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Encyclopedia > Aurel Vlaicu International Airport
Bucharest Băneasa Aurel Vlaicu International Airport
Aeroportul Internaţional Bucureşti Băneasa Aurel Vlaicu

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IATA: BBU – ICAO: LRBS
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Compania Naţională Aeroporturi Bucureşti S.A.
Serves Bucharest
Location Bucharest, Romania
Elevation AMSL 297 ft / 91 m
Coordinates 44°30′12″N 026°06′08″E / 44.50333, 26.10222
Website http://www.baneasa-airport.ro
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
07/25 10,499 3,200 Asphalt
The Băneasa Terminal
The Băneasa Terminal
Terminal seen from the runway
Terminal seen from the runway

Bucharest "Aurel Vlaicu" Airport (IATA: BBU, ICAO: LRBS) (largely known as Băneasa Airport or Bucharest City Airport) is located in Băneasa district, Bucharest, Romania. It was Bucharest's only airport until 1968, when the Otopeni Airport was built. The decision of building a new airport was taken because of the proximity of the Băneasa airport to the city center which generated pollution and noise. An IATA airport code, also known an IATA location identifier, IATA station code or simply a location identifier [1], is a three-letter code designating many airports around the world, defined by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). ... The ICAO (IPA pronunciation: ) airport code or location indicator is a four-letter alphanumeric code designating each airport around the world. ... Nickname: Motto: Patria si Dreptul Meu (My Country and My Right) Location of Bucharest within Romania (in red) Coordinates: , Country County Founded 1459 (first official record) Government  - Mayor Adriean Videanu Area  - City 228 km²  (88 sq mi)  - Metro 238 km² (91. ... The term above mean sea level (AMSL) refers to the elevation (on the ground) or altitude (in the air) of any object, relative to the average sea level. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... Asphalt is a sticky, black and highly viscous liquid or semi-solid that is present in most crude petroleums and in some natural deposits. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (2288 × 1712 pixel, file size: 815 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Picture of Baneasa Airport, Bucharest taken by me on 9th April 2007. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (2288 × 1712 pixel, file size: 815 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Picture of Baneasa Airport, Bucharest taken by me on 9th April 2007. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2576 × 1932 pixel, file size: 925 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) source: RO Wikipedia author: Utilizator:Magercu File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2576 × 1932 pixel, file size: 925 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) source: RO Wikipedia author: Utilizator:Magercu File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Aurel Vlaicu 1882-1913 Aurel Vlaicu (born November 19, 1882, in Bintinti, near Orastie, Hunedoara County, died September 13, 1913, near Banesti, Campina) was a Romanian engineer, inventor, airplane constructor and early pilot. ... An IATA airport code, also known an IATA location identifier, IATA station code or simply a location identifier [1], is a three-letter code designating many airports around the world, defined by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). ... The ICAO (IPA pronunciation: ) airport code or location indicator is a four-letter alphanumeric code designating each airport around the world. ... Băneasa is a district (cartier) in the north side of Bucharest, near the lake with the same name (0. ... Nickname: Motto: Patria si Dreptul Meu (My Country and My Right) Location of Bucharest within Romania (in red) Coordinates: , Country County Founded 1459 (first official record) Government  - Mayor Adriean Videanu Area  - City 228 km²  (88 sq mi)  - Metro 238 km² (91. ... Henri Coandă International Airport (Romanian: Aeroportul InternaÅ£ional Henri Coandă) (IATA: OTP, ICAO: LROP) is the largest airport in Romania, as well as one of two airports serving Bucharest (The other airport is Băneasa Aurel Vlaicu International Airport). ...

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History

The first flights in Băneasa area took place in 1909 and they were done by the French pilot and aviation pioneer Louis Blériot. In 1912 the first flight school in Romania was opened on Băneasa airfield. This makes Băneasa airport the oldest continuously operating airport in Eastern Europe, and among the oldest five airports in the world. In 1920, the airport headquartered the first aviation company in Romania, and one of the earliest in the world, the CFRNA (The French - Romanian Company for Air Navigation), the precursor of the Romanian national airline, TAROM. In 1923 the CFRNA built the industrial facilities for aircraft maintenance in Băneasa; on that base the aerospace company Romaero was created in the 1960s. Băneasa is a district (cartier) in the north side of Bucharest, near the lake with the same name (0. ... Louis Blériot Louis Blériot (July 1, 1872 – August 2, 1936) was a French inventor and engineer, who performed the first flight over a large body of water in a heavier-than-air craft. ... TAROM is the flag carrier airline of Romania. ...


The current terminal building was designed in the late 1940s and opened in 1952. At that time it was considered one of the finest architectural features of Bucharest. The building consists of a central dome with three distinct wings which represents an aircraft propeller with three blades.[1] Nickname: Motto: Patria si Dreptul Meu (My Country and My Right) Location of Bucharest within Romania (in red) Coordinates: , Country County Founded 1459 (first official record) Government  - Mayor Adriean Videanu Area  - City 228 km²  (88 sq mi)  - Metro 238 km² (91. ...


