Cluj Avram Iancu International Airport (Cluj Avram Iancu International Airport R.A.) belongs to the category of modern regional airports in Europe, being the second largest airport in Romania in terms of passenger traffic.
In its evolution, the airport experienced a continuous development and modernization to synchronize with air traffic growth, with increasingly advanced performances of aircraft, passenger requirements and national regulations or international standards specific to the airport.
On 8 September 2011, works began to build a new runway at Cluj Avram Iancu International Airport. The works for building the first 2,100 m of track represent the first stage of investment, whose objective is the building of a new runway of 3,500 m. It is the first runway to be built in Romania in the last 50 years. The old runway dates back to 1968 and has a width of 30 meters. The new runway is 45 m wide, up to 60 m with shoulders. The project is part of a comprehensive investment program launched by the Cluj County Council, which is currently running at the airport and plays an important role in supporting regional development and growth of passenger traffic in the medium and long term.
It is aimed to extend the boarding platform - the actual one has a length of 450 m, ensuring an additional 7 parking spaces for B737 - 900, A-321 or MD-90 aircraft type. In extending the takeoff run, perpendicularly to the runway, it is necessary to build a platform for de-icing / anti-icing, as currently this action is carried out on the existing platform.
The aim of this project is, on the one hand, to create a higher capacity of aircraft parking, and a fast clearance of the runway for smooth movements on the track, and on the other hand, to facilitate de-icing / anti-icing of a greater number of aircraft simultaneously, and create a space with a higher capacity for aircraft parking.
Intermodal transport is seen as a solution for sustainable and efficient mobility both at European and national level, in terms of resources involved, but especially in terms of cargo transport.
The necessity and opportunity of such a terminal will be identified following the fulfillment of the project of "Studies for the development of intermodal transport infrastructure for passenger and cargo at Cluj Avram Iancu International Airport" - 2011-RO-91018 - S - within trans-European transport (TEN-T) networks.
Creating a terminal dedicated to this type of transport will encourage the growth of cargo traffic at the airport, the number of passengers and amount of freight transported over long distances and reduce transport times over long distances, and economic development of the region.
Once the new 3.500m runway is completed, it is necessary to build a new control tower, taking into account the visibility required by air traffic controllers, the obstacle clearance design and the possibilities of intervention if roll-off trucks in case of emergency. The new control tower is designed to ensure air traffic safety and visual surveillance of airport activities on a much wider area. Cluj Avram Iancu International Airport together with ROMATSA and the designer chosen will identify in the next period the optimal location for the new control tower, to ensure ROMATSA requirements on usable area, visibility over the movement area, separate entrance and parking for the vehicles, so as not to affect future airport development projects and to meet the height requirements upon returning to operation under the current runway.
It is envisaged the design and installation of pillars containing nacelles with lighting reflectors for nighttime for the passenger boarding platform.
The location of pillars will be located on the south-east of the future expanded platform for boarding-disembarking passengers.