Arad International Airport

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Arad International Airport
Aeroportul Internațional Arad
Arad 09 approach.JPG
IATA: ARWICAO: LRAR
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Arad County Council
Serves Arad, Romania
Elevation AMSL 352 ft / 107 m
Coordinates 46°10′36″N 21°15′43″E / 46.17667°N 21.26194°E / 46.17667; 21.26194Coordinates: 46°10′36″N 21°15′43″E / 46.17667°N 21.26194°E / 46.17667; 21.26194
Website www.aeroportularad.ro
Map
ARW is located in Romania
ARW
ARW
Location within Romania
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 2,000 6,561 Concrete
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 39,901
Aircraft movements 2,442
Source: Romanian AIP at EUROCONTROL,[1] Statistics[2]

Arad International Airport (IATA: ARWICAO: LRAR) is located 4 km (2.5 mi) west[1] of Arad, in western Romania, in the historical region of Crișana. The airport is located only 60 km (37 mi) north of Timişoara Airport. Arad International Airport also has a cargo terminal, the largest and most modern in western Romania. It is located at 250 km from Budapest and 300 km from Belgrad. It’s located near the border with Hungary, at only 30 km from the closest point for crossing the border - Turnu and 20 km away from the closest railway point for crossing the border - Curtici. The airport also serves as the SMURD regional air ambulance base for the 5 western counties that form the region (Arad, Bihor, Timis, Hunedoara & Caras-Severin). SMURD Arad operates 1 Eurocopter EC135 converted for the air ambulance role. Arad Airport is directly connected to the A1 motorway (part of the Pan-European Corridor IV), one of the most important and heavily used motorways in Romania.

History[edit]

On the land of the Gai suburb there already was an infrastructure with a runway, hangar and a terminal, from the military campaign from 1917. Here, on 14 July 1912, a big meeting took place when Aurel Vlaicu, a pioneer in Romanian aviation, returned from Aspen Vienna and he was seen by his co nationals as a hero of all the Romanians. As a result of some negotiations that took place in order to build a new airport, on 30 May 1935 the civil municipal aviation give the land from the Ceala suburb where the constructions will start for building the infrastructure. The construction work ended in 1936 and the official inauguration of the new airport took place on 14 November 1937. From that moment all the air traffic was conducted on this location and the landings and taking off happened on a grass runway. In 1953 a concrete runway, 2000 meters long, was built, as the increased traffic demanded it. The A and D taxiway were build in the same time as the runway. The lightning system was rebuilt in 1954 and was endowed with Elba lamps. Nowadays, the runway, made of concrete with dimensions 2000 X 45 m orientated on East – West direction, is endowed with a state of the art IDMAN lighting system consisting of marginal and axial light, threshold lights, approach lightings on both direction of operation and Category II instrument landing system.

Cargo Terminal[edit]

The Arad Airport Cargo Terminal, the largest of its kind in western Romania, is a major component of the Arad International Airport and is located nearby the Arad Free Zone, being able to take the air freight traffic that connects Western Europe to the Middle East. It’s located close to the Hungarian border.

The Arad International Airport Cargo Terminal and platform seen from the A1 motorway.

Its location permits easy access for the companies operating in the counties near Arad (Bihor, Alba, Hunedoara – Romania and Békés, Csongrád – Hungary) for transporting cargo.

This objective can take over the air freight traffic, with all the facilities on the air-road transport, by making use of the operating - parking Cargo type platforms, the covered area for depositing the cargo that permits also the customs checking, the parking platform for the airplanes, and it provides the specific units for both the air and land transporters. The apron is 16020sqm, 41/R/C/W/T and offers the possibility of parking 3 class „C” and „D” ICAO airplanes at the same time. The terminal has a total surface of 5000 sqm, 13 access gates to the auto loading/unloading ramp and 4 access gates to the airplane loading/unloading ramp. Its capacity for depositing (arrival, departure) is 300 to/day and the traffic capacity (arrival, departure) is 50 to/hour. The parking area of a surface of 8430 sqm can offer parking spaces for 32 cars and 5 cargo trucks, having also 2 oil separators.[3]

Cargo partners include:

  • DHL Express
  • Fed Ex Express
  • World Media Trans

Future Development[edit]

Arad Airport platform on a busy day, a Wizz Air Airbus A320, a TAROM ATR 72 and a Moldavian Fokker 100

A runway extension to 2500 m (8202 ft) has been proposed for the past couple of years, however no viable financial solution has been found. The extension would allow heavier cargo aircraft to operate, making better use of the cargo terminal's capabilities. Recent projects have taken into consideration the conversion of an unused part of the cargo terminal into a passenger departures terminal to attract more airlines to the airport. A passenger terminal extension or overhaul is deemed absolutely necessary for the development of the airport.

On June 2014, a contract was signed for the extension and re-design of the passenger terminal, including the conversion of unused space in the cargo terminal in a designated departures terminal. Once completed, the extension will bring more than 4,200 square meters of space for departures use and allow an additional increase in passenger flow of over 200,000 passengers/year. The existing passenger terminal will be used only for arrivals, while the new space will be transformed in a departures terminal. The cargo terminal will thus be reduced to 700 square meters of space, but the operator declared there still is sufficient space in the surrounding areas for future growth. Construction works are estimated to last 12 months.[4]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Low flying aircraft sign on the A1 motorway - Arad Bypass section near the airport junction
Airlines Destinations
Wizz Air Bergamo

Statistics[edit]

ARW traffic
Year Passengers (total) Aircraft movements Cargo
2008 128,835 3,383 537 tonnes
2009 88,174 2,832 673 tonnes
2010 21,878 1,937 754 tonnes
2011 11,174 1,417 883 tonnes
2012 14,844 2,276 772 tonnes
2013 39,901 2,442

Sources:[2][5][6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Arad Airport at Wikimedia Commons