Bacău International Airport
|Bacău "George Enescu" International Airport
Aeroportul Internaţional George Enescu Bacău
|IATA: BCM – ICAO: LRBC
|Operator||Bacău County Council, Bacău Local Council|
|Focus city for||Blue Air|
|Elevation AMSL||607 ft / 185 m|
|Source: Romanian AIP at EUROCONTROL, Passenger statistics, Movements|
George Enescu International Airport (IATA: BCM, ICAO: LRBC) is an airport located in Bacău, Romania. Named after the Romanian composer George Enescu, Bacău Airport shares its runway with RoAF 95th Air Base and Aerostar, a major Romanian aerospace and defence company.
Bacău Airport opened for passenger service in 1946. A modern terminal building with a control tower began construction in 1970, and was completed in 1971. In 1975, it received international status. A 2005 renovation/expansion remodeled the terminal building.
In 2009, Bacău Airport became the first Romanian airport to be privately administered by a non governmental company. BlueAero, its administrator, was 100% owned by the fully private airline Blue Air. When Blue Air was sold because its parent company`s holding went into bankruptcy, the airport was returned to the local government administration. The modernization promised in the takeover contract was completed to a less than 10% status due to financial problems in the holding.
The new company that took over the airline is now the main and only operator. Other airlines that operated here were TAROM, that withdraw its flights, and Carpatair, that canceled all its scheduled flights, now operating only charter flights in Italy.
The new administration is a 50-50 joint venture between the city and county government administrators that promised a big modernization program that will be finished by 2016.
The airport is home to the Romanian Air Force 95th Air Base, with one fighter regiment (operating MiG-21 LanceR) and a helicopter regiment (operating IAR-330L). The base is also home to the 250th training regiment.
Airlines and destinations
|Air Bucharest||Seasonal charter: Antalya|
|Blue Air||Bergamo, Bologna, Brussels, Cuneo, Dublin, London-Luton, Rome-Fiumicino
Seasonal charter: Antalya, Heraklion
George Enescu International handled 307,488 passengers in 2013, which represents a 21.8% decrease over the previous year.
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