Bacău International Airport
|Bacău "George Enescu" International Airport
Aeroportul Internaţional George Enescu Bacău
|IATA: BCM – ICAO: LRBC|
|Airport type||Public / Military|
|Operator||Bacău County Council, Bacău Local Council|
|Focus city for||Blue Air|
|Elevation AMSL||607 ft / 185 m|
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.
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. 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. 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.
Airlines and 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
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.
|Year||Passengers||Compared to Previous Year|
|Turin||Cuneo International Airport||
|Bologna||Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport||
|Milan||Il Caravaggio International Airport||
|Liverpool||Liverpool John Lennon Airport||
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