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By Theo Moreni
The two airports in Bucharest registered a record number of passengers in 2017, namely 12.84 million, 16.8% higher than in 2016, thus exceeding the European average.
The development of passenger air traffic is due to 130,000 landings and take-offs from Henri Coanda International Airport and Baneasa International Airport. The number of landings and take-offs increased by 7.7% in the year that has just passed, shows the data of the National Airport of Bucharest.
"The results we achieved in 2017, both in terms of growth in air traffic and in terms of improving CNAB's financial parameters, are the direct effects of the new management approach aimed at attracting new airlines , extending the number of routes operated in Bucharest, increasing the operating frequencies on the existing routes and, last but not least, optimizing the quality and safety of the airport infrastructure, "said general manager of the Bucharest National Airport, Bogdan Mîndrescu.
In addition, Henri Coanda International Airport Bucharest (Otopeni) was ranked by Airports Council International - Europe in the top 5 European airports with the highest air traffic growth in the first ten months of last year, reported on 8 December 2017, CNAB, in a press release.
According to the published list of airports with 10-25 million passengers per year, Henri Coanda Airport, which had a 16.7% increase in air traffic, ranked fifth, surpassing airports such as Lisbon, Berlin, Brussels, Athens , Milan, Prague or Budapest.
Bucharest's National Airport Company recorded in the year 2017 total revenues of 1.08 billion lei, 8.3% more than in 2016, and gross profit of 389.7 million lei, 45% more than the year previous.
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