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Encyclopedia > Baneasa Airport
Bucharest Băneasa Aurel Vlaicu International Airport
Aeroportul Internaţional Bucureşti Băneasa Aurel Vlaicu
IATA: BBU - ICAO: LRBS
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator RA Aeroportul International Aurel Vlaicu
Serves Bucharest
Elevation AMSL 297 ft (91 m)
Coordinates 44°30′12″N, 026°06′08″E
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
07/25 10,499 3,200 Concrete
The Băneasa Terminal
The Băneasa Terminal
Terminal seen from the runway
Terminal seen from the runway

Bucharest "Aurel Vlaicu" Airport (IATA: BBUICAO: LRBS) (largely known as Băneasa Airport) was Bucharest's only airport until 1968, when the Otopeni International Airport was built. 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. An IATA airport code, also known an IATA location identifier 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. ... Status Capital of Romania Mayor Adriean Videanu, since 2005 Area 238 km² Population (2005) 1,924,959[1] Density 8,088 inh/km² Geographical coordinates Web site http://www. ... 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. ... The metre, or meter (U.S.), is a measure 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. ... The metre, or meter (U.S.), is a measure of length. ... Concrete being poured, raked and vibrated into place in residential construction in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... 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 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. ... Status Capital of Romania Mayor Adriean Videanu, since 2005 Area 238 km² Population (2005) 1,924,959[1] Density 8,088 inh/km² Geographical coordinates Web site http://www. ... Henri Coandă International Airport (Aeroportul Internaţional Henri Coandă in Romanian, IATA Airport Code: OTP) is the largest airport in Romania, as well as one of two major airports serving Bucharest. ... Status Capital of Romania Mayor Adriean Videanu, since 2005 Area 238 km² Population (2005) 1,924,959[1] Density 8,088 inh/km² Geographical coordinates Web site http://www. ...

Contents

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. 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 Aerial 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 actual terminal building was 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] Status Capital of Romania Mayor Adriean Videanu, since 2005 Area 238 km² Population (2005) 1,924,959[1] Density 8,088 inh/km² Geographical coordinates Web site http://www. ...


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, 2002 Gara de Nord (North Station in Romanian) 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; a modernization effort is underway, which might involve the airport's closure for two months during the summer of 2007[3]. 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. ...


Renovation works

The Aurel Vlaicu International Airport (Baneasa) will be closed from 10 May to 31 July during renovation works. All flights during this period are moved to the other airport in Bucharest, Otopeni Airport.


Airlines and destinations

Scheduled airlines

  • Blue Air (Barcelona, Bologna, Brussels-South Charleroi, Cluj-Napoca, Cologne/Bonn, Cuneo, Istanbul-Ataturk, Lisbon, Lyon, Madrid, Malaga, Milan-Bergamo, Paris-Beauvais, Rome-Fiumicino, Valencia, Verona)
  • Germanwings (Cologne)
  • MyAir (Barcelona [starts June 1, 2007], Bari, Catania, Ibiza [starts July 2007], Milan-Bergamo, Milan-Malpensa, Naples, Paris-Charles de Gaulle [starts June 1, 2007], Rome-Ciampino, Venice)
  • SkyEurope (Rome-Fiumicino, Vienna)
  • Wizz Air (Barcelona, Budapest, Dortmund, London-Luton, Rome-Ciampino)

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. ... June 1 is the 152nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (153rd in leap years), with 213 days remaining. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... June 1 is the 152nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (153rd in leap years), with 213 days remaining. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... 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. 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. ^ www.gandul.info

External links

  • Official site
  • Romanian Airport Services
  • World Aero Data airport information for LRBS


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 | Bucharest Alexeni

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