Romania to have direct flights to US, China by year-end

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Minister for Business Milieu, Trade and Entrepreneurship Ilan Laufer and Transports Minister Razvan Cuc discussed on Monday the investment projects in infrastructure, one of the important topics being the relaunch of the long-haul flights to the United States of America and China.

“Transports Minister Razvan Cuc confirmed to me today in a working meeting that by year-end we shall have direct flights to the US and China,” Business Minister Ilan Laufer wrote on his Facebook page.

In his turn, the Transports Minister, Razvan Cuc stressed on the same social network that the reopening of these flights will be an impetus for Romania’s investments.

“I have talked today with Ilan Laufer about the investment projects in infrastructure we could introduce, as fast as possible, in public-private partnership. I have agreed, together with my colleague, that these investments in infrastructure will draw the foreign companies to our country, and not only from the European Union, but also from the non-EU countries. I wish a solid economy, and the reopening of the long-haul Tarom flights Romania-US and Romania-China will boost investments in our country. The talks we had at the Transports Ministry do prepare the ‘Trade Winds 2017’ summit due this October in Bucharest, where over 150 US top companies interested in investing in Romania will be participating,” Razvan Cuc specified.

Apart from this, in May, when the two Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft called “Sarmizegetusa” and “The Great Union” were delivered to national airline Tarom, the Transports Minister was announcing that by the end of the year another two long-haul airplanes will be received to operate on new routes to China and the US.

“We don’t have yet clearance for Beijing or the US, because it is useless to pay overflight fees as long as you don’t operate, but we’ll obtain them. (…) The problem is that this company should define itself, to know what kind of modus operandi it will have, whether it will be a legacy-type national company or a company that will try to face competition, which you know well how it deals with things. Basically, after defining this strategy, the types of aircraft (to be purchased – ed. n.) will be decided upon,” Tarom managing director Eugen Davidoiu explained back then.