‘Henri Coanda’ International Airport in Bucharest finished last year the 43rd in the top of EU airports after the total passengers carried, according to the figures coming from a publication issued by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union on Wednesday.
Thus, the largest airport in Romania served 8.26 million passengers in 2014, up by 8.9 percent compared to 2013. Of these, 6.4 million passengers have arrived or departed from / to EU destinations, 1, 4 million to international destinations outside the EU and 497,000 passengers are domestic flights.
The Romanian International Airport also known as Otopeni Airport is way ahead Larnaka international – Cyprus (60), Sofia – Bulgaria (81) or Luxembourg (105).
London/Heathrow remained the EU’s busiest passenger airport in 2014, with 73.4 million passengers handled, slightly up (+1.4 percent) compared with 2013. Paris/Charles de Gaulle (63.7 million, +2.8 percent), Frankfurt/Main (59.4 million, +2.7 percent) and Amsterdam/Schiphol (55.0 million, +4.6 percent) were the second, third and fourth busiest airports, followed at a distance by Madrid/Barajas (41.5 million, +4.7 percent), Munich (39.6 million, +2.7 percent), Roma/Fiumicino (38.3 million, +6.5 percent), London/Gatwick (38.1 million, +7.5 percent) and Barcelona (37.4 million, +6.4 percent).
Each of the top 30 airports registered an increase in the number of passengers handled in 2014, except Warszawa/Chopina (-0.9 percent) in Poland. The highest rise among the top 30 airports was registered in Athens (+21.8 percent), followed by Brussels (+14.6 percent), Lisboa (+13.3 percent) and London Stansted (+11.7 percent).
In 2014, 879.4 million passengers travelled by air in the European Union (EU), up by 4.4 percent compared with 2013 and by 16.9 percent compared to 2009. Over this period, air passenger transport has steadily risen in the EU. In 2014, intra-EU transport represented 44.1 percent of total air passenger transport in the EU, followed by extra-EU transport (38.1 percent), while national transport accounted for fewer than 1 in every 5 passengers (17.7 percent).