Bucharest Otopeni International Airport
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- The National Company "Bucharest Airports" S.A.
Calea Bucurestilor nr. 224 E
Otopeni, Ilfov County
Postal code 075150
- Other airports serving Bucharest
- Bucharest Baneasa Airport
- 3500m x 40m
- Airlines currently operating to this airport with scheduled services
CSA Czech Airlines
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
LOT Polish Airlines
- Airlines currently operating to this airport via codeshare
- Aegean Airlines
Air Europa Lineas Aereas
Delta Air Lines
Middle East Airlines
Henri Coanda International Airport is an international airport serving the city of Bucharest. Henri Coanda International is the busiest airport in Romania, and is the major hub for national carrier TAROM. It is the larger of two airports serving Bucharest, with the smaller Aurel Vlaicu hosting mainly charter airlines and LCCs.
Location of Bucharest Otopeni International Airport, Romania
Ground Handlers servicing Bucharest Otopeni International Airport
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The United Arab Emirates’ newest airport, Dubai World Central (DWC), opened its passenger terminal on 27-Oct-2013 and its first commercial passengers. The operator was Wizz Air, the Eastern/Central European LCC, with a flight from Budapest. Wizz Air Group (which includes Wizz Air Ukraine) also launched Bucharest, Sofia and Kiev from DWC as the winter season commenced.
According to Wizz Air CEO József Váradi, Wizz Air expects to handle 250,000 passengers on services to DWC in the first year of operations. Based on the four routes launched this week, this would imply load factors averaging 95%. Although Wizz Air’s 2012 load factor was more than 85%, this seems very ambitious for new routes, even in the hyperbolic world of low-cost airlines. More likely, Wizz Air plans to add frequencies and/or routes through the year.
Either way, it demonstrates the carrier’s confidence in taking the narrowbody LCC model further than most on routes that look to be under-penetrated. Mr Váradi is even talking of adding flights to India from DWC.
Russia, the CIS nations and Central and Eastern Europe have been receiving a great deal of attention from Middle East-based carriers in recent months. Full service and low-cost carriers have announced or added a flurry of routes into Eastern European destinations over the past few weeks. Airlines in the Middle East are looking to tap into the underserved region, which is still showing strong economic growth despite troubles in several European markets and strong growth in business and tourism traffic.
Homegrown LCCs Air Arabia and flydubai are leading a push into the regions, but so too is Qatar Airways. Additionally, Oman Air plans to launch services to Moscow. While Middle Eastern carriers have long dominated traffic into western Europe, they now comprise the majority of traffic between the Middle East and central Europe, eastern Europe, Russia and CIS.
Lufthansa Italia this month announced plans to launch frequent (up to daily) services from Milan’s Malpensa Airport to Catania (Sicily) and Prague from 01-Nov-2010, using A319s. These are not easy routes on which to win business with considerably more offered on the Catania route from Alitalia’s Air One subsidiary, Windjet and easyJet, and to Prague from CSA and easyJet. Less than two years after Lufthansa’s interest in taking over the ailing Alitalia fizzled out when Air France purchased a stake, prompting Lufthansa to set up its own new brand, Lufthansa Italia, at Milan, what are the prospects now for Lufthansa’s first new airline that it had set up in a foreign market?
This second in a special two-part CAPA report looks beyond the headline-grabbing "big three" European LCCs to provide updates on more than 20 secondary low-cost operators. Part II reviews the progress at Monarch, NIKI, Pegasus Airlines, SkyExress, Smart Wings, Sun Express, Sverigeflyg, Thomson Airways, Transavia.com, TUIfly, Wind Jet and Wizz Air, following on from Part I which reviewed Air Southwest, Anadolujet, Atlastjet Airlines, Belle Air, Blue Express, Blue Air, bmibaby, CLICK4SKY, Flybe, Germanwings, Iceland Express and Jet2.com.
Wizz Air is plotting an even more aggressive expansion agenda, focused on Central and Eastern Europe, to capitalise on the demise of competitor, SkyEurope, in Aug-2009, and overall capacity reductions by rival airlines in response to the global economic crisis.
Both domestic and international capacity share has steadily swung in favour of LCCs in Romania during the course of the last four years, gaining ground from 2.2% to 18.4% (domestic) and from 9.9% to 37.8% (international) for the period Jan-Aug in each of those years.