The expansion of the passenger terminal and the aircraft parking area at Cluj Napoca (Kolozsvár) International Airport will be carried out to cope with the high number of passengers and the increasing number of flights, with an investment of RON 365 million (HUF 28 billion, EUR 74 million), of which RON 129 million (HUF 9.8 billion, EUR 26.1 million) will be financed by the EU, the management of Cluj Napoca Avram Iancu International Airport said in a statement on Monday.
Transylvania’s largest and Romania’s second largest airport has been facing congestion problems for years. Now, the passenger terminal for departing foreign flights will be increased by 7,200 square metres, two new boarding gates will be opened and the parking area for planes will be increased by 9,000 square metres. At the same time, a new gate will be opened for domestic departures, which have also increased recently.
The current expansion is a temporary solution, with the airport management planning to build a new passenger terminal in the longer term, the Monitorul de Cluj news portal quoted airport director David Ciceo as saying.
Cluj-Napoca airport management recently reported that passenger traffic in the first quarter of the year exceeded the pre-pandemic level, with around 600,000 passengers using the airport, six percent more than in the same period of 2019 and 80 percent more than a year earlier. They expect to reach one million passengers in May, one month earlier than last year. In 2022, the airport handled 2.26 million passengers, and this year the number will exceed 3 million.
New airlines at Cluj Airport
Nine airlines operate flights from Cluj-Napoca airport to more than 50 destinations. New flights are planned for the summer season and existing ones will be more frequent.
As we wrote a week ago, An agreement has been made to complete the fourth motorway between Hungary and Romania in 2030, details HERE.
Also, we wrote a few days ago that Wizz Air is to operate two new flights from the international airport of Brasov/Brassó in Transylvania, details HERE.