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Airport infrastructure on a wing and prayer

With 16 airports in Romania, of which 12 are ranked as international, the local aviation infrastructure needs investment in modernization and expansion to adapt to wider demand

June 2012 - From the Print Edition

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Currently, there are four ongoing modernization projects for local airports, yet the Romanian authorities are ready to offer red-carpet treatment to foreign investors. The Diplomat Ė Bucharest asked the main airport officials, authorities and private companies involved in the sector about the businessís destination.
May 9 was Henri Coanda International Airportís busiest day in its over 40-year history, with 58 charter flights bringing to Bucharest over 12,000 passengers, supporters of the ...

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Damian Galvin: on 2012-06-04 13:48:15
To say that Brasov (Ghimbav) airport is not necessary is either extreme ignorance, or a resistance loose key passenger traffic from Bucharest. Either way, it is totally fooling. Brasov is widely accepted at the most cosmopolitan, tourist-friendly city in the entire country. it is also massively underutilised as a tourist destination, year round. No other location in Romania offers such an income generating boost to the economy, year round & it shows a distinct lack of intelligence to suggest otherwise. Visitors to Bucharest around the world have one common view of their experience there & the fact that Bucharest has the lowest stay-over-nights count in not only any European city, but a much wider region too, demonstrates that Bucharest is not a destination of choice unless doing business there. The distinct lack of any signs or tourist help in Bucharest (the only Capital city in the EU without a Tourist Information office!) demonstrates the interest of the Romanian Tourism ministry.
Brasov county by contrast is a city internationally respected for its year round attraction, beauty, friendliness, scenery & slow-prospering community. But it is held back by access. Cluj has 2 airports (If you include Targu Mures). Sibiu, whose main attractions can be navigated within a 3 hour walk, has a pro-Germany international airport. But Brasov has just an endless stream of promises.
Wake up Romania! Wake up Mr Gheorghe Racaru. Brasovís misused tourism potential is akin to locking the gates to Disneyland & giving the key-holding security guard a long holiday, from May till October! Given that the Transylvania highway is at least 30 years away from completion, & the Brasov-Bucharest highway is at least 12-15 years off (if work is resumed on both immediately, which is unlikely), the airport is the quickest solution to the obvious loss in tourism revenue. I still believe the airport could not be built before 2020, even with support, which currently, it clearly lacks. I see many self defeating activity in Romania, from splitting funds meant for roads to throwing litter into otherwise clean rivers, but few are as significant as the mishandling of one of Europeís most spectacular countries. What a shame.


Damian Galvin: on 2012-06-04 13:59:15
To say that Brasov (Ghimbav) airport is 'not necessary' is either extreme ignorance, or a resistance loose key passenger traffic from Bucharest.

Either way, it is totally foolish. Brasov is widely accepted at the most cosmopolitan, tourist-friendly city in the entire country. it is also massively under-utilised as a tourist destination, year round. No other location in Romania offers such an income generating boost to the economy, year round & it shows a distinct lack of intelligence to suggest otherwise. Visitors to Bucharest around the world have one common view of their experience there & the fact that Bucharest has the lowest stay-over-nights count in not only any European city, but a much wider region too, demonstrates that Bucharest is not a destination of choice unless doing business there.

The distinct lack of any signs or tourist help in Bucharest (the only Capital city in the EU without a Tourist Information office!) demonstrates the interest level of the Romanian Tourism ministry. Notice even the transport police almost always board the Station-bound bus one stop after the airport, to catch unaware tourists for being on a bus without a ticket (you are not allowed to buy tickets on the bus. You have to get them at a kiosk some distance from the stop). Nice welcome! get on a bus, 300m later, get a 50e fine.

Brasov county by contrast to Bucharest is a city internationally respected for its year round attractions, clean air, beauty, friendliness, scenery & slow-prospering community. But it is held back by lack of access. When you spend 3 hours flying somewhere, you don't want to spend another 3 hours driving to your destination, paying 80e in a taxi or worse, navigating Bucharest by its oh-so-honest taxis & multi-lingual ticket selling staff.

Cluj has 2 airports (If you include Targu Mures). Sibiu, whose main attractions can be navigated within a 3 hour walk, has a pro-Germany international airport. But Brasov has just an endless stream of promises.

Wake up Romania! Wake up Mr Gheorghe Racaru. Brasovís misused tourism potential is akin to locking the gates to Disneyland & giving the key-holding security guard a long holiday, from May till October! Given that the Transylvania highway is at least 30 years away from completion, & the Brasov-Bucharest highway is at least 12-15 years off (if work is resumed on both immediately, which is unlikely), the airport is the quickest solution to the obvious loss in tourism revenue. I still believe the airport could not be built before 2020, even with support, which currently, it clearly lacks. I see many self defeating activity in Romania, from splitting funds meant for roads to throwing litter into otherwise clean rivers, but few are as significant as the mishandling of tourism in one of Europeís most spectacular countries. What a shame.



rene: on 2012-06-05 01:18:09
Its widely known that politicians from Bucharest doesn't have any interests for encouraging the construction of the Brasov airport,knowing that this airport would be a serious competitor for Bucharest.I still think that there's enough capacity which can be exploited and as tendencies show us,it would be a very profitable decisions for Romanians citizens.A look at curent Bus-transportation statistic,makes every thinker realize how beneficial this airport would be and how big the demand is.


 
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