Craiova International Airport
Craiova Airport (IATA: CRA, ICAO: LRCV) is located in south-western part of Romania, near the Craiova municipality, one of Romania's largest cities. The airport region is the headquarters of Avioane Craiova SA (formerly known as IRAv Craiova), the company which built the Romanian IAR-93 and IAR-99 aircraft.
The International Airport Craiova attends both passenger traffic and aircraft movements in the south-western region of Romania. The International Airport Craiova disposes of a competent infrastructure, the main interests concerning the perpetual growth of the quality of the carried out services, of the conditions during departures, arrivals and operating aircrafts on land during national and/or international traffic, ensuring airport services for transit of persons, merchandise and postal ones, as well as services concerning national public interest, protecting in the same time the natural resources of the environment. We also give special attention to ensuring the highest level of safety and security according to the international standards. Our policy aims at a continuous improvement of the airport systems and equipements. Based on the principle of logistic complementarity , we aim at connecting to other systems of transportation (auto, railway) to ensure an inter-regional and traffic communication as fluent as possible.
History of the Craiova Airport
On January 27, 1938, Charles the IInd of Romania decreed setting up "an airport in Craiova, which would also serve as a military aerodrome, in case of war...". Starting with that year, the Craiova Airport "assigned to public air passenger and merchandise transport" functioned on the actual location.
At that time, landing and taking off were made on a dirt landing path with dimensions of 1000 x 200 m. Between 1938 and 1956 the passenger services were almost inexistent, lacking in the confort that passengers benefit of nowadays.
Between 1950 and 1952 a concrete landing path was built with dimensions
of 2000 x 60 m and there have been made the first endowments with means
of approach and landing consisting of 2 NDBs.
Between 1972 - 1989, the Craiova - Bucharest route was assigned AN-24 and IL-18 planes; the technical body, waiting room for passengers, emission center and the protocol room of the airport have been built.
The 1989 revolution and the passing market economy in Romania led to a decrease of the number of flights from the TAROM company, which meant ceasing intern regular flights starting with 1994. Starting with 1995, the Craiova Airport has been opened to intern and international traffic, servicing charter flights only.
Positioning and access
Located at a seven km distance from downtown Craiova, in the Craiova - Bucharest highway, the airport practically attend the whole region of Oltenia, being the closest air gate for Dolj, Gorj, Mehedinti, Olt and Valcea counties.
Surface for movements : 2500 x 60 m
The airport is annually authorized by the Civilian Aeronautic Romanian Authority, according to the authorization certificate issued in 2006 and it can develop the following services:
Putting the aerodrome infrastructure at the disposition of air operator for taking off, landing, development and standing of aircrafts compatible with the physical characteristics of the aerodrome, as well as embarcation/debarcation of passengers and luggage, in intern and international air transport;
Handling activites, limited within:
-embarcation/debarcation of passengers and luggage;
The airport is endowed and authorized to operate during the day as well
as during the night.
In present, the Craiova Airport can process a number of ~600 passengers/hour.
PerspectivesThe manager of the International Airport Craiova has made
several contacts with different partners in Germany, Italy, Israel and
Canada, on the purpose of achieving the objectives that we are mostly
interested in, from the point of view of following the intern and international
regulations in civil air force and to increase the security of the flights
and the comfort of the passengers, so:
There has been created a IInd class beaconage (the existent one is unclassified)
with electrogenic groups for electric air supply;technical endowments
strictly necessary for present international traffic operations - 2 PSI
vans, emptying vehicles for domestic rezidual water and toilets, a mobile
starting plane group etc;creating and endowing a cargo space, ( a big
advantage would be that the airport is completely without obstacles towards
east, which gives the possibility of an extension of the landing path
from 2500 m to 3500 m or even 4000 m).
DOLJ COUNTY COUNCIL
325 Calea Bucuresti st.
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