Oradea International Airport

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Oradea Airport
Aeroportul Oradea
IATA: OMRICAO: LROD
OMR is located in Romania
OMR
OMR
Location of airport in Romania
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Government
Serves Oradea, Romania
Elevation AMSL 465 ft / 142 m
Coordinates 47°01′31″N 21°54′09″E / 47.02528°N 21.90250°E / 47.02528; 21.90250 (Oradea International Airport)Coordinates: 47°01′31″N 21°54′09″E / 47.02528°N 21.90250°E / 47.02528; 21.90250 (Oradea International Airport)
Website www.aeroportoradea.ro/
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
01/19 1,800 5,906 Concrete
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 39,440
Aircraft movements 1,853
Source: Romanian AIP at EUROCONTROL,[1]
Statistics[2][3][4]

Oradea Airport (IATA: OMRICAO: LROD) is located 5 km (3.1 mi) southwest[1] of Oradea in northwestern Romania, Bihor County, near one of the main road and rail border crossings to Hungary. Its location near the European route E60 and the future Transylvania motorway as well as the county's high tourist potential (Băile Felix hot springs, Padiş Natural Protected Area etc.) have led to a double digit growth of passenger and cargo traffic for the past two years.

Development[edit]

In 2009, Bihor County contracted consultancy services regarding the extension of the runway, the construction of a cargo terminal, and the renovation of the passenger terminal. The airport terminal is now renovated to EU (and Schengen) standards, and offers various specific facilities and modern amenities such as car rental, exchange offices, various shops, etc.

Regarding the runway (and other connected facilities), the Bihor County Commission completed the final contractual formalities with the EU Commission representatives, as this type of infrastructure work was eligible for European funds. A 30 million financial agreement for the EU funds was signed on 7 February 2014.[5] Concerning the cargo area, the Bihor County Commission has budgeted the resources needed for the first part of the project.

Works on the new 2,100 m (6,890 ft) runway, apron, and two rapid-exit taxiways are expected to begin mid 2014, and be completed until the end of 2015.[5]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
TAROM Bucharest-Henri Coandă

Ion Ţiriac Air operates additional charter flights from Oradea Airport.

Other use[edit]

Military[edit]

Since April 2009, the NATO Centre of Excellence in Oradea is a member of NATO's Centres of Excellence (COE) network. All aircraft involved in Oradea's NATO Centre of Excellence activities utilize the Oradea International Airport.

Air ambulance[edit]

A MEDIVAC helicopter is based at Oradea International Airport. It is operated by the Pelican Hospital's Emergency Service. It serves Bihor, Sălaj, Satu Mare, Maramureş and Arad Counties Emergency Services. The air ambulance transports persons to Level I trauma centers located in Bucharest.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 27 May 1971, an Ilyushin 14 operated by TAROM was hijacked after departure from Oradea. The hijackers demanded to go to Austria where they surrendered.[7]
  • On 16 January 2009, a Gulfstream G200, operated by Ion Ţiriac Air was damaged after it overran the runway. The aircraft suffered damage to the nose and the landing gear was broken. All 12 occupants were reported as having survived and suffered no injuries. The aircraft came to a halt near the fence surrounding the airport[9]

Ground transportation[edit]

Oradea Transport Local provides a bus service between Oradea International Airport and the city centre of Oradea. Cabs/taxis are also available.

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