Otopeni Airport has become a real anthill, no matter the day or the hour, because during this period more and more Romanians go on vacation. Queues of hundreds of people have been forming since last night for check-ins, security checks, food and even toilets. David Ciceo, president of the Airports Association, told Digi24 that airport delays and congestion have become a general problem in Europe, and in Romania the situation is better compared to other states.
At Henri Coandă Airport, the traffic for the first 4 months of the year exceeded 3 million passengers. Air traffic was higher than expected, shrinking from 2019, the best year in the history of air traffic, and reaching about 80% of the 2019 level.
David Ciceo, President of the Airports Association: “There is a general problem in Europe with congestion and delays. The situation in Romania is better than in the rest of Europe. We are sorry for the inconvenience of passengers, we try to mitigate as much as possible the causes of these delays, the cause of this congestion, the lack of staff at major airports in Europe, the lack of staff for airlines and handling companies in times of crisis. “
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Ciceo says one of the main causes is staff layoffs during the pandemic. He also had some recommendations for tourists who leave the country during this period by plane.
“They laid off staff, the traffic increased quite abruptly in May 2022. Compared to May 2021, the traffic is three times higher in Romania and also in Europe. People need to find out from the airlines about the tourist charters. “The day before, they should check the time and flight again. They should be at the airport three hours before, so that they can check in and all the procedures,” the president of the Airports Association told Digi24.
People complain that they do not receive information about the delays.
– We stayed here last night, we had to take off at 23.40, they postponed us until 1.40, we don’t know why. They put us on the plane and got us off. They scheduled us today for 1 p.m.
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