Romania’s traffic set to smash 20m in 2018; Wizz Air still #1; domestic market now the biggest

The Romanian market is one of the most dynamic and fast-moving in Europe. The predominantly LCC-fuelled rapid rise of traffic at the nation’s four largest airports – Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara and Iasi – all of which now handle over one million passengers per annum, clearly illustrates the evidence of this burgeoning growth, according to

In 2008, the four airports mustered less than seven million annual passengers between them. Last year their combined traffic total was over 18 million – a 167% increase since 2008 – with all three regional airports breaking the one million passenger barrier for the first time in those ten years, most recently by Iasi, which processed the landmark volume in 2017. The country’s four biggest airports will need to average around 10% growth in order to smash the 20 million milestone in 2018 – a goal that seems eminently achievable.

The remainder of Romania’s other significant commercial airports – Bacau, Craiova, SibiuSuceava and Targu-Mures – handled less than two million passengers between them last year, and all have some way to go before they reach their respective one million passenger thresholds. However most are growing fast – Suceava posted a robust throughput increase in 2017 of more than 350% – so these airports should improve their respective stakes in the country’s traffic development this year and beyond.


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