Iași International Airport

Iași International Airport (IATA: IAS, ICAO: LRIA) is an international airport located in Iași, Romania, 8 km (5 mi) east of the city centre. One of the oldest accredited airports in Romania and the most important airport in the historical region of Moldavia, Iași Airport was in 2019 the fourth-busiest airport in Romania in terms of passenger traffic.

Iași International Airport

Aeroportul Internațional Iași
Iași Airport logo.png
Romania Iași Airport T3.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorIași County Council
ServesIași
LocationIași, Romania
Focus city forWizz Air,Blue Air
Elevation AMSL411 ft / 125 m
Coordinates47°10′44″N 027°37′12″E / 47.17889°N 27.62000°E / 47.17889; 27.62000 (Iași International Airport)Coordinates: 47°10′44″N 027°37′12″E / 47.17889°N 27.62000°E / 47.17889; 27.62000 (Iași International Airport)
Websiteaeroport-iasi.ro
Map
IAS is located in Romania
IAS
IAS
Location of airport in Romania
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
14/32 2,400 7,874 Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Passengers1,314,244 Increase 4,58%
Aircraft movements12,493
Sources: Romanian AIP at EUROCONTROL,[1] aeroport.ro,[2][3][4] Aircraft movements data[5]

HistoryEdit

The Iași region earned its commercial representative status on 24 June 1926, when scheduled flights commenced on the route BucharestGalați – Iași – Chișinău. The flights were operated by Compagnie Franco-Roumaine de Navigation Aérienne - CFRNA, in 1930 renamed LARES.[6]

In 1966, a north–south concrete runway, 15/33, with a total length of 1,800 m (5,906 ft), and a modern lighting system, were built, followed three years later by the construction of a passenger terminal.[7] In 2001, the passenger terminal was upgraded to use separate flows for domestic and international flights.[7]

In June 2012, a new passenger terminal, named T2, was added, increasing the total processing capacity to 215 pax/hour.[7] The terminal was designated to be used for Schengen/domestic flights.[8] The old terminal has been renamed T1.

In 2013, Iași International Airport started a long-term, multi-stage upgrade program.[9] Module I of the project (an estimated 57 million investment) was completed in November 2015,[10] and involved the construction of a new runway, a terminal building, and the extension of the apron.[7][11][12] On 20 August 2014, the first 1,800 m (5,906 ft) of the new runway 14/32 went into operation,[13] whilst the entire length of 2,400 m (7,874 ft) became fully operational on 16 October 2014.[14] The old runway 15/33 was converted into a taxiway. On 17 October 2015, the third terminal building (T3) with a processing capacity of 320 pax/hour and two boarding gates, was inaugurated.[15] A project which includes the expansion of T2 (that would double the terminal's area) was also proposed, in October 2015.[16]

On 13 November 2017, Iași Airport exceeded the 1,000,000 passenger mark.[17]

In March 2021, an extension of the apron was completed and a new taxiway was inaugurated.[18]

The airport experienced a surge in traffic in February 2022, as Moldova closed its airspace due to the Russian Invasion of Ukraine. Due to the airport's proximity to the Moldovan border, many airlines decided to reroute their flights to Chișinău to Iași's airport, while other airlines announced plans to increase the number of destinations served from Iași.[19]

On 9 May 2022, a contract of over €66 million was signed with Strabag for the design and execution of the T4 passenger terminal and the extension of the parking lot.[20] With an area of 31,210 m2 (335,942 sq ft) and a processing capacity of 3.3 million passengers/year, the new terminal will have seven gates (four jetways and three ground-loading gates).[21][22] The completion term of the project is estimated to be December 2023.[21]

For the long term, the development project proposes other modules for the construction of a new apron, two rapid-exit taxiways, a cargo terminal, an aircraft fuel depot, a new access roadway, as well as of a 600-metre (2,000 ft) extension for the runway to a total length of 3,000 m (9,843 ft).[9][11]

TerminalsEdit

The airport facilities consist of three terminals. The old terminal T1 and the lastly built T3 are used to accommodate international flights, while T2 is used for domestic flights. Following the completion of works on the new terminal T4, there are plans for T2 to be converted into a cargo terminal, while T1 will function as an administrative space and T3 will continue to be used for domestic flights.[22]

InfrastructureEdit

RunwayEdit

Iași Airport sits at an elevation of 411 feet (125 m). There is one runway at the airport, aligned in the north–south direction.[23][24]

Number Length Width ILS Notes
14/32 2,400 metres (7,874 ft) 45 metres (148 ft) Cat. II (14) Equipped at both ends with Approach Lighting Systems (ALSF II).

