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March 4, 2021
BUSINESS

Baneasa Airport disappears from Transport Master Plan

Transport Minister Ioan Rus wants AECOM (the American company that drafter the Transport Master Plan) to explain the fact that it did not include the Baneasa Airport in the document, and talked at the debate on the air projects included in the document about the possibility of building a new airport in Bucharest.
“A question refers to the Baneasa Airport. Today it is included as the Bucharest-Baneasa Airport and then in 2020 it is no longer on the map. Have we killed it in the meantime? We should know from now because Romaero is there, ongoing investments are there,” Radu Merica, President of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association of Romania and former chairman of the National Bucharest Airports Company’s (CNAB) administrative council, stated.
Present at the event, Valentin Iordache, Director of Communications and Public Relations within CNAB, a company that manages the Otopeni and Baneasa Airports, has stated that he is convinced that a revision will be operated soon in what concerns the Baneasa Airport and that the Master Plan includes other erroneous information too.
The Baneasa-Aurel Vlaicu airport currently services light, utility, training and humanitarian flights, after the low cost airlines that operated there were transferred to Otopeni in 2012.
Minister Ioan Rus stated that Bucharest will keep its two airports and talked about the need to build a new one. The idea of building a new airport for Bucharest dates back several years ago, without the authorities starting such a project. One of the locations rumored was Adunatii Copaceni in Giurgiu County.

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