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Bucharest airports to stay closed for NATO Summit, most flights to be redirected to Constanta, Timisoara

de V.O.
Luni, 18 februarie 2008, 19:43 English | Bucharest

The Otopeni and Baneasa Airports serving Romanian capital Bucharest will be closed for civilian traffic on April 2-4 for the duration of the NATO Summit, a Transport Ministry official, Antonel Tanase, announced on Monday. he made the announcement following talks with managers of the two airports and flight operators. It is yet unclear what will happen with regular flights operated on the two airports.

Tanase told that a majority of flights will be redirected to airports in Constanta, SE Romania and Timisoara, Western Romania.

He said the decision was made for the sake of a good NATO summit development considering the high level of security measures expected during the event and the need of passenger comfort. "We cannot keep passengers on board until we find a landing route", he said.

He said the government was studying the possibility to issue a decision in this regard so that flight operators take the necessary measures in due time.

Airliners say they are expecting losses because of the measure. Blue Air general manager Gheorghe Racaru told Romanian NewsIn agency that the company might lose tens of thousands of euro during the three days the Baneasa Airport will stay closed.

My Air general manager Antonio Iervolino told the same agency that the company will annul some 30 flights for the period.

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