Sibiu International Airport
Aeroportul Interna?ional Sibiu
|Operator||Sibiu County Council|
|Focus city for||Wizz Air|
|Elevation AMSL||1,520 ft / 460 m|
Sibiu International Airport or Aeroportul Interna?ional Sibiu (IATA: SBZ, ICAO: LRSB) serves the city of Sibiu. It is located in southern Transylvania, 3 km (1.9 mi) west of Sibiu and about 260 km (160 mi) northwest of Romania's capital city, Bucharest.
In 1943, the flying activities have been developed on a field (with grass) of 174 ha surface. The Lockheed operating planes belonged to the first Romanian operating airline - LARES. First routes were Bucharest - Sibiu - Arad and Bucharest - Sibiu - Oradea. In 1944, Sibiu was connected by air with some other cities like Bucharest, Brasov, Deva, Oradea and Targu-Mures. In 1959, it was inaugurated the airport building with two floors, control tower, waiting room for 50 passengers on each way (embarking and debarking) and a store-room.
In 1970, the airport was capable to operate during the night, due to the approach and runway guiding lights that have been installed. The concrete runway was 2000m long and 30m wide. In 1975, radar facilities became operational and later in 1992, the airport was opened for international traffic, with flights to Stuttgart and Munich.
In 2013, Sibiu International Airport handled 189,300 passengers, which represents an increase over the previous year, while in 2014 the number of passengers increased to almost 216,000 and two new destinations to London and Dortmund have been introduced. In 2015, the total traffic grew up to 276,533 embarked-disembarked passengers, while the number of aircraft movements increased to 5,468.
In December 2016, Lufthansa announced its plans to increase operations on Munich - Sibiu route, as the airline scheduled up to 19 weekly flights from 26MAR17. The airline operates this route with CityLine CRJ900 aircraft.
In November 2017, Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe and Romania's leading carrier, announced that it will further expand its Sibiu operations, adding a second Airbus A320 aircraft to its local fleet in June 2018. At the same time WIZZ will launch five long-awaited routes from Sibiu and increase frequencies on four popular services adding a total of 21 incremental flights to its schedule. Together with the new connections to Copenhagen, Charleroi, Paris Beauvais, Basel and Frankfurt Hahn, starting in June 2018, Sibiu's low fare network will be expanded to a total of 11 routes to 8 countries. The additional aircraft will also allow WIZZ to increase the frequency of flights on four services from summer 2018: London-Luton route will become daily; Memmingen Munich and Dortmund flights will increase to five, while the connection to Nuremberg will be operated four times per week.
On 17 May 2017, TAROM announced it will expand its operations in Sibiu by opening a 3 weekly route to Stuttgart, starting 15 July 2018. The route will complement Blue Air 5 weekly (Summer 2018) services on the same route. TAROM's route was terminated already in early 2019.
|Air Bucharest||Seasonal charter: Antalya, Hurghada (begins 22 December 2019)|
|Onur Air||Seasonal charter: Antalya|
|Wizz Air|| Dortmund, Hahn, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Madrid, Memmingen, Nuremberg, Tel Aviv (ends 28 March 2020)|
Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse, Charleroi, London-Luton, London-Southend 
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