Henri Coandă International Airport

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Bucharest Henri Coandǎ International Airport
Aeroportul Internațional Henri Coandă
Aeroporturi București logo.png
Henri Coandă International Airport, March 2013.jpg
Airport type Public/Military
Operator The National Company "Bucharest Airports" S.A.
Serves Bucharest, Romania
Location Otopeni
Hub for TAROM
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 314 ft / 96 m
Coordinates 44°34′16″N 026°05′06″E / 44.57111°N 26.08500°E / 44.57111; 26.08500Coordinates: 44°34′16″N 026°05′06″E / 44.57111°N 26.08500°E / 44.57111; 26.08500
Website bucharestairports.ro
OTP is located in Romania
Location within Romania
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08R/26L 3,500 11,484 Concrete
08L/26R 3,500 11,484 Concrete
Number Length Surface
m ft
H1 3.5 11 Concrete
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 8,317,168
Passengers change 13-14 Increase 8.8%
Aircraft movements 91,788
Source: Romanian AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]

Henri Coandă International Airport (Romanian: Aeroportul Internațional Henri Coandă) (IATA: OTPICAO: LROP) is Romania's busiest international airport, located 16.5 km (10.3 mi) northwest of the city of Bucharest, within Otopeni city limits.[1] One of two airports serving the capital, the other being Băneasa, it is named after Romanian flight pioneer Henri Coandă, builder of Coandă-1910 aircraft and discoverer of the Coandă effect of fluidics.

Until May 2004, the official name was Bucharest Otopeni International Airport (Romanian: Aeroportul Internațional București Otopeni), which remains the name by which it is generally known.

Henri Coandă International Airport serves as headquarters for TAROM, the country's national airline, and Țiriac Air.[2][3] It also serves as a base of operations for charter or low-cost airlines Air Bucharest, Blue Air and Wizz Air. It is managed by The National Company Bucharest Airports S.A. (Compania Națională Aeroporturi București S.A.).[4] The military section of the airport is used by the 90th Airlift Flotilla of the Romanian Air Force.


Early years[edit]

During World War II, the airport in Otopeni was used as an airbase by the German air force. Up to 1965, it was restricted for military use and was one of the major bases of the Romanian Air Force, with a runway of 1,200 metres (3,900 ft). Băneasa Airport was the only airport that Bucharest used for commercial flights. In 1965, with the growth of air traffic, a new commercial airport was constructed in the settlement of Otopeni, where the military air base used to be. The runway was modernised and extended up to 3,500 metres (11,500 ft), making it one of the longest in Europe at that time.[5]

In August 1969, when President Nixon of the United States visited Romania, a VIP lounge was inaugurated. A new passenger terminal (designed by Cezar Lăzărescu), with a capacity of 1,200,000 passengers per year, was opened on 13 April 1970, for domestic and international flights.[5] The airport slowly became more and more used by airlines, with a growing number of passengers. In 1986, it entered a new phase of development. A second 3500-metre runway was constructed, as well as related taxiways. The airport lighting system was improved and the capacity was increased to 35 airport movements per hour.[5]

In 1992, Otopeni Airport became a regular member of Airports Council International (ACI). In the same year a long-term, multi-stage upgrade plan was devised, anticipating a sharp increase in traffic as traveling restrictions to and from Romania were lifted.

Expansion since the 1990s[edit]

The first stage of the plan (Phase I), taking place between 1994 and 1998, involved the construction a new departures terminal and of a new airside concourse with five jetways and nine gates (referred to as 'the Finger') as well as the extension of airport ramps and of their associated taxiways.[6]

The second phase (labeled Phase II/IIe) of the plan led to the construction of a terminal dedicated to domestic flights and of a multi-story car park (2003), the complete overhaul of the control tower (between 2005–2007) as well as the transformation of the old terminal building in a dedicated arrivals hall (in 2000). During the same phase, two high-speed taxiways (Oscar and Victor) were constructed. Phase II was completed in 2007.[6]

The third stage of the plan (Phase III), started in 2009, involves the extension of the airside concourse ('the Finger') with 15 new gates (nine of which have jetways), as well as the expansion of Departure Hall (eight new gates) and Arrivals Hall. The airside concourse, designed by Studio Capelli Architettura & Associati, was inaugurated on 29 March 2011.[6][7] It was followed, in November 2012, by the extension of the Departure Hall.[8]

The airport has ILS CAT III status on all runways.[9]

Current and future development[edit]

The airport is undertaking Phase III of its development program, a €150 million investment, which consists of the expansion of Departure Hall, Arrivals Hall and the concourse. At the end of this phase, the terminal will have a processing capacity of 4,500 passengers per hour,[10] and capacity is expected to rise to 6 million passengers annually on domestic and international routes.[11]

Beyond Phase III, a new terminal building (Henri Coandă 2), at the eastern end of the current location is envisaged. Henri Coandă 2 will be of a modular design, consisting of four separate buildings, each capable of handling 5 million passengers annually. Each module will be built as traffic demands dictate. Thus, by 2023, Terminal 2 alone should be able to handle the 20 million passengers per year indicated by estimates. The terminal will be directly connected to A3 motorway, to the railway system, and to the Bucharest Metro system as Bucharest Metro Line M6.[12]


The airport's facilities consist of a single terminal with two main buildings (occasionally considered to be separate terminals). These buildings are the Departures Hall (formerly known as International Departures Hall) and the Arrivals Hall (formerly known as International Arrivals/Domestic Hall).[13] A walkway with shops connects the buildings. The airside concourse (the so-called finger terminal) is organized in two (Schengen/non-Schengen) passengers transit flows.[14] The main handling agent in the airport is Globeground, the second being Menzies. The catering services are provided by Alpha Rocas.

