Henri Coandă International Airport (Cristian Bortes/CC BY 2.0)

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Way clear for work to begin on Bucharest’s €1bn airport expansion

18 January 2021 | By GCR Staff | 0 Comments

The Bucharest Airports Company has announced that it has acquired all the land it needs to begin work on a second terminal for its Henri Coanda International Airport, Romania’s largest.

The €1bn project, first announced in April 2019, will involve constructing the terminal, as well as a railway platform, moving walkways, access roads, parking lots and buildings.

The terminal will consist of four separate buildings built using modular technology, with each capable of handling 5 million passengers a year. The modular design will allow the airport to expand in stages in response to passenger numbers.

By 2030, Terminal 2 alone should be able to handle 20 million passengers a year.

The terminal will be directly connected to the A3 motorway, to the railway system, and to the Bucharest Metro system through Metro Line 6.

The airport, which is one of two to serve Bucharest, presently has a single terminal consisting of three sub-terminals. Henri Coanda 2 will be developed a few hundred metres to the east of it.

In 2019, Dragoa Titea, state Secretary at the Ministry of Transport, said work would begin in 2020. This timetable was delayed by the outbreak of Covid-19, and work is presently expected to begin in 2022.

The company said it had bought the land from some 1,000 owners at a price of €48m.

Image: Henri Coandă International Airport (Cristian Bortes/CC BY 2.0

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