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September 26, 2021
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New Otopeni departures terminal became operational

The project cost EUR 52 M, the funds coming from the Bucharest National Airports Company’s own sources, and was designed to meet the Schengen demands.

The Henri Coanda (Otopeni) Airport’s new departures terminal was inaugurated yesterday in the presence of Prime Minister Victor Ponta and Transportation Minister Ovidiu Silaghi. “I hope Otopeni Airport will be a European one and the investment made here will prove to be one of the most profitable. Anyone that uses this airport should be able to say that he has arrived in Europe,” the Head of Government stated during the event. Construction works started in July 2011 and were finalized in a record 17 months. The new terminal has several stores, restaurants and bars covering a surface of approximately 400 square meters. Likewise, the platform for auto vehicles and buses has been reconfigured and resized and the public parking lot has gained room for 244 vehicles. The value of the investment stood at EUR 52 M, the funds coming from the Bucharest National Airports Company’s own sources.The construction of the terminal is part of Stage III of the programme on developing and modernizing the Henri Coanda International Airport. On the 19,600 square meters that were newly built the passengers and companies can use high-performing facilities and superior services supported by the latest technology and integrated into a modern and expressive design. The terminal was designed to meet the demands imposed by Romania’s Schengen accession, at the same time servicing all internal flights whose passengers have high class services at their disposal, including a VIP room located next to the boarding gates. The new terminal doubles the airport’s capacity, adding another 52 check-in counters, and gives passengers the possibility of using 8 new “self check-in” counters. The luggage control service uses the best systems in use, ensuring one of the highest security levels. Starting today TAROM is moving all of its internal flights to the new terminal. On March 25 the Otopeni Airport took over Baneasa Airport’s low-cost flights, passenger traffic thus growing by 45 per cent inbound and by 30 per cent outbound.

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