Cluj Avram Iancu International Airport, an increase of 26% in 2015
2015 was a very good year also for the "Avram Iancu" Cluj International Airport, which reported an increase of 26% over the previous year, being passed by 1 485 652 passengers. The number of aircraft movements also increased by approximately 15%, with 14.667 landings and takeoffs being recorded.
"Avram Iancu" Cluj registered an increase of 26%
In the 2015 year, the most frequented regular destinations are: London Luton (194.250 passengers), Bucharest Otopeni (171.491 passengers), Munich (131.384 passengers), Milan Bergamo (95.151 passengers) and Paris Beauvais (92.384).
Top 5 regular destinations - 2015 (by number of passengers)
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As can be seen, the Bucharest - Cluj route had over 170 passengers, the TAROM planes being almost full. It is one of the best domestic routes in Romania and we expect a second airline operator to break the TAROM monopoly and to fly between Bucharest and Cluj.
If prices were to fall, as happened on the Bucharest - Iasi route, we believe that the Bucharest - Cluj route could reach 300 passengers. Many would like to fly between the two cities and economic centers, but often the tariffs charged by TAROM are above their budgets.
Today, there are still many people traveling by train, bus or car. Market rumors point to Ryanair or Blue Air, one of the airline operators with the potential to enter Bucharest - Cluj.
Year 2016 announces a pretty good one for Cluj Avram Iancu International Airport. New routes are expected: LOT will operate Cluj - Warsaw (Poland, 30 March 2016), Blue Air will fly to Dublin (Ireland, 4 June 2016) and Liverpool (England, 3 June 2016), and Wizz Air announced the opening of 5 new destinations - Memmingen (Germany, 15 February 2016), Berlin-Schoenefeld (Germany, 22 July 2016), Doncaster Sheffield (England, 22 July 2016), Billund (Denmark, 23 July 2016) and Alicante (Spain, 24 July 2016).
For 2016, the route network of Cluj International Airport will reach 33 of destinations, an internal one and 32 external, and the passenger traffic is estimated at 1.7 million passengers, an increase of 14% compared to 2015. But the year is just beginning and we do not exclude to see new routes and even new operators in Cluj.