The ‘Traian Vuia’ International Airport in Timisoara (AIT), Romania, has reportedly inaugurated its new international passenger arrivals terminal.

This move follows the completion of the first stage of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure’s investment project that is partially financed by non-reimbursable European funds.

Work on the project commenced in February 2019, with the second stage involving the construction of the international passenger departures terminal.

As reported in Agerpres, the project entails a total investment of around $7.3m (RON30.35m), VAT included.

Of this, RON2.34m was procured through the state budget, RON13.27m represent non-reimbursable European funds while RON14.73m was from the Timisoara Airport’s own funds.

The new 4,383m² terminal has four arrival gates and the capacity to simultaneously serve approximately 540 passengers.

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This is said to facilitate an increase in air traffic to about three million passengers per year.

The new arrivals terminal includes three customs checkpoints, ten border police checkpoints along with approximately 200m² of luggage processing area. It also has other specific facilities and utilities.

In 2019, Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Romania’s South Development Group to explore opportunities to manage and develop airports in Romania.

The MoU covers Bucharest Airport, as well as five regional Romanian airports. It marked ADAC’s first venture outside of the UAE.

In another development in the country in the same year, Mitsubishi secured a contract to supply a terminal Doppler lidar system to the Romanian Air Traffic Services Administration (ROMATSA).

Using microwaves, the terminal Doppler weather radar systems measure precipitation movements to effectively detect wind shear around airports in wet-weather conditions.