Iași International Airport

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Iași International Airport
Aeroportul Internațional Iași
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IATA: IASICAO: LRIA
IAS is located in Romania
IAS
IAS
Location of airport in Romania
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Iași County Council
Serves Iași
Location Iași, Romania
Hub for TAROM
Elevation AMSL 397 ft / 121 m
Coordinates 47°10′44″N 027°37′12″E / 47.17889°N 27.62000°E / 47.17889; 27.62000 (Iași International Airport)Coordinates: 47°10′44″N 027°37′12″E / 47.17889°N 27.62000°E / 47.17889; 27.62000 (Iași International Airport)
Website aeroport.ro
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
14/32[1] 1,800 5,906 Asphalt
15/33 (Closed) 1,800 5,906 Concrete
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 231,731
Aircraft movements 4,723
Sources: Romanian AIP at EUROCONTROL,[2] aeroport.ro,[3][4] Aircraft movements data[5]

Iași Airport (IATA: IASICAO: LRIA) is an international airport serving the city of Iași, Romania. Located 8 km (5 mi) east of the city centre, Iași Airport is one of the oldest accredited airports in Romania.

History[edit]

The Iași region earned its commercial representative status on 24 June 1926, when scheduled flights were officialized on the route BucharestGalați – Iași and Chișinău. The flights were operated by Compagnie Franco-Roumaine de Navigation Aérienne - CFRNA, later LARES.[6]

In 1966, a concrete runway, with a total length of 1,800 m (5,906 ft) and with a modern lighting system, was built. In 1969, a new passenger terminal, with a processing capacity of 85 passengers per hour, was raised.[7]

In 2001, the passenger terminal was upgraded in order to use separate flows for domestic and international flights and, in 2005, an instrument landing system CAT II was implemented.[7]

In June 2012, a new passenger terminal (named Terminal 2), with a processing capacity of 130 passengers per hour, was added.[7] The terminal is designated to be used for Schengen flights.[8] The old terminal has been renamed Terminal 1, and only flights outside the Schengen Area operate here.

Current and future development[edit]

Iași International Airport has started a long-term, multi-stage upgrade program.[9] Module I of the project (an estimated 60 million investment), planned to be completed in two stages, until the end of August 2015,[10] involves the construction of a new 2,400 m (7,874 ft) runway, a terminal building with a processing capacity of 320 passengers per hour, and the extension of the apron.[7][11] The contract for the construction of the runway was signed with Max Bögl Romania, and, on 7 August 2013, the construction works had commenced.[12][13]

The first 1,800 m (5,906 ft) of the new runway 14/32 went into operation on 20 August 2014,[14] whilst the entire length is intended to be fully operational on 30 November 2014.[15] The old runway 15/33 will become a taxiway.

For the long term, the project proposes other modules for the construction, at the eastern side of the runway, of a new passenger terminal, a new apron, two rapid-exit taxiways, a cargo terminal, an aircraft fuel depot, a new access roadway, as well as of a 600 m (1,969 ft) extension for the runway (to a total length of 3,000 m (9,843 ft)).[9][11]

Terminals[edit]

The airport facilities consist of two terminals. One of them, Terminal T1, the oldest one, is used for international departures. The newest one, Terminal T2, is used for international arrivals, and for domestic flights.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Bucharest Seasonal charter: Antalya
Austrian Airlines
operated by Tyrolean Airways
Vienna
Blue Air Seasonal charter: Zakynthos
TAROM Bergamo, Bologna, Bucharest, Dublin (begins 30 October 2014), London-Luton, Rome-Fiumicino, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Turin
Seasonal charter: Antalya, Rhodes
Wizz Air Bergamo (begins 31 March 2015), London-Luton (begins 14 June 2015), Treviso (begins 20 December 2014)

Source: aeroport.ro[16]

Destination map[edit]

Traffic and statistics[edit]

In 2013, the airport served 231,731 passengers, a 33.8% increase compared to the previous year, partly due to the start of three new external routes (Bologna, London and Turin).[4]

Year[17][18][19] Passengers Compared to Previous Year Aircraft movements[5][20]
2005 41,960 Increase 52% 1,796
2006 70,592 Increase 68.2% 2,377
2007 126,334 Increase 79% 3,442
2008 144,043 Increase 14% 3,860
2009 148,538 Increase 3.1% 4,961
2010 159,615 Increase 7.5% 4,755
2011 184,311 Increase 15.4% -
2012 173,248 Decrease 6% 4,800
2013 231,731 Increase 33.8% 4,723

2014[edit]

Month Passengers[4] Change (2013-2014) Passengers Cumulatively
January 16,928 Increase 38.7% 16,928
February 17,135 Increase 37.8% 34,063
March 17,005 Increase 32.4% 51,068
April 22.361 Increase 39.2% 73,429
May 22,854 Increase 5.1% 96,283
June 26,940 Increase 16.1% 123,223
July 30,600 Increase 15.9% 153,823
Busiest routes at Iași International Airport
City Airport(s) Weekly Departures
(September 2014)
Airlines
Flag of Romania.svg Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport
26
TAROM
Flag of Austria.svg Vienna Vienna Airport
6
Austrian Airlines
Flag of Italy.svg Rome Fiumicino Airport
4
TAROM
Flag of Italy.svg Turin Turin Caselle Airport
3
TAROM
Flag of Italy.svg Bologna Bologna Airport
2
TAROM
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London Luton Airport
2
TAROM
Flag of Italy.svg Milan Il Caravaggio International Airport
2
TAROM
Flag of Israel.svg Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport
2
TAROM

Ground transportation[edit]

Bus[edit]

RATP, the public transit operator in Iași, provides service on route 50, to the city centre (Union Square), at specific times of day, correlated with flight arrivals and departures.[21] As of 10 March 2014, fare is 2 RON (0.44) for a single trip ticket, paid by SMS. Depending on its viability, the service could later extend to Iași central railway station.

Taxi[edit]

Various taxis have access to and from the airport. The charges vary around 2 RON/km.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Iaşi International Airport at Wikimedia Commons