The “Henri Coanda” International Airport of Bucharest (Otopeni) is on the 4th spot in the ACI Europe ranking of airports with the steepest increase in air traffic in May 2016 at the passenger traffic category 5 to 10 million a year, the National Company Bucharest Airports (CNAB) said in a release to Agerpres on Friday.
The Berlin Schoenefeld Airport holds the top position in the said category, followed by Larnaca (Cyprus) and Ibiza (Spain). Portugal’s Porto airport is ranked next after the “Henri Coanda” Bucharest Airport.
According to the cited source, the leaders in the category of airports with over 25 million passengers per year for the interval January – March 2016 are Barcelona El Prat, Dublin, Copenhagen, Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen and Amsterdam.
Top ranked at the category 10 to 25 million passengers per year are the airports of Gran Canaria (Spain), Bonn, Cologne, Budapest, Tel Aviv and Malaga, whereas the leaders at the category under 5 million passengers per year are Romania’s Oradea, followed by Palanga (Lithuania), Kharkiv (Ukraine), Ohrid (Macedonia) and Burgas (Bulgaria).
The “Henri Coanda” International Airport of Bucharest recorded in May this year 935,940 passengers and 9,204 aircraft movements (landings and takeoffs). Compared to the same period last year, the number of passengers who transited the Bucharest airport in May 2016 was by 18.9 percent higher. The evolution of the Henri Coanda passenger traffic is significantly ahead of the European overall advance of 3.6 percent.
The “Henri Coanda” Airport also recorded growth in the number of aircraft movements, outpacing yet again at this point the European average of 3.1 percent. Thus, in May the number of aircraft movements on this airport went up by 11.5 percent compared to the same period of 2015.
CNAB started operating on February 5, 2010 and provides the operational coordination and the management of the two airports of Bucharest.
CNAB was set up by the merger of the companies that were managing Bucharest’s “Henri Coanda” International Airport and the “Aurel Vlaicu” Baneasa International Airport.