TOP 10 Airports in Romania after passenger traffic from 2017

Passenger air traffic is increasing at airports in Romania. The most obvious airport is the Henri Coandă International Airport, Bucharest. But let's see what the numbers are on the other airports in the country.

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Year 2017 proved to be a very good one for commercial aviation in Romania. According to the Romanian Airports Association, the total passenger traffic increased in 2017 with 23% compared to the year 2016.

20 284 022 passengers passed through airports in Romania

Thus, 20 284 022 passengers passed through airports in Romania, with 3 850 061 more than 2016. For those interested, in 2016 16 433 961 passengers were registered at the Romanian airports.

In 2017, the busiest airport in Romania is Henri Coandă International Airport, which has managed to serve 12 804 191 passengers. We are curious how things will evolve in 2018, when we will have new routes, new carriers and frequency increases on many routes.

But let's see the top 10 airports in Romania by number of registered passengers. There are some pleasant surprises, reversals of situations and big ambitions.

TOP 10 Airports in Romania

Ranking Cod
IATA
The name of the airport
and the city served
County Number of passengers 2015 Number of passengers 2016 Number of passengers 2017
1 OTP Bucharest Henri Coandă Ilfov 9274629 10979501 (1) 12804191
2 CLJ Cluj-Napoca Someșeni Cluj 1 485 652 1 880 000 (2) 2 688 731
3 TSR Timisoara Traian Vuia Timis 924 459 1 160 167 (3) 1 621 529
4 IAS Iaşi Iaşi 381 000 882 628(4) 1 147 040
5 SBZ Sibiu International Sibiu 276 533 390 417(6) 503 906
6 CRA Craiova Dolj 116 813 221 935(8) 447 571
7 BCM Bacau Bacau 364 727 414 987(5) 425 733
8 SCV Suceava Suceava 2 359 57 226(10) 262 165
9 OMR Oradea city Bihor 8118 41 875(11) 162 902
10 CND Constanta Kogălniceanu Constanta 78 556 94 594(9) 121 431
11 SUJ Satu Mare Satu Mare 17 212 23 796(12) 60 795
12 ARW Arad Arad 8 530 0 (16) 11 282
13 BBU Bucharest Baneasa Bucureşti 12 925 5 375(13) 5 645
14 TCE Tulcea Tulcea 394 1 057(14) 4 232
15 TGM Târgu Mureș Vidrasău Mureş 336 694 287 621(7) 748
16 BAY Baia Mare Maramures 17 169 0 (15) 44

Personally, a surprise comes from the airport in Tulcea, which registered 4 232 of passengers. Thus, it is no longer the "black sheep" of Romania.

But the biggest surprises come from the airports in Oradea and Suceava, which have experienced fabulous growth. Oradea International Airport recorded 162 902 of passengers (41 875 in 2016), while the airport in Suceava reported 262 165 (57 226 in 2016).

Sibiu airport climbed to 5

We see a reversal of the situation in the middle of the ranking. Sibiu Airport climbed to the 5 place, while Bacau Airport went down to the 7 position. The airport in Craiova climbed to the position of 6, another beautiful surprise of the year 2017.

Another notable surprise comes from Arad airport. In 2017, 11 282 passengers were registered. We mention that in 2016 the result was 0!

At the bottom of the ranking we find 2 airports, once very frequented by passengers, Târgu Mureș Airport and Baia Mare Airport. Both were closed for repair / modernization. It is expected that they will be open from the 2018 summer season.

Parallel 45 has already announced the charter flights on the route Târgu Mureș - Antalya. They will debut on 11 June 2018. We are waiting to see what other flights will be resumed from Târgu Mureș Transilvania Airport.

Not in the table is the Tuzla International Airport, which has registered 16 077 passenger traffic, increasing compared to 2016. Even if it is open to international passenger and freight traffic from 2013 through Order no. 1.133, Tuzla airport does not have regular passenger flights. It is focused on special flights, charters, school flights.

This airport is the host of the first integrated (aero-naval) professional search-and-rescue service in Romania.

That said, we expect a more dynamic 2018 on the Romanian market.

Clear sky!

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