George Enescu International Airport

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Bacău "George Enescu" International Airport
Aeroportul Internaţional George Enescu Bacău
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
Location of airport in Romania
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
16/34 2,500 8,203 Concrete
Statistics (2017)
Passengers 425,733
Passengers change 2016–2017 Increase 2.7%
Aircraft movements 4,850
Source: Romanian AIP at EUROCONTROL,[1] Passenger statistics,[2][3] Movements (2013)[4]

George Enescu International Airport (IATA: BCM, ICAO: 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. The airport is located 5 km (3.1 mi) south[1] of Bacău.

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.[5] 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 owners, a 50-50 joint venture between the city and county public administrations, started a new modernization program.[5] The project, 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.[6] In November 2017, the new passenger terminal was inaugurated.[7]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Blue AirBergamo, Bologna, Brussels, Bucharest, Dublin, Liverpool, London-Luton, Madrid (ends 28 September 2018), Rome-Fiumicino, Turin
Seasonal: 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][3] Change
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%
2016 414,676 Increase 13.8%
2017 425,733 Increase 2.7%

Busiest routes[edit]

City Airport(s) Weekly Departures
(March 2018)[8][9]
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 Turin International Airport
5
Blue Air
Flag of Italy.svg Bologna Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport
3
Blue Air
Flag of Ireland.svg Dublin Dublin Airport
4
Blue Air
Flag of Italy.svg Milan Il Caravaggio International Airport
4
Blue Air
Flag of Belgium.svg Bruxelles Brussels Airport
3
Blue Air
Flag of Italy.svg Catania Catania-Fontanarossa Airport
2
Blue Air
Flag of Spain.svg Madrid Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport
2
Blue Air
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Liverpool Liverpool John Lennon Airport
2
Blue Air

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