Bucharest Airport

Prior to the pandemic, Central Europe’s four busiest airports were Warsaw WAW (18.9 million passengers in 2019), Prague (17.8 million), Budapest (16.2 million) and Bucharest (14.7 million). According to ACI Europe figures they ranked 36th, 39th, 41st and 46th among all European airports. Three of them had grown by around 6% versus 2018, while Budapest […]

Blue Air

Romanian carrier Blue Air suspended operations starting on Wednesday 7 September after its bank accounts were frozen by the Romanian government. The airline says it will resume service on Monday 12 September and flights are still bookable on its website from that day forward. The airline launched scheduled services on 13 December 2004 with flights […]

September 8, 2022 | Airlines, Europe, News & Analysis, Top Story

IAS - CDG

Located in the north-east of Romania, close to the border with Moldova, Iasi Airport is dominated by Wizz Air. The pan-European carrier is currently offering non-stop flights to over 20 destinations from the airport, generating over 70 weekly departures according to Cirium schedule for August. TAROM has 25 weekly flights (all to Bucharest). Blue Air, […]

Tarom

Romania’s state-owned flag-carrier TAROM continues to operate, despite, according to local sources, not having generated a profit since 2007. According to planespotters.net, the SkyTeam member currently has 26 aircraft, 12 Boeing 737s (four -800s, four -700s and four -300s), four Airbus A318s, six ATR 72s and four ATR 42s. Of these, 10 are currently not […]

STR - GRZ

There are several ‘rules’ that have defined how Europe’s low-cost carriers operate. These include high aircraft utilisation and no night-stopping of crews. To satisfy both of these rules that has usually meant trying to operate three return flights (or six sectors) in a day, airport curfews permitting. As a result, you might imagine that the […]

January 14, 2022 | Airlines, Europe, News & Analysis, Top Story

Linate Airport Sign

During the last couple of years, some €40m Euros has been spent on refurbishing Milan Linate Airport. In 2019 the airport was completely closed for three months while the runway was rebuilt and since then there have been major improvements to the airport’s only terminal building, creating a brighter and more open environment for passengers. […]

October 8, 2021 | Airports, Europe, News & Analysis

Italy welcomed almost 193 million passengers through its airports in 2019, making it Europe’s sixth busiest country for air traffic demand after the UK (300m), Spain (275m), Germany (248m), Turkey (209m) and France (201m). Last year traffic fell by 73% to just under 53m with pre-pandemic traffic in January and February accounting for 44% of […]

October 5, 2021 | Airlines, Airports, Europe, News & Analysis

Blue Air Air Service One

Romanian-based Blue Air started flying as long ago as 2004, the same year that Wizz Air began operations. However, while Wizz Air has a growing fleet of almost 150 aircraft (with orders placed for over 200 more), Blue Air’s fleet currently stands at just 18 aircraft according to planespotters.net. That includes four 737 MAX 8s […]

September 16, 2021 | Airlines, Airports, Europe, News & Analysis