The airport has 32 gates (of which 14 equipped with jetways).[8] The International Departure area hosts a variety of shops, cafes, lounges, Internet cafes and many more. There is also a chapel and a small play area for children on the first level of the International Departures Hall. The facilities inside the airport are easily accessible for the persons with disabilities.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Athens
Seasonal charter: Chania, Corfu, Heraklion, Kos, Mykonos, Rhodes, Santorini, Zakynthos
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo
airBaltic Riga
Air Berlin Berlin-Tegel
Air Bucharest Seasonal charter: Antalya, Bodrum, Corfu, Heraklion, Hurghada, Kos, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes
Air Europa Seasonal charter: Tenerife-South
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Air Malta Seasonal: Malta
Air Serbia Belgrade
Alitalia Milan-Linate, Rome-Fiumicino
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Blue Air Barcelona, Beauvais, Bergamo, Bologna, Brussels, Catania, Cologne/Bonn, Dublin, Florence, Larnaca, Liverpool, London-Luton, Madrid, Málaga, Milan-Linate, Naples, Nice, Rome-Fiumicino, Stuttgart, Turin (begins 25 May 2015),[15] Valencia
Seasonal: Antalya, Bodrum, Corfu, Preveza, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Zakynthos
British Airways London-Heathrow
Czech Airlines Prague
El Al Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
flydubai Dubai-International
operated by Eurowings
KLM Amsterdam
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw-Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Frankfurt, Munich
Nouvelair Seasonal charter: Tunis
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen
Qatar Airways Doha
Ryanair Bergamo (begins 25 October 2015), Bologna (begins 25 October 2015), Charleroi, Dublin, London-Stansted, Madrid, Rome-Ciampino (begins 25 October 2015)
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich
TAP Portugal Lisbon
TAROM Amman-Queen Alia, Beijing, Amsterdam, Athens, Baia Mare, Barcelona, Beirut, Belgrade, Brussels, Budapest, Chișinău, Cluj-Napoca, Dubai-International, Frankfurt, Geneva, Iași, Istanbul-Atatürk, Larnaca, London-Heathrow, Madrid, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Munich, Nice, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Prague, Rome-Fiumicino, Satu Mare, Sofia, Stockholm-Arlanda, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Thessaloniki, Timișoara, Vienna
Seasonal: Valencia (resumes 19 June 2015)
Seasonal charter: Antalya, Bodrum, Corfu, Heraklion, Hurghada, Kos, Mykonos, Palma de Mallorca, Preveza, Rhodes, Santorini, Sharm el-Sheikh, Skiathos, Tenerife-South
Tunisair Seasonal: Tunis
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid
Wizz Air Alicante, Alghero, Barcelona, Bari, Basel/Mulhouse, Beauvais, Bergamo, Bologna, Catania, Charleroi, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dortmund, Dubai-Al Maktoum, Eindhoven, Geneva, Larnaca, London-Luton, Madrid, Málaga, Malmö, Malta, Milan-Malpensa, Naples, Nuremberg, Perugia, Pescara (begins 25 October 2015),[16] Pisa, Rome-Ciampino, Sandefjord, Stockholm-Skavsta (begins 26 October 2015),[16] Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Treviso, Turin, Valencia, Verona, Zaragoza


Airlines Destinations
DHL Aviation Bergamo, Budapest, Chişinău, Treviso
TNT Airways Liège, Munich, Sofia
UPS Airlines
operated by Farnair Switzerland
Cologne/Bonn, Katowice


Arrivals hall
Departures area
TAROM ATR-42 at Bucharest Otopeni Airport
Wizz Air Airbus A320 at Bucharest Otopeni Airport


In 2014, Henri Coandă International received 8,316,705 passengers, an increase of 8.8% compared to 2013.[17]

Annual traffic
Year Passengers (total)[17] Passengers (domestic flights) Aircraft movements[18] Cargo
2005 2,972,799
49,593 16,887 tonnes
2006 3,497,938
55,056 18,089 tonnes
2007 4,937,683 410,916 67,372 17,423 tonnes
2008 5,063,555 497,208 69,916
2009 4,480,765 496,391 69,692
2010 4,802,510
2011 5,049,443
2012 7,120,024
2013 7,643,467
2014 8,316,705
Month Passengers[17] Change (2014-2015) Passengers Cumulatively
January 596,554 Increase 14.1% 596,554
February 559,446 Increase 15.8% 1,156,000


