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.
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.
?Strategic programme for the development of Bucharest International ?Henri Coanda
Total value: 450 million Euro
Development period: 2007 - 2022
Funding: own budget, bank credits, PPP
? modular passengers terminal (4 modules, each having a capacity of 5 million
? 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
? 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
More about doing business in Romania
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 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
More about OMIS and other UKTI services for exporters