New Routes of the Day (11 December 2023): Dan Air’s new routes from Bacau
Romanian carrier Dan Air opened its base in Bacau on Monday 11 December with the introduction of the first of eight new routes, which will be maintained with a mix of A319 and A320 aircraft.
- 11 December: Brussels (2-weekly)
- 11 December: London LTN (2-weekly)
- 12 December: Dublin (3-weekly)
- 12 December: Turin (2-weekly)
- 13 December: Rome FCO (2-weekly)
- 13 December: Barcelona (2-weekly)
- 14 December: Catania (weekly)
- 14 December: Liverpool (weekly)
Dan Air does not face competition on the majority of its new network addition, with the exception of Rome FCO, served 4-weekly by Aeroitalia, and London LTN, operated daily by Wizz Air.
What they said
Matt Ian David, CEO of Dan Air, said: “We are happy with the involvement and support that the local authorities and Bacau “George Enescu” International Airport have provided so far, and I want to thank them for that. We came to Bacau and plan to stay for the long-term. The Bacau Re-Connect project was a pleasant surprise for us. We have come to provide passengers with the highest standards of service and force other competitors in the industry to do the same. We want to grow our operations at the airport. We are already working on a summer program that includes new attractive routes, we want to increase the number of passengers who choose to fly with our company and improve our services to increase the level of passenger satisfaction. If Dan Air is successful in Bacau, surely the airport will be too.”
Radu Benzoic, the Executive Director at Bacau Airport, added: “We are happy to announce a new airline at Bacau Airport and at the same time the launch of eight routes. We thank the Bacau County Council for all the support in the implementation of the Bacau Re-Connect project. We also thank our Dan Air partners for their trust and we wish them as many flights from Bacau as possible. We hope that in the future we will see additional new destinations operated by Dan Air.”
Dan Air to grow Bacau operations
Founded in 2017 in Romania by pilot Dan Iuhas, Dan Air introduced scheduled passenger flights earlier this year, after previously operating charters and wet-lease operations with its one A319 and three A320 aircraft.
The airline has faced issues with establishing scheduled flights. Initially opening a base in the Romanian capital of Bucharest, it moved services to the newly opened Brasov Airport, only to relocate to Bacau this December, blaming restrictive operating hours at Brasov.
Apart from the eight newly launched routes, Dan Air plans to further expand its operations out of Bacau next year, with the addition of flights to Milan BGY on 1 April, as well as Bologna on 2 April.
Dan Air to drive record growth at Bacau Airport
Located in eastern Romania, with a population of just over 136,000, Bacau is the 14th largest city in Romania. Its airport has struggled to maintain flights over the years with airlines coming and going.
The recent Bacau Re-Connect project, launched by local authorities, has proven successful. Implemented with the support of the Bacau County Council, the project aims to stabilise passenger flow at the airport, attract new airlines and restore connectivity by providing financial support for airlines that open new or previously operated routes.
Bacau Airport handled a record of just over 550,000 passengers last year, with figures set to further grow with Dan Air’s arrival.