"Avram Iancu" International Airport Cluj, increase of 26% in 2015

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2015 was also a very good year for the "Avram Iancu" International Airport in Cluj, which reported an increase of 26% compared to the previous year, being transited by 1 passengers. The number of aircraft movements also increased by approximately 485%, with 652 landings and takeoffs.

"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)

 DestinationNumber of passengers
1.London Luton194.250
2.Bucharest Otopeni171.491
4.Milan Bergamo95.151
5.Paris Beauvais92.384
Photo: Ovidiu T. Vereș
Photo: Ovidiu T. Vereș

As can be seen, the route Bucharest - Cluj 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 air operator to break the monopoly held by TAROM and to fly between Bucharest and Cluj.

If prices fell, as happened on the route Bucharest - Iasi, we believe that the route Bucharest - Cluj 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 who travel by train, bus or car. Rumors in the market point to Ryanair or Blue Air, one of the airlines with the potential to enter Bucharest - Cluj.

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The year 2016 is announced to be quite good for the "Avram Iancu" International Airport in Cluj. New routes are expected: LOT will operate Cluj - Warsaw (Poland, March 30, 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.

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