air
Munich Munich Airport
33
Lufthansa, TAROM
Tel Aviv Tel Aviv Airport
31
Blue Air, El Al, TAROM, Wizz Air
Milan Il Caravaggio International Airport, Milan Linate Airport, MilanMalpensa Airport
30
Blue Air, Ryanair, Wizz Air
Brussels Brussels Airport, Brussels South Charleroi Airport
29
Blue Air, Ryanair, TAROM, Wizz Air
Amsterdam Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
28
KLM, TAROM
Frankfurt Frankfurt Airport
28
Lufthansa, TAROM
Chiinu Chiinu Airport
28
TAROM, Air Moldova
Athens Athens International Airport
24
Aegean Airlines, Ryanair, TAROM
Warsaw Warsaw Chopin Airport
24
LOT Polish Airlines, Wizz Air
Madrid Madrid Airport
21
Blue Air, Ryanair, TAROM, Wizz Air
Barcelona BarcelonaEl Prat Airport
15
Blue Air, TAROM, Wizz Air
Oradea Oradea International Airport
15
Blue Air, TAROM
Sofia Sofia Airport
15
TAROM

Ground transportation

Rail

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.[36] The next phase of the expansion aims to locate the train station in the airport itself.

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.[37]

Bus

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, and the 783 route provides express bus service to the city center (Piaa Unirii).[38]

Car

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.

Taxi

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.[39]

Uber and Taxify are also available at the airport.

Incidents and accidents

See also

References

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