Metrorex, the operator of the Bucharest metro network, signed with the consortium of Padeco (Japan)/Oriental Consultants (Japan)/Metroul SA Romania/Seneca Group International/Systra (France) a contract worth EUR 66.6 M for consultancy in view of building a new metro line to service the Otopeni Airport, which will become operational in 2017-2018, Mediafax informs. “The construction will probably begin in 2013 and will spread on maximum 7 years,” general manager of Metrorex, Gheorghe Udriste announced. In a first phase, the consultant will revise for two months the feasibility study made in 2008, rethinking the route and the number of stations, in order to make the project cost efficient. The new line will be 14 km long and, depending on the results of the feasibility study, will have between 10 and 14 stations, serviced by 10 trains. The connection with the Otopeni Airport will be the sixth metro main line and will come at an estimated cost of EUR 800 M, VAT exclusive. The investment will be financed with a credit of EUR 320 M provided by Japan, via the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), plus money from the state budget and other financing sources that will be identified in the future. A check-in area will be arranged in the Gara de Nord 2 metro station for the passengers of the two airports, Baneasa and Otopeni.