During the communist period, Băneasa Airport was TAROM's domestic hub, while Otopeni Airport was used as an international hub. In the early 2000s, TAROM moved all its activities to Otopeni (renamed Henri Coandă International Airport). Today, the airport is becoming an increasingly important hub for business aviation and for low cost airlines, being the main hub of Blue Air. Blue Air is a low-cost airline based in Bucharest, Romania that started operation in 2004. ...


City Access

The airport is situated only 8 km north of the Bucharest city center and is accessible by RATB buses 131, 335 and Airport Express 783, RATB tramway 5 and taxi. An extension of Line M4 of the Bucharest Metro to Aurel Vlaicu International, which will link it to the Main Train Station and the larger Henri Coandă International Airport, was approved in June 2006 and is currently in its planning stage. Regia Autonomă de Transport Bucureşti is a public surface transit operator in Bucharest, the capital of Romania. ... Route 131 is a bus route in Bucharest, run by RATB. It currently uses Mercedes Citaro vehicles, and runs from. ... Route 335 is a bus route in Bucharest, Romania, run by RATB. Category: ... Route 783 is an express bus route in Bucharest, Romania, run by RATB. It provides a connection between Henri Coandă International Airport (formerly Otopeni) and Aurel Vlaicu International Airport (formerly Baneasa), the two main airports serving Bucharest, and PiaÅ£a Unirii, one of the citys main squares and transport... A Bucharest Metro train at Pipera station The Bucharest Metro (Metroul BucureÅŸti in Romanian) is an underground urban railway network that serves the capital of Romania, Bucharest. ... View of tracks entering Bucharests Gara de Nord from the pedestrian bridge, October 2006 Gara de Nord Gara de Nord (North Station in English) is the main railway station in Bucharest and the largest railway station in Romania. ...


Traffic

From as low as 20-30 passengers per month in 2001-2002, BBU grew to 40.000 passengers in 2004 and to about 385.000 passengers in 2005, representing a 330% increase from the previous year. The increase is the largest recorded during one year in the history of modern air transport. Over 700.000 passengers and more than 8000 flights have used the airport in 2006[2].


The 2007 low cost "invasion"

The first low cost airline established at BBU was Blue Air in 2004. Starting January 2007 many other European low fare airlines (Sky Europe, Wizz Air, Germanwings) have started new routes from Bucharest BBU to popular European destinations. Thus, the airport traffic could double in 2007 (compared to 2006) raising a question mark regarding airport's outdated infrastructure being able to keep up with the traffic growth. The airport was closed for almost two months in the summer of 2007 for modernization, with further improvement, as well as enlargements, planned in the following years. Boeing 737-200 of low-cost Irish airline Ryanair A low-cost carrier (also known as a no-frills or discount carrier) is an airline that offers low fares but eliminates most traditional passenger services. ... Blue Air is a low-cost airline based in Bucharest, Romania that started operation in 2004. ... SkyEurope, officially SkyEurope Airlines, is the first low cost, low-fare airline in Central Europe, based at Bratislava Airport in Slovakia, and employing around 100 people. ... Wizz Air is a Polish/Hungarian low-cost airline focusing on the markets of Central Europe. ... Germanwings Airbus A319 at Dortmund Airport Germanwing Airbus A319 Germanwings is a low fares airline based in Cologne, Germany. ...


Facilities

The building is a late 1940s design, and was not built to cope with 800.000 passengers per year and departures every 25 minutes. As such, the facilities are extremely undersized and get crowded.


The airport just about copes with the amount of traffic it receives, however on arrival there is only one tiny conveyor belt and there is always a large queue for passport control. If more than one flight has come in expect delays and a free for all at baggage reclaim!


The main concourse in the airport is the centre of the airport, long queues can form for check in as there are only six check in desks for the whole airport. There is also a kiosk selling refreshments, a car hire desk, an ATM, Bureau De Change and ticket counters for the airlines using the airport. There is also a bar in the centre of the concourse. However on a nice sunny day you can sit on the large grass area in front of the airport!


Departures consists of one tiny lounge which fills up quickly and a tiny duty free shop. There is also another duty free shop selling tobacco which also sells refreshments.


There is basically no arrivals waiting area or lounge. Passengers pass through passport control, reclaim their bags, then pass through a door, and they find themselves on the lawn in front of the airport.


Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the airport and there are no desiginated smoking areas anywhere.


The building cannot be expanded, because of it's status as a city landmark, and because of sheer lack of space in the airport area, therefore, any further increase in traffic will have to be done on another airport.


