By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest
Bucharest’s International Airport Henri Coanda has won a Euro Annie Award for the fastest development in Europe, according to Romania’s National Airport Company.
The airport won the first prize of the section “the fastest growing airport” in Europe, ahead of the airport in the French city Marseille, the main contestant in this category.
According the National Airport Company, Henri Coanda won the award in a section including European airports which last year registered between 5 and 10 million passengers.
The Euro Annie Awards are granted each year by the Airline Network News and Analysis, a website specialized in civil aviation. The latest awards were conferred on 23 May according to traffic data available for more than 300 airports and airliners operating in Europe. Düsseldorf, Malta, Warsaw, Istanbul, Paris, Adana, Vilnius and Oslo range among the other European airports awarded.
„Ever since being founded, the National Airport Company assumed the mission to develop one of the most performing airports in Europe and become a model to follow on a world level by promoting the highest standards in quality services, resource and environment protection, but also a high degree of social responsibility” the company reacted in a press release issued after the receiving the award.
Late 2012, Bucharest’s International Airport Henri Coanda opened a new terminal of abut 20.000 square meters, amid the country’s efforts to join the Schengen borderless area. The new terminal doubled the airports capacity bringing it up to 4.500 passengers per hour by increasing the number of check-in offices by 52.
But the airport was dealt a severe blow last year when a Japanese teacher was brutally killed by a man pretending to be a taxi driver. The woman was approached inside the arrival terminal and lured into a nearby forest where she was raped and then murdered. The crime drew severe criticism form the Romanian media, the public and the Japanese embassy in Bucharest and prompted officials to increase security measures at the airport.