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Aerial view of Otopeni
Aerial view of Otopeni
Coat of arms of Otopeni
Coat of arms
Otopeni is located in Romania
Location of Otopeni
Coordinates: 44°33′0″N 26°4′12″E / 44.55000°N 26.07000°E / 44.55000; 26.07000Coordinates: 44°33′0″N 26°4′12″E / 44.55000°N 26.07000°E / 44.55000; 26.07000
Country Romania
CountyIlfov County
 • MayorConstantin Silviu Gheorghe (National Liberal Party)
 • Total31.60 km2 (12.20 sq mi)
Population (2018)
 • Total15.850
 • Density439/km2 (1,140/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Henri Coandă International Airport, which is the location of the TAROM head office

Otopeni (Romanian pronunciation: [otoˈpenʲ]) is a city in Ilfov County, Romania, some 15 km (9.3 mi) north of Bucharest along the road to Ploiești. It has 15,850 inhabitants, of which 99.0% are Romanians. One village, Odăile, is administered by the city.

Henri Coandă International Airport is located inside Otopeni. The head office of the airline TAROM is located inside the International Departures Terminal in the airport.[1] In addition the head office of Țiriac Air is in Otopeni.[2]


Historical population
Source: Census data

The oldest discovered human settlements in the region are very old. On the occasion of excavations in 1966 to expand the nearby Henri Coanda International Airport, archaeologist Margaret Constantiniu of the History Museum of Bucharest identified fragments of ancient pottery and other objects that belonged to an important human settlements existing since the first period of the Iron Age. In an overlay was discovered another settlement are dated to the 10th century.

By charter of 14 February 1587, Mihnea Turcitu - voivode of Romanian - gave Holy Trinity Monastery half to the village of Islazul and half to the village of Hodopeni (today Otopeni) mills and gypsies.

On 20 May 1620, Maria, great Baneasa, Holy Trinity monastery was given back (later Radu Voda) half the village Hodopeni with Rumani, given by Master Villa, commanding Ruman listen. Historian Giurăscu Constantin believes that Hodopeni name of the village, comes from an Hodopa or Hodoba.

At the end of the 19th century, Otopeni town was part of Dambovitsa county Ilfov province, consisting of two villages, Otopeni Lower and Otopeni Upper, with 851 inhabitants in total. The commune operated a school with 29 students and two churches (one in each village). The village chambers was then part of town Bucoveni, with 125 inhabitants.

Otopeni was transformed into a city as part of Nicolae Ceaușescu's Systematization plan. It replaced the semidetached houses with four-story high apartment buildings.[3]

Local government[edit]

The mayor of Otopeni is Constantin Silviu Gheorghe, from the National Liberal Party. The Otopeni Local Council has 17 councillors, even though before the 2008 local elections, it only had 15. It is considered to be a safe Liberal district, currently having the following party composition:

    Party Seats in 2004 Seats in 2008 Current Council
  National Liberal Party 11 13                          
  Democratic Party 2 2                          
  Social Democratic Party 2 2                          
Map of Ilfov county with Otopeni highlighted


  1. ^ "Participation Announcement To The Tender Procedure For Public Procurement - Information Technology Services[permanent dead link]." TAROM. 12 June 2008. Retrieved on 28 February 2010. "The headquarters of S.C. Compania Nationala de Transporturi Aeriene Romane TAROM S.A., placed in Otopeni, Calea Bucurestilor 224F, Ilfov County, Romania ( Henri Coanda International Airport-Bucharest, International Departures Terminal, 2nd Floor)."[dead link]
  2. ^ "Terms and Conditions Archived 2012-01-15 at the Wayback Machine." (Direct English link[dead link]) Țiriac Air. Retrieved on 11 December 2011. "[...]SC Ion Tiriac Air SRL, headquartered in Romania, Otopeni, Ilfov, 224G Bucurestilor Str, PO BOX 21-17,[...]" - Romanian: "[...]Calea Bucureştilor nr. 224G, Otopeni, jud. Ilfov,[...]"
  3. ^ Darrick Danta, "Ceausescu's Bucharest", The Geographical Review 83, no. 2 (1993)

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