Arad International Airport

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Arad International Airport
Aeroportul Internațional Arad
Arad airport.jpg
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
ARW is located in Romania
Location within Romania
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 2,000 6,561 Concrete
Statistics (2017)
Passengers 10,817
Aircraft movements 2,568
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 250 km from Budapest and 300 km from Belgrad. It’s located near the border with Hungary, 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.


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 taxiways were built at the same time as the runway. The lighting system was rebuilt in 1954 using 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.

Future Development[edit]

Arad Airport platform on a busy day, back in 2013: 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.

In 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.[3]


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.
Arad airport

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.[4]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
AtlasGlobal Seasonal charter: Antalya
Corendon Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya


ARW traffic
Year Passengers (total) Change Aircraft movements Change Cargo (tonnes) Change
2008 128,835 3,383 537
2009 88,174 Decrease 31.6% 2,832 Decrease 16.3% 673 Increase 25.3%
2010 21,878 Decrease 75.2% 1,937 Decrease 31.7% 754 Increase 12%
2011 11,174 Decrease 49% 1,417 Decrease 26.9% 883 Increase 17.1%
2012 14,844 Increase 32.8% 2,276 Increase 60.6% 772 Decrease 12.6%
2013 39,901 Increase 168.8% 2,442 Increase 7.2% 1,004 Increase 30%
2014 28,280 Decrease 29.2% 2,568 Increase 5.1% 1,079 Increase 7.4%
2015 8,530 Decrease 69.8%
2016 0 Decrease
2017 10,817 Increase


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External links[edit]

Media related to Arad Airport at Wikimedia Commons