Airports in Bucharest
Bucharest has two international airports: Henri Coanda International Airport, located north of the Bucharest metropolitan area, in the town of Otopeni, Ilfov. Currently the airport has one terminal divided into three inter-connected buildings (International Departures Hall, International Arrivals Hall and the Domestic Flights Hall - at the ground level of the Arrivals Hall - ). The International Departures Hall consists of 36 check-in desks, one finger with 10 gates (5 equipped with jetways), while the Domestic Hall has an extra four gates. Today's International Arrivals Hall is actually the old Otopeni terminal, while the new Departures Hall, including the finger and the airbridges was built and inaugurated in 1997. A second finger with 7 jetways is under construction and a new building terminal on the east side is in project phase. The airport received 3.513.576 passengers in 2006 and the airport is expected to handle 4.5 million passengers in 2007.
The airport is situated only 8 km north of the Bucharest city center and is accessible by RATB buses 131, 335 and Airport Express 783, RATB tramway 5 and taxi. An extension of Line M4 of the Bucharest Metro to Aurel Vlaicu International, which will link it to the Main Train Station and the larger Henri Coanda International Airport, was approved in June 2006 and is currently in its planning stage.
The airport is located at 18 km (11 mi) north of Bucharest downtown; it is currently served by DN1 road; in the future it will be linked to the A3 motorway, currently under construction. The city of Bucharest is accessible by RATB express bus 783, which also provides a connection to the smaller Aurel Vlaicu International Airport. The city can also be accessed by taxi, and there is a proposed plan to link the airport with the Bucharest Metro system (Line M6) and with Gara de Nord (Bucharest Northern Railway Station) by a fast light-rail train.