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An Expert's View about Airports in Romania

Posted on: 15 Mar 2012

In order to comply with European standards, the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure initiated a programme for the upgrading and extension of the existing infrastructure, to cover the period up to

Airports sector in Romania Romania has 17 regional airports currently undergoing development financed both from EU structural and domestic funds. The projects mainly involve basic infrastructure upgrading, runway extensions, terminals, signalling systems, etc. Market overview Romania?s 17 regional airports were built between 1921 and 1972 and upgraded between 1962 and 1980. After 1990, in order to comply with European standards, the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure initiated a programme for the upgrading and extension of the existing infrastructure, to cover the period up to 2015, financed both from EU structural funds and domestic funds and involving basic infrastructure upgrading. According to the MTI, the Romanian airport network consists of international and domestic routes, which ensure the flight of Romanian and foreign aircrafts, linking international airports to the Romanian airports and supporting passengers and freight traffic between the 17 civil international airports existing in Romania. The ownership of these airports is generally a combination of national and local government. Apart from the functional airports, there are a number of airports planned for future development. Air transportation in Romania has witnessed a significant growth since 2000, the value of passenger traffic increasing from 2.4 million passengers in 2000 to 10.64 million in 2011, while the level of freight traffic grew from 16.1 thousand tones in 2000 to 6.5 thousand tones in the first semester of 2011. It is worth mentioning that an estimated 2 million Romanians are currently working overseas, mostly in countries such as Spain, Italy and France, though these numbers are starting to decrease due to the global recession. In figures, 2010 represented a market value of about 600 million euro and 10.64 million passengers, marking the height of a period of ongoing growth. Key opportunities ?Strategic programme for the development of Bucharest International ?Henri Coanda Airport? Total value: 450 million Euro Development period: 2007 - 2022 Funding: own budget, bank credits, PPP Main projects: ? modular passengers terminal (4 modules, each having a capacity of 5 million passengers/year) ? platform dedicated to aircraft parking (400,000 sqm, 70 places) ? multi-level parking lot (20,000 places) ? inter-modal freight platform ? technological park ? dedicated metro/ train station ? business centre ? hotel ? connection to Bucharest ? Ploiesti motorway, to Bucharest metro system and to the national railway network ?Improvement of air transport infrastructure on Romanian airports Total value: 59 million Euro Development period: 2011 - 2015 Funding: EU funding under the Sectorial Operation Programme for Transport, priority axis 2.4 The investment programme ensures the financing for projects aimed at improving Romania?s airports network: runways, taxiways, aircraft parking areas, as well as other equipment connected to air traffic safety. Latest export opportunities ? Airports Latest export opportunities ? Romania Getting into the market Public procurement is a key route into the Romanian airports market and business is mainly done through public procurement. Technical and regulatory standards are broadly similar to those of the EU, but there are some differences ? so UK companies are advised to familiarise themselves with sample specifications at the earliest opportunity. In general, Romania is a cost-sensitive market, so price will most likely take precedence over quality and technical standards in bid decisions. As in most markets, flexibility customer service, adherence to schedules and specifications and long-term commitment are key to winning customers. More about doing business in Romania Contacts Market intelligence is critical when doing business overseas, and UKTI can provide bespoke market research and support during overseas visits though our chargeable Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS). To commission research or for general advice about the market, get in touch with our specialists in country - or contact your local international trade team. ? Raluca Tudor, British Embassy Bucharest, tel: +40 (0)21 201 73 68 or email: ? Luiza Craciun, British Embassy Bucharest, tel: +40 (0)21 201 72 60 or email: Contact your local international trade team UKTI Events UKTI runs a range of events for exporters, including seminars in the UK, trade missions to overseas markets and support for attendance at overseas trade shows. Latest events ? Airports Useful links More about OMIS and other UKTI services for exporters
Posted: 15 March 2012

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