Brașov-Ghimbav International Airport
|Operator||Brașov County Council|
|Location||Ghimbav, Brașov County|
|Elevation AMSL||1,740 ft / 530 m|
Brașov-Ghimbav International Airport (Romanian: Aeroportul Internațional Brașov-Ghimbav) is an airport development project located in Ghimbav, near Brașov, Romania right by the future A3 motorway. It is the first airport to be developed in post-communist Romania, and the 17th commercial airport in the country.
The project is widely supported by the local population and some businesses in the area have announced plans to switch to air freight services. It is expected that the airport will create 4,000 jobs and reach 1 million passengers in 8 years, with a further 6,000 jobs being generated indirectly. Planned costs of the project are estimated at €87 million.
In 2006, the Romanian State Domain Agency transferred 110 hectares of land to Brașov County. Intelcan Canada was to develop and build the airport in coordination with Brașov, Harghita, and Covasna counties as well as Ghimbav city. The airport's charter was officially signed on 14 November 2005. Intelcan inaugurated the construction of the airport on 15 April 2008. The initial target for completion was twenty-four to thirty months. However, due to legal matters and a lack of funds, the construction works had stopped and Intelcan left the project, being replaced by the local authorities.
On 18 November 2012, the Brașov County authorities signed a €12.7 million (VAT excluded) contract with Vectra Service, a local construction company, for building the runway. Eventually, construction of the airport restarted in April 2013 with the works at the 2,820 m (9,252 ft) runway. On 3 October 2014, the runway was officially inaugurated. Ronan Keating was the first passenger to ever use the airport runway in 2019, five years after it was built.
The contract for the construction of the main terminal building, with a total area of 11,780 m2 (126,799 sq ft), was awarded to the Romanian contractor Bog'Art Bucharest and was signed on 21 August 2019. Construction works for the passenger terminal started on 17 March 2020 and were completed by March 2021. The first commercial flight could take place in June 2021.
CFR announced a feasibility study for the construction of a rail line (8 km) which would connect the future airport to the Brașov railway station. The study was contracted in September 2020 and the rail line will be financed from the Next Generation EU recovery fund. The total cost of this investment was estimated at €300 million.
Airlines and destinations
Interest has already been shown by flight operators from Germany (Lufthansa), Poland (LOT Polish Airlines), Turkey (Turkish Airlines), Hungary (Wizz Air), or Israel (EL AL Israel Airlines), but also from internal operators, from Constanța (Blue Air) and Bucharest (Air Bucharest).
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- Romanian constructor to build Brasov airport terminal (in English)
- The future Brașov Airport at adevarul.ro (in Romanian)
- AeroportBrasov.ro » A fost inagurarea
- 12,7 milioane de euro pentru construcţia pistei aeroportului internaţional Braşov-Ghimbav at gandul.info (in Romanian)
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- Pista aeroportului Brașov-Ghimbav a fost inaugurată (in Romanian)
- Ronan Keating, primul pasager care a aterizat pe pista Aeroportului Brașov - Ghimbav (in Romanian)
- The contract for the Brasov airport terminal was signed (in Romanian)
- Au inceput lucrarile la aeroport (in Romanian)
- "Anul Aerogării: 16.03.2020 - 01.03.2021" (in Romanian).
- Aeroportul Internațional Brașov a mai depășit o etapă - este gata construcția terminalului (in Romanian)
- "Primul zbor de la Braşov: iunie 2021" (in Romanian).
- Braşov, legat de viitorul aeroport, printr-o cale ferată modernă (in Romanian)
- CJ Braşov: Racordarea aeroportului Braşov la reţeaua naţională de căi ferate a fost cuprinsă în PNRR, investiţie de aproximativ 300 mil. euro (in Romanian)
- Tour operators interested in the project (in Romanian)
- Blue Air - curse regulate, Air Bucharest - curse charter. Două companii româneşti au început discuţiile oficiale pentru operarea de pe Aeroportul Braşov (in Romanian)
- "Brasov County Council official website". 2020.
- Project's website
- Brașov City Council. "General Information on Brașov International Airport". August 30, 2006. (archived)