TAROM

For a flag carrier, Romania’s TAROM is a particularly small one. According to Planespotters.net, it has just 18 aircraft, although only 12 are active when writing. It has six ATR 72s, four A318s, four 737-700s and four 737-800s. Examining Cirium schedules information shows that TAROM has an average of just 101 seats per departure in […]

AirConnect - Budpaest Cake

Having operated a series of charter flights in S22, Romania’s AirConnect started its own scheduled services on 27 March. As they were expected to begin last summer, the delay meant the regional carrier performed many wet-lease flights for other operators. It has two ATR-72-600s but is also leasing in a Saab 340, with talk of […]

European Domestic Market Analysis

The last week has sadly seen the collapse of two European airlines, Flybe version 2 and Flyr. Both carriers were launched since the start of the pandemic and focussed, at least initially, on their respective domestic markets of the UK and Norway. While the revived Flybe remained focussed on the domestic market for all of […]

February 3, 2023 | Airlines, Europe, News & Analysis, Top Story

Wizz Air opens Suceava base, its eighth in Romania; it now has 12 routes

Wizz Air has opened its eighth base in Romania, the airline’s number one European country. It’s at Suceava, situated in the far north of the country around 60 kilometres from the Ukraine border. With two stationed A320ceos, it joins other bases at Bacau, Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Craiova, Iasi, Sibiu and Timisoara. Of course, Suceava is not […]

December 21, 2022 | Airlines, Airports, Europe, News & Analysis

OTP - AAR

When Blue Air ceased operations in early September it presented an opportunity for Wizz Air to further expand its presence in Romania, particularly in Bucharest. Analysis of Cirium schedule data for December shows that the Romanian capital is now Wizz Air’s second biggest base, behind only London LTN. Since December 2019, Wizz Air flights have […]

November 30, 2022 | Airlines, Europe, News & Analysis, Top Story

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 […]

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 […]