Other facilitiesEdit

On the airport grounds, Aerostar provides aircraft maintenance services at its new center opened in September 2020.[25]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Iași Airport:

AirlinesDestinations
Air Bucharest Seasonal charter: Antalya[26]
Animawings Seasonal: Antalya[27]
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Blue Air[28] (all routes suspended until 10 October 2022)[29] Amsterdam (begins 26 March 2023),[30] Athens (begins 27 March 2023),[31] Barcelona, Bucharest, Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen (begins 28 March 2023),[32] Milan–Linate (begins 26 March 2023),[33] Prague (begins 30 March 2023),[34] Rome–Fiumicino (begins 26 March 2023),[35] Tel Aviv (begins 28 March 2023)[36]
Seasonal: Catania (begins 28 March 2023),[37] Chania (begins 4 June 2023),[38] Corfu (begins 3 June 2023),[39] Heraklion, Larnaca (begins 28 March 2023),[40] Mykonos (begins 3 June 2023),[41] Preveza/Lefkada (begins 6 June 2023),[42] Rhodes (begins 2 June 2023),[43] Zakynthos
Corendon Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya,[44] Heraklion[44]
HiSky Dublin
TAROM Bucharest
Wizz Air[45] Barcelona, Bari, Basel/Mulhouse (begins 13 December 2022),[46] Beauvais, Bergamo, Billund, Bologna, Catania, Charleroi, Copenhagen (begins 13 December 2022),[47] Dortmund, Eindhoven, Larnaca, Liverpool, London–Luton, Madrid,[48] Memmingen (begins 12 December 2022),[49] Prague, Rome–Fiumicino, Tel Aviv, Treviso, Turin
Seasonal: Santorini[50]

Traffic and statisticsEdit

Annual passenger traffic at IAS airport. See Wikidata query.
Annual passenger and aircraft statistics
Year PassengersA (% change from previous year) Aircraft movementsB
2005
41,960(+52%)
1,796
2006
70,592(+68.2%)
2,377
2007
126,334(+79%)
3,442
2008
144,043(+14%)
3,860
2009
148,538(+3.1%)
4,961
2010
159,615(+7.5%)
4,755
2011
184,311(+15.4%)
2012
173,248(-6%)
4,800
2013
231,731(+33.8%)
4,723
2014
273,047(+17.7%)
4,851
2015
381,709(+39.5%)
6,088
2016
881,157(+131.2%)
10,269
2017
1,146,218(+30.1%)
11,752
2018
1,256,640(+9.6%)
12,749
2019
1,314,244(+4.6%)
12,493
2020
468,125(-64.4%)
2021
639,532(+36.6%)

Notes: A.^ Passengers data sources:[51][52][53][54][55][4][56]
B.^ Aircraft movements data sources:[51][52][57][58]

Month Passengers[3][4] Change Passengers
cumulatively (YTD)
Change
2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
January 76,781 83,323 95,452 93,224 19,180 53,756   180.3% 53,756   180.3%
February 73,783 74,070 90,687 85,025 12,457 44,901   260.4% 98,657   211.8%
March 82,009 81,707 95,003 39,528 14,063 119,387   748.9% 218,044   377.1%
April 87,850 92,522 102,211 6,631 23,868 139,187   483.2% 357,231   413.5%
May 89,796 95,304 111,247 5,103 34,308 159,813   365.8% 517,044   397.7%
June 101,615 100,930 122,409 9,576 53,726 173,719   223.3% 690,763   338.3%
July 118,362 131,917 132,721 48,600 89,292 177,642   98.9% 868.405   257.17%
August 125,605 142,839 134,975 61,128 116,390 181,400   55.9% 1,049,805
September 114,954 132,800 124,593 96,444
October 107,114 124,040 112,718 69,165
November 85,354 102,035
December 83,318 95,070

Note: C.^ Data statistics: 2014,[59] 2015[60]

Ground transportationEdit

BusEdit

CTP, the public transit operator in Iași, provides service on route 50, to the Iași railway station, at specific times of the day, correlated with flight arrivals and departures.[61] As of November 2018, the fare is 2.5 RON (€0.54) for a single-trip ticket.

Operator Route Destination Stops Schedule
CTP Iași 50 Aeroport Express service from Iași railway station to Iași Airport Gara Iași - Piața Unirii (city centre) - Tg.Cucu - Aeroport [62]

TaxiEdit

Various taxis have access to and from the airport. The charges vary around 2.50 RON/km.[63]

The airport can also be reached from the Republic of Moldova by road, the airport is located near the border.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  14. ^ New runway at Iași International Airport
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External linksEdit

  Media related to Iași International Airport at Wikimedia Commons