Bacău International Airport

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Bacău "George Enescu" International Airport
Aeroportul Internaţional George Enescu Bacău
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IATA: BCMICAO: LRBC
Summary
Airport type Public / Military
Operator Bacău County Council, Bacău Local Council
Serves Bacău, Romania
Focus city for Blue Air
Elevation AMSL 607 ft / 185 m
Coordinates 46°31′19″N 026°54′37″E / 46.52194°N 26.91028°E / 46.52194; 26.91028 (Bacău "George Enescu" International Airport)Coordinates: 46°31′19″N 026°54′37″E / 46.52194°N 26.91028°E / 46.52194; 26.91028 (Bacău "George Enescu" International Airport)
Website www.bacauairport.ro
Map
BCM is located in Romania
BCM
BCM
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
16/34 2,500 8,203 Concrete
Statistics (2015)
Passengers 364,492
Aircraft movements 4,850
Source: Romanian AIP at EUROCONTROL,[1] Passenger statistics,[2] Movements (2013)[3]

George Enescu International Airport (IATA: BCMICAO: LRBC) is an airport located in Bacău, Romania. Named after the Romanian composer George Enescu, it serves as a focus city of the low-cost airline Blue Air. Bacău Airport shares its runway with RoAF 95th Air Base, and Aerostar, a major Romanian aerospace and defence company.

History[edit]

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.[4] 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. The new company that took over the airport is nowadays the main operator. Other airlines that operated here were TAROM, that withdraw its flights, and Carpatair, that canceled all its scheduled flights. 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.

In February 2014, the new administration, a 50-50 joint venture between the city and county government administrators, started a new modernization program.[4] The project, planned to be completed in 2017, involves the construction of a passenger terminal with a processing capacity of 300 passengers per hour, a control tower, a parking area, and an intermodal bus terminal, as well as the refurbishment of the runway.[5]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Seasonal charter: Rhodes
Blue Air Bergamo, Bologna, Brussels, Dublin, Liverpool, London-Luton, Madrid, Rome-Fiumicino, Turin
Seasonal: Beauvais, Catania
Seasonal charter: Antalya

Military usage[edit]

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.

Statistics[edit]

Traffic figures[edit]

Year Passengers[2] Compared to Previous Year
2003 21,020 Increase 66.2%
2004 27,574 Increase 31.2%
2005 36,261 Increase 31.5%
2006 40,601 Increase 12%
2007 112,854 Increase 178%
2008 116,492 Increase 3.2%
2009 195,772 Increase 68%
2010 240,735 Increase 23%
2011 336,961 Increase 40%
2012 393,352 Increase 16.7%
2013 307,488 Decrease 21.8%
2014 313,376 Increase 1.9%
2015 364,492 Increase 16.3%

Busiest routes[edit]

City Airport(s) Weekly Departures
(April 2016)[6][7]
Airlines
Flag of Italy.svg Rome Fiumicino Airport
7
Blue Air
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London Luton Airport
6
Blue Air
Flag of Italy.svg Turin Cuneo International Airport
4
Blue Air
Flag of Italy.svg Bologna Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport
3
Blue Air
Flag of Belgium.svg Brussels Brussels Airport
2
Blue Air
Flag of Italy.svg Milan Il Caravaggio International Airport
3
Blue Air
Flag of Ireland.svg Dublin Dublin Airport
2
Blue Air
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Liverpool Liverpool John Lennon Airport
2
Blue Air

Ground transportation[edit]

The airport is located 5 km (3.1 mi) south[1] of Bacău, accessible by taxi. The local bus station is located 600 m (2,000 ft) from the terminal.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Bacău International Airport at Wikimedia Commons