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Otopeni Airport has new terminal following EUR 60 M investment

Modernisation will continue, PM Boc says.

The Bucharest Airports National Company opened yesterday a new terminal that will increase the capacity of the Henri Coanda Airport to 6 million passengers until 2012, upon a total investment worth EUR 60 M, B365.ro informs.


Last year, Romanian officials hoped to open the terminal in November 2010, in view of Romania’s accession to the Schengen Zone.


The building, called ‘The Finger Terminal,’ actually is an expansion of the old Departures terminal. The new terminal covers 16,600 square metres, has 24 boarding gates, including 14 equipped with boarding bridges, four VIP lounges and 104 check-in desks. The modernisation works of arrival and departure terminals are financed via two bank loans taken from BRD and BCR, for a 10-year interval. The number of boarding/deplaning bridges has increased from 5 to 14.


Shaped as a violin by an Italian architect specialised in airport design, the new terminal is part of the 3rd development phase of the Henri Coanda Airport of Otopeni, near Bucharest – Romania’s main airport.


Attending the inauguration of the terminal, Premier Emil Boc said that, “by completing the airport expansion works, Romania technically meets the conditions imposed by the accession to Schengen.” The chief of the Executive added that the development and modernisation programme of the Henri Coanda Airport will continue, as its last phase is scheduled for completion next year.


The first travelers that used the new terminal, including PSD MEP Daciana Sarbu, were issued a certificate of “first passengers” and were greeted by PM Boc with a warm “Welcome home!”, though many of them were foreigners, according to Mediafax.


The opening of the terminal was also attended by the ministers of Transport, and Interior. The first plane that arrived here was a Tarom flight from Brussels.


BOAGIU: OTOPENI AIRPORT TRAFFIC TO RISE TO 7.5 M PASSENGERS NEXT YEAR


Traffic on the Henri Coanda – Otopeni Airport is expected to rise to 7.5 M passengers next year from the estimated total of 5.25 M in 2011, Transport Minister Anca Boagiu stated during the opening of the second terminal of the airport, yesterday. By 2012, Otopeni traffic might reach 12 M passengers, the minister added, according to Mediafax.


The combined traffic on the Baneasa and Otopeni Airports is set to amount to 7.25 M passengers this year and 8.27 M next year. ‘The investment is economically, politically and geo-strategically justified. We are at the point where we can say that Otopeni is beginning to become a regional hub,’ Boagiu said.


The General Manager of the Bucharest Airports National Company, Tudor Jidav, said the rates for air operators would be kept to ‘reasonable’ values and that the revenue from the lease of shopping area would grow.


HENRI COANDA AIRPORT SEEKS INCOMES WORTH EUR 1.5 M IN 2011


The commercial areas located inside the second terminal at Otopeni will bring incomes estimated at EUR 1.5 M this year – a sum that might increase to EUR 3.19 M by 2015, airport spokesman Valentin Iordache announced. Forecasts show that, depending on the number of passengers, the incomes generated by commercial areas should reach EUR 5.12 M in 2020, Iordache added.


In October 2010, the Bucharest Airports National Company signed an association contract with the local subsidiaries of Autogrill (Italy) and Millenium-Heinemann (Germany) that have travel dining and retail activities, which will operate inside the new terminal.

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