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 in the historical region of Moldavia, Iași Airport is the third-busiest airport in Romania in terms of passenger traffic.

Iași International Airport

Aeroportul Internațional Iași
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorIași County Council
ServesIași
LocationIași, Romania
Opened1926 (1926)
Focus city forWizz 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)
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 (2023)
Passengers2,338,377 Increase
Aircraft movements15,435
Sources: Romanian AIP at EUROCONTROL,[1] aeroport.ro,[2][3][4] Aircraft movements data[5]

History

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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 (which became TARS in 1945, and TAROM in 1954).[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 domestic flights.[8] The old terminal was 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 included 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 following the Russian Invasion of Ukraine. Due to the airport's proximity to the Romanian-Moldovan border, some airlines decided to reroute their flights from Chișinău Airport to Iași 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] Opened on 29 March 2024,[21] T4 has an area of 31,210 m2 (335,942 sq ft), a processing capacity of 950 pax/hour, and seven gates (three jetways and four ground-level gates).[22][23][24]

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]

Terminals

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The airport facilities consist of four terminals. Passenger operations take place in the main terminal T4, used for all domestic and Schengen flights, and T3, used for non-Schengen flights. The old terminal T1 functions as office/administrative and storage space, while there are plans for the former domestic terminal T2 to be converted into a cargo terminal.[25]

Infrastructure

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Runway

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Iași Airport sits at an elevation of 411 feet (125 m). There is one runway at the airport, aligned in the north–south direction.[26][27]

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 facilities

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On the airport grounds, Aerostar provides aircraft maintenance services at its center opened in September 2020.[28] In 2022, Heli Avia Service concessioned an area of 1.54 ha (4 acres) for the construction of a new hangar for helicopter maintenance.[29]

Airlines and destinations

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

AirlinesDestinations
Animawings Bucharest–Otopeni (begins 15 September 2024)[30]
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Eurowings Seasonal: Düsseldorf,[31] Stuttgart (both end 10 June 2024)
Fly Lili Bucharest–Otopeni, Munich (both begin 29 September 2024)[32]
HiSky Dublin
Ryanair Beauvais,[33] Bergamo,[34] Charleroi,[33] Dublin
Sky Express Seasonal charter: Heraklion[35][36]
TAROM Bucharest–Otopeni
Wizz Air Barcelona, Basel/Mulhouse, Beauvais, Bergamo, Berlin,[37] Billund, Bologna, Charleroi, Copenhagen, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Istanbul,[38] Larnaca, Liverpool, London–Luton, Madrid, Memmingen,[39] Rome–Ciampino, Tel Aviv (resumes 20 June 2024), Turin,[40] Venice[41]
Seasonal: Catania

Traffic and statistics

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Annual passenger traffic at IAS airport. See Wikidata query.
Annual passenger and aircraft statistics
Year PassengersA (% change from previous year) Aircraft movementsB
2000
5,302(+?%)
499
2001
7,811(+47.3%)
510
2002
9,858(+26.2%)
880
2003
25,106(+154.7%)
1,291
2004
27,574(+9.8%)
1,405
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%)
2022
1,538,585(+140.6%)
12,652
2023
2,338,377(+52%)
15,435

Notes: A.^ Passengers data sources:[4][42][43][44][45][46][47][48]
B.^ Aircraft movements data sources:[4][42][43][49][50]

Month Passengers[3][47] 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,[51] 2015[52]

Ground transportation

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CTP, the public transit operator in Iași, provides non-stop service on route 50, to the city centre (Union Square) and the Iași railway station (also, nearby the main (Transbus Codreanu) coach station). The buses run every 30 minutes, and the journey time is approx. 20 minutes.[53] As of December 2023, the fare is 3.50 RON (€0.71), for a ticket valid for 120 minutes with multiple trips on any route within the urban area.[54]

Operator Route Destination Main stops Schedule
CTP Iași 50 Aeroport Service from Iași railway station to Iași Airport Gara Iași - Piața Unirii (city centre) - Tg.Cucu - Aeroport Every 30 minutes 24/7 service[53]

Taxi

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Various taxis have access to and from the airport. The charges vary between 2.44 and 2.99 RON/km.[55]

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

See also

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References

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  1. ^ EAD Basic
  2. ^ Iași Airport in 2013 at aeroport.ro (in Romanian)
  3. ^ a b Anna.aero database
  4. ^ a b c "Traficul de pasageri pe aeroporturile din România a crescut în anul 2022 cu 87,53%". airportaar.ro. 27 January 2023.
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  8. ^ "A new terminal for Iasi International Airport". Archived from the original on 2011-05-19. Retrieved 2012-06-14.
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  12. ^ Development and modernization - Module I Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine (in Romanian)
  13. ^ Inaugurarea pistei Aeroportului (in Romanian)
  14. ^ New runway at Iași International Airport
  15. ^ Inauguration of T3 at ziaruldeiasi.ro (in Romanian)
  16. ^ Note fundamentare Archived 2016-08-28 at the Wayback Machine (in Romanian)
  17. ^ Președintele CJ Iași recunoaște meritele conducerii Aeroportului Iași (in Romanian)
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  55. ^ Cât costă să mergi cu taxiul (in Romanian)
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