The 16 airports in Romania have posted a 7.7 percent increase in passenger numbers in the first half of this year up to 10.7 million, an all-time high due mainly to international flights, while domestic passenger traffic declined, according to figures released by the National Institute of Statistics (INS).
Total passenger numbers on the Romanian airports have increased from 9.94 million in H1 2018 to 10.7 million in H1 2019.
International passenger traffic rose by 9.4 percent in H1 2019, to 9.42 million, while the number of passengers carried with domestic flights declined by 3.2 percent, to 1.29 million, official data show.
Romania’s biggest airport, Henri Coandă International Airport (Otopeni), controlled by the state-owned Aeroporturi București company (CNAB), posted an increase of its total passenger traffic by 8.1 percent in H1 to an all-time high of 6.84 million.
The second airport in Romania by passenger traffic is Cluj Napoca International Airport, with 1.34 million passengers in H1 2019 (+3 percent compared to H1 2018), followed by Timișoara International Airport (714.348, -2.3 percent) and Iași International Airport (616,355, +17.6 percent).
In 2018, Romanian airports have posted a 7.9 percent increase in passenger numbers up to 21.8 million, an all-time high due to international flights, while domestic passenger traffic slightly increased.
Airport passenger numbers have soared in Romania in the last few years due to income rise, cheap flights offered by low-cost companies and poor infrastructure across the country.
In the last couple of years, low-cost companies like Wizz Air, Blueair and Ryanair entered domestic flights market in Romania, controlled for years by the state-owned Tarom, trying to benefit from rising appetite for flights between the large urban areas.
But lack of investments in expanding airports capacity is already affecting passenger’s comfort, especially in Henri Coandă International Airport.