Busiest routes at Henri Coandă Airport
City Airport(s) Weekly Departures
(July 2014)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London Heathrow Airport, Luton Airport, Stansted Airport
Blue Air, British Airways, Ryanair, TAROM, Wizz Air
Flag of Austria.svg Vienna Vienna Airport
Austrian Airlines, TAROM
Flag of France.svg Paris Beauvais–Tillé Airport, Charles de Gaulle Airport
Air France, Blue Air, TAROM, Wizz Air
Flag of Turkey.svg Istanbul Atatürk Airport, Sabiha Gökçen Airport
Pegasus Airlines, TAROM, Turkish Airlines
Flag of Italy.svg Rome Fiumicino Airport, Ciampino Airport
Alitalia, Blue Air, TAROM, Vueling, Wizz Air
Flag of Romania.svg Cluj-Napoca Cluj-Napoca Airport
Flag of Germany.svg Munich Munich Airport
Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cityline, TAROM
Flag of Germany.svg Frankfurt Frankfurt Airport
Lufthansa, TAROM
Flag of Romania.svg Iași Iași Airport
Flag of Romania.svg Timișoara Traian Vuia Airport
Flag of Israel.svg Tel Aviv Tel Aviv Airport
El Al, Israir, TAROM, Wizzair
Flag of Spain.svg Madrid Madrid Airport
Blue Air, Ryanair, TAROM, Vueling, Wizz Air
Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona Barcelona Airport
Blue Air, TAROM, Vueling, Wizz Air
Flag of Poland.svg Warsaw Warsaw Chopin Airport
LOT Polish Airlines

Ground transportation[edit]

Train and metro[edit]

RATB Route 783 diagram (connections to Bucharest Metro lines shown)

A direct train service to the main railway station, Gara de Nord, runs from the Airport railway station, about 900 m from the airport. Shuttle buses connect this station with the departures and arrivals halls; the tickets are valid for the train and for the transfer bus.[19]

The next phase of the expansion aims to locate the train station in the airport itself. Construction of the M6 line will start in 2014, connecting Henri Coanda Intl. to Gara de Nord train station.


Henri Coandă Airport is connected to the public transport company RATB system. The 780 route provides express bus service to Gara de Nord railway station in Bucharest, and the 783 route provides express bus service to the city center 24 hours a day.[20]


As of May 2013, taxis serving Henri Coandă Airport can be ordered using a touch screen system in the arrivals terminal, allowing the taxi drivers to enter the pick-up area. This measure was taken after many complaints from passengers who were being ripped off when using illegal, high-price taxis.[21]


The airport is 16.5 km (10.3 mi) north of central Bucharest, to which it is connected by route DN1. The A3 motorway will connect the airport and the city, when finished. Companies such as Avis, Hertz, Europcar and Sixt are located between international departures hall (upper floor) and arrivals hall.[22]


  • Season 14 of The Amazing Race was filmed here during the first portion of the third leg. The nine teams present arrived at the airport on three flights before they completed the rest of the leg.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b EAD Basic
  2. ^ "TAROM S.A. – Identification Data
  3. ^ About Țiriac Air
  4. ^ "Contact." Henri Coandă International Airport. Retrieved on 1 December 2011. "The National Company "Bucharest Airports" S.A. Calea Bucurestilor nr. 224 E Otopeni, Ilfov County Postal code 075150 Romania" – Address in Romanian: "Compania Nationala "Aeroporturi Bucuresti" S.A. Calea Bucurestilor nr. 224 E Otopeni, județul Ilfov Cod postal 075150 Romania"
  5. ^ a b c AIHCB 2007 Report at bucharestairports.ro
  6. ^ a b c [1] (Romanian) Romanian Ministry of Transportation – Descriptive Note – Otopeni Airport Development Strategy
  7. ^ "The Bucharest Airport at a10.eu
  8. ^ a b New Departing Hall extension opened (Romanian)
  9. ^ LROP Technical Information - Romanian Air Traffic Services Administration
  10. ^ Bucharest Henri Coandă Airport – Development&Modernization – Phase III
  11. ^ Extensions to the Coandă Airport (Romanian)
  12. ^ [2] (Romanian) The Romanian Ministry of Transportation
  13. ^ Bucharest Otopeni Airport, the last frontier (Romanian)
  14. ^ A new terminal (Romanian)
  15. ^ [3]
  16. ^ a b "Wizz Air a amânat lansarea mai multor rute din România". newsair.ro. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  17. ^ a b c Anna.aero database
  18. ^ ORDIN 169/1.801. Planul national de actiune privind reducerea emisiilor de gaze cu efect de seră în domeniul aviatiei civile (Romanian)
  19. ^ Henri Coanda Express trains
  20. ^ Public transport at Henri Coandă International
  21. ^ "Touch screen installed for cab ordering at Otopeni airport in Bucharest". Romania Insider. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  22. ^ Rent-a-car services at Henri Coandă International

External links[edit]

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