2007 renovation works

The Aurel Vlaicu International Airport (Baneasa) was closed from May 10 to August 19 during renovation works. All flights during this period were moved to the main airport of Bucharest. Renovations included commercial areas, restaurants, a VIP lounge and a 300 space car park. The runway and lighting systems were also completely overhauled. The estimated cost is €20m.[3] A new departure terminal is planned at the airport subject to approval. The current departure terminal will be used for arrivals and a new glass-structure departures terminal will be added to the existing arrivals terminal, thus raising the capacity of the airport to 3 million passengers/year. Construction is expected to begin at the end of September, with the new building expected to be complete in spring 2008.[4] Henri Coandă International Airport (Romanian: Aeroportul InternaÅ£ional Henri Coandă) (IATA: OTP, ICAO: LROP) is the busiest airport in Romania, as well as one of the two airports serving Bucharest. ...


Airlines and destinations

Scheduled airlines

  • Blue Air (Barcelona, Bologna, Brussels, Cologne/Bonn, Cuneo, Istanbul-Ataturk, London-Stansted, Lisbon, Lyon, Madrid, Malaga, Milan-Bergamo, Paris-Beauvais, Rome-Fiumicino, Stuttgart, Treviso [starts December 15, 2007], Turin, Valencia, Verona)
  • Germanwings (Berlin, Cologne)
  • MyAir (Barcelona, Bari, Bologna, Brussels [starts December 15, 2007], Catania, Milan-Bergamo, Naples, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Rome-Ciampino [ends November 30, 2007], Rome-Fiumicino [starts December 1, 2007], Venice)
  • SkyEurope (Rome-Fiumicino, Vienna)
  • Wizz Air (Barcelona, Dortmund, Liverpool, London-Luton, Rome-Ciampino, Treviso [starts February 28, 2008], Valencia)

Blue Air is a low-cost airline based in Bucharest, Romania that started operation in 2004. ... Germanwings Airbus A319 at Dortmund Airport Germanwing Airbus A319 Germanwings is a low fares airline based in Cologne, Germany. ... MyAir (My Way Airlines) is a low-cost airline based in Milan, Italy. ... SkyEurope (officially SkyEurope Airlines) is a low-cost airline with its main base at M. R. Stefanik Airport (BTS) in Bratislava, Slovakia, and other bases in Kraków, Prague and Budapest. ... Wizz Air is a Polish/Hungarian low-cost airline focusing on the markets of Central Europe. ...

Charter airlines

The majority of the charter flights serving Bucharest use Aurel Vlaicu International because its proximity to the city center. Eurojet Romania is a private airline based in Bucharest, Romania specialized in bussiness aviation. ... Jet Tran Air is an airline based at Aurel Vlaicu International Airport in Bucharest. ... Nouvelair Airbus A321 Nouvelair is a scheduled and charter passenger airline based in Monastir in Tunisia. ... A charter airline is one that operates charter flights, that is flights that take place outside normal schedules, by a hiring arrangement with a particular customer. ...


See also

// History main article: Aviation history in Romania Romania has a rich tradition in the aviation field. ... // The national railway operator is Căile Ferate Române. ...

References

  1. ^ Băneasa Airport website
  2. ^ www.businessmagazin.ro
  3. ^ Nine O'Clock, Romania
  4. ^ Nine O'Clock. Romania

External links


Airports of Romania
Arad (ARW) | Bacău (BCM) | Baia Mare (BAY) | Bucharest Aurel Vlaicu (BBU) | Bucharest Henri Coandă (OTP) | Caransebeş (CSB) | Cluj Napoca (CLJ) | Constanţa (CND) | Craiova (CRA) | Iaşi (IAS) | Oradea (OMR) | Satu Mare (SUJ) | Sibiu (SBZ) | Suceava (SCV) | Târgu Mureş (TGM) | Timişoara (TSR) | Tulcea (TCE)
Projected: Braşov | Brăila | Bucharest Alexeni

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Reference.com/Encyclopedia/Aurel Vlaicu International Airport (359 words)
The decision of building a new airport to serve Bucharest was taken because of the proximity of the Băneasa airport to the city center which generated pollution and noise.
The airport is situated only 8 km north of the Bucharest city center and is accessible by bus, tramway and taxi.
The majority of the charter flights serving Bucharest use Aurel Vlaicu International because its proximity to the city center.
Aurel Vlaicu International Airport - Wikipedia (194 words)
Boekarest "Aurel Vlaicu" International Airport (vroeger Băneasa Airport) was het enige vliegveld van Boekarest tot 1968, toen Henri Coandă Airport (voorheen: Otopeni) gebouwd werd.
In de communistische tijdperk was Aurel Vlaicu de thuishaven van Tarom terwijl Henri Coandă gebruikt werd door andere internationale luchtvaartmaatschappijen.
Vooral low-cost maatschappijen plannen vluchten uit naar Aurel Vlaicu.
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