How early to arrive at Bucharest airport during summer traffic

The Bucharest National Airport Company (CNAB) is advising passengers to come to the airport three hours before their flight is scheduled to depart because of the substantial traffic increase over the summer period.

The previous recommendation was two hours before departure.

“Taking into account the significant traffic increase over the summer period, when many charter flights are added to the flight schedule, we advise passengers to come at the airport three hours before their flight [e.n. is scheduled to depart]. This recommendation particularly targets passengers with flights scheduled between 05:00 and 08:00,” according to information posted on the CNAB website.

State-owned CNAB manages Romania’s biggest airport, the Henri Coanda International Airport in Otopeni, and the Bucharest-Baneasa Aurel Vlaicu International Airport. The two airports saw a combined traffic of 2.6 million passengers in the first three months of 2017, and 28,249 landings and takeoffs.

CNAB announced in mid-May that the Henri Coanda and Aurel Vlaicu were included by the Airports Council International-Europe among the top five European airports reporting the highest air traffic increases in the first three months of 2017.

“In the category of airports with 5-10 million passengers a year, the Henri Coanda Airport had a 21.4% increase in air traffic. It took the fifth spot, after the Reykjavík-Keflavik Airport in Iceland, the Kiev Airport, the Larnaca Airport in Cyprus and the Malta Airport. The Aurel Vlaicu Airport took the first spot in the category of airports with less than 5 million passengers a year. It was followed by the Nis Airport in Serbia, the Oradea Airport, in western Romania, the Mykonos Airport in Greece and the Zadar Airport in Croatia,” the CNAB said, quoted by Agerpres.

The number of landings and takeoffs on the two Bucharest airports increased by 8.6% during the first eight months of 2016, compared to the same period of 2015, the CNAB said. This is above the European growth trend of 3%.

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