The Bucharest airport, Henri Coanda, is expecting the brand new transcontinental presence of Air Canada–another sign of the country’s spike in tourism. This will not only add new flight options between several Canadian cities and Bucharest, but may also be the catalyst for expansion in the near future.
Henri Coanda’s airlines
Henri Coanda is an international airport for commercial operations. It is home to 39 commercial airlines ranging from all over Europe and the Middle East. The airport also has a small military presence along with Romanian military aircraft such as fighter jets and helicopters. There will be 40 airlines at Bucharest Henri Coanda airport with the new presence of Air Canada Rouge: the holiday airline of Air Canada.
When does the partnership start?
After a talk with the heads of Bucharest National Airport Company (CNAB), Air Canada representatives agreed to operate direct flights to Henri Coanda. Starting from June 2018, the first few flights are the following:
June 7: Montreal to Bucharest
June 8: Bucharest to Montreal
June 9: Toronto to Bucharest
June 10: Bucharest to Toronto
The flight time will be around 9-10 hours both ways, depending on the winds during the flight. Winds are unpredictable and can largely change flight time. Air Canada will operate a Boeing 767-300/400 aircraft with the painting of Air Canada Rouge on the body of its aircraft (as shown in the video above).
The General Manager of CNAB, Bogdan Mandrescu, is very pleased with the new presence of the North-American airline. Air Canada happens to be Canada’s largest airline, headquartered in Quebec since 1937, so having Bucharest on its list of destinations can mean big things for Bucharest. Mandrescu describes this opportunity as “a testimony to the quality of the services we offer,” and an opportunity for Henri Coanda to become “a relevant centre of interest on the international aviation map.”
“I am convinced that this partnership with Air Canada is a good start for the far-reaching projects we have prepared,” he confidently adds.
What are other changes happening?
At the moment, there are two runways here at Henri Coanda. It will be staying that way for a while, as the airport is succeeding greatly with businesses and operations and things are going well; Henri Coanda airport handled just about 12 million passengers in 2017. However, there is still the possibility for things to happen sometime in the future, and there are talks of increasing runways or even terminals.
Bucharest may be small, but only in size. When it comes to the business, it is not small at all; it’s actually quite big. By using this to their advantage, Henri Coanda might one day become one of Europe’s busiest airports.
*Additional reporting by Toyosi O.