The railway connection Gara de Nord - Henri Coandă Airport was inaugurated on September 21, but the trains will run frequently from December 12.
On Monday, September 21, 2020, the railway connection Gara de Nord - Henri Coandă Airport was inaugurated. President Klaus Iohannis and Prime Minister Ludovic Orban took a walk with a CFR train on the section connecting Gara de Nord with Henri Coandă Airport.
This new railway line should have been ready for EURO 2020, but we "thank" the pandemic for making the European football event postponed until 2021. Under these conditions, Romania managed to finish the railway to the debut whistle.
From the information circulated, we find out that the passenger trains will be able to run from December 12. That is, the line was inaugurated, but it is not operational in the next 2.5 months. There would be some work to be done. It is desired to make a covered pedestrian passage from the Arrivals Terminal to Otopeni Airport Station. Plus some finishes!
Normally, the journey time from North Station to Henri Coanda Airport will be 20-25 minutes. But the frequency of the trains will be between 30 and 50 minutes. For passengers to choose the train, the travel frequencies must be 20-25 minutes. Otherwise, they will definitely choose alternatives.
And the first sets will be of a private operator, not of CFR. Okay, that matters less. It is important that trains do not get in the way, especially when passengers are in a hurry to catch a plane.
In conclusion, we can say that we have a direct line Gara de Nord - Henri Coandă Airport, but it is not yet functional.