17 May Brasov Airport Finally Under Construction
Finally, after many years of political deadlock the construction of Brasov/ airport has started!
The fundamental problem of Brasov County in terms of regional development was the absence of an airport.
Today Brasov is fed from airports at a 2,5 to 3 hours drive. despite this fact tourism was already growing at > 10% / year. Without the airport Brasov is already doing quite well … however the airport will be a tremendous boost, not just for tourism.
For many reasons Brasov is a much better location for international businesses to settle, for one it is much more pleasant then Bucharest for expats, it is not so congested, it is centrally located for distribution.
Today virtually all international people traffic to Brasov come through the airport of Bucharest, Henri Coandă.
The politics that held up the construction of the Brasov airport also had to do with the strife between Bucharest and Brasov. Bucharest being 10 times the size of Brasov holds a lot of the monopoly of international investment. Brasov is very attractive for international companies to settle … except for its reachability … this disadvantage will now quickly disappear.
After several years of political fights, numerous public tenders and disputes, works on the runway of the future Brasov-Ghimbav International Airport near Brasov, central Romania, began two days ago, informs Agerpres newswire.
Aristotel Cancescu, the president of the Brasov County Council, said that this is for the second time when authorities begin works on the site after lack of finance triggered by the economic crisis put the project on hold in 2008.
Building the runway will cost some EUR 12.7 million and the project should be delivered by November 30. The funds come from the County Council budget. The entire airport could be completed in 2015, the authorities hope, although not all the necessary financing is secured.
Local official say the construction of the airport is extremely important for the region and for the city of Brasov and they hope it will help attract more business as well as tourists to the city and the surrounding areas.