Cluj-Napoca’s Avram Iancu International Airport has embarked on a significant expansion project for its North side passenger departure terminal, an investment totaling RON 365.7 million (EUR 73.7 million). However, there are indications that the construction works might extend beyond the planned timeline.
The ambitious project aims to expand the departure terminal by approximately 7,200 square meters and the aircraft parking platform by nearly 9,000 square meters. These expansions are designed to accommodate the growing passenger traffic, which has been on a steady rise. The new sections will feature state-of-the-art C3 standard security devices and include two boarding gates for international flights and one for domestic flights.
This expansion is crucial for optimizing passenger flow during peak hours and busy time intervals. With the anticipated increase in the number of flights, the expanded facilities are expected to significantly enhance the airport’s operational capacity.
A considerable portion of the funding for this project comes from the European Union, which has contributed RON 129.6 million towards the terminal expansion.
David Ciceo, the general director of Cluj International Airport, highlighted the importance of this project in light of the increasing passenger traffic. “In 2023, we are projected to exceed 3 million passengers,” he stated, emphasizing the growth compared to previous years. “This expansion is vital for improving our passenger and baggage processing capacity and will contribute to reducing the time required for check-in formalities, security checks, and border document control.”
Despite these optimistic projections, there are concerns that the construction works may extend beyond the initially scheduled completion date. This could potentially lead to continued congestion and inconvenience for passengers, as seen in recent times.
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