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Henri Coanda International Airport, Bucharest, Romania

July 15th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 
 

Henri Coandă International Airport (Romanian: Aeroportul Internaţional 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). IATA code for Bucharest - all airports - is BUH.

Henri Coandă Intl is located north of the Bucharest metropolitan area, in the town of Otopeni, Ilfov. It is still largely known as the Otopeni Airport (Aeroportul Internaţional Bucureşti Otopeni). In May 2004 it was renamed in honour of Romanian flight pioneer professor Henri Coandă, the builder of the world's first jet powered aircraft.

OTP received 3.513.576 passengers in 2006 and the airport is expected to handle 4.5 million passengers in 2007.

Currently the airport has one terminal divided into three halls (sometimes referred as distinct terminals) (International Departures Hall, International Arrivals Hall and the Domestic Flights Hall - at the ground level of the Arrivals Hall - ). The International Departures Hall consists of 36 check-in desks, one finger with 10 gates (5 equipped with jetways), while the Domestic Hall has an extra four busgates. Today's International Arrivals Hall is actually the old Otopeni terminal, while the new Departures Hall, including the finger and the airbridges was built and inaugurated in 1997. A second finger with 7 jetways is under construction and a new building terminal on the east side is in project phase.

Currently the airport has one terminal divided into three halls (sometimes referred as distinct terminals) (International Departures Hall, International Arrivals Hall and the Domestic Flights Hall - at the ground level of the Arrivals Hall - ). The International Departures Hall consists of 36 check-in desks, one finger with 10 gates (5 equipped with jetways), while the Domestic Hall has an extra four busgates. Today's International Arrivals Hall is actually the old Otopeni terminal, while the new Departures Hall, including the finger and the airbridges was built and inaugurated in 1997. A second finger with 7 jetways is under construction and a new building terminal on the east side is in project phase.

Bucharest OTP is an important airport in Eastern Europe, served by a large variety of European and international airlines. It is the main hub of the Romanian national airline, TAROM. With little exception (Clickair) the airport doesn't serve low fare airlines, as the low cost hub for Bucharest is the Băneasa Airport, located at 10 km south. Starting June 2007, OTP benefits again from a direct transatlantic link (to New York-JFK) for the first time since December 2003 (when TAROM cancelled its long haul operations).

[Source: Wikipedia]

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