June 10, 2023

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    Enterprise Kind:
    Date Based:
    Stefano Bortoli
    Headquarters Location:
    Toulouse, France

Poised as the brand new Romanian regional airline primarily based on a fleet of ATR 72-600 plane and with an ambition of changing into some of the vital turboprop operators within the area, AirConnect appears able to start its delayed launch in October because it places the primary few common flights on sale.

The airline startup initially deliberate to start flying in the course of the summer season however has since pushed again its launch date as a consequence of logistical points. After receiving its first plane and having marketed for the workforce by means of its recruitment drives, AirConnect is now able to take off in the course of the autumn season on October fifteenth.


Flying from Bucharest


From its hub, the Romanian regional service has activated 5 locations, together with 4 Romanian cities and the Hungarian capital, Budapest. Curiously, Budapest is the primary of the 9 locations that AirConnect will fly to, with a twice-weekly schedule.

Flight quantity Departure time Arrival time Frequency
KS 1201 (OTP – BUD)
KS 1202 (BUD – OTP)

With its lighter construction, optimized velocity, and engines designed for brief sectors, the ATR 72-600 is probably the most fuel-efficient regional plane for an airline startup like AirConnect. Photograph: AirConnect


The next path to be launched is Bucharest-Suceava, which begins on October sixteenth and has a formidable schedule of 5 instances weekly. With a seating capability of 68 passengers on its ATR 72-600, Air Join can provide roughly 680 seats weekly on this route.

Flight quantity Departure time Arrival time Frequency
KS 1101 (OTP – SCV)
  • Mondays & Wednesdays
  • Thursdays
  • Fridays
  • Sundays
KS 1102 (SCV – OTP)

Târgu Mureș

Flight providers to the Metropolis of Roses will even be established on October sixteenth, however with a smaller schedule in comparison with Suceava, as Air Join at the moment provides three-times-weekly flights to Târgu Mureș.

Flight quantity Departure time Arrival time Frequency
KS 1107 (OTP – TGM)
  • Tuesdays
  • Thursdays
  • Sundays
KS 1108 (TGM – OTP)

Baia Mare

Then comes the launch of the Bucharest-Baia Mare route on October seventeenth, with the Romanian airline startup planning for an preliminary twice-weekly schedule to supply an estimated 272 seats to some of the necessary mining facilities in Romania.

Flight quantity Departure time Arrival time Frequency
KS 1103 (OTP – BAY)
KS 1104 (BAY – OTP)


And the ultimate vacation spot from Bucharest encompasses a thrice-weekly flight service to the historic Romanian city of Sibiu, identified for its Germanic structure within the previous city. The regional startup will provide simply over 400 seats per week to Sibiu.

Flight quantity Departure time Arrival time Frequency
KS 1105 (OTP – SBZ)
  • Mondays & Wednesdays
  • Fridays
KS 1106 (SBZ – OTP)

AirConnect capitalizes on connecting unattended routes utilizing it’s lower-capacity ATR 72-600. Photograph: AirConnect

Opening up extra routes inside Romania

It might appear that AirConnect goals to attach under-utilized metropolis pair routes with its lower-capacity ATR 72-600s, as apart from an formidable deliberate begin from Bucharest, AirConnect additionally opened up routes from Cluj, Constanta, Oradea, Suceava, Târgu Mureș, and Timisoara, whereby Budapest will even be related by way of Cluj, and the remaining is concentrated in diversified home connections.

The launch of the regional service may show fruitful in present circumstances when the Romanian aviation trade is experiencing the identical worldwide chaos, tormented by flight cancelations and delays. Already, greater than 7,000 flights have been delayed or canceled this 12 months at Otopeni Airport, and the airline startup is assured in not contributing to that rising quantity, as emphasised by Tudor Constantinescu, Normal Supervisor of AirConnect:

“We give attention to high quality providers at reasonably priced costs to change into the primary journey possibility for vacationers on the regional flights’ section.”

Nevertheless, AirConnect must compete with Romanian flag service TAROM, which additionally operates a mixture of ATR 42-500s and 72-600s, alongside a very good mixture of Boeing 737s. AirConnect hopes to win over a few of TAROM’s passengers by providing a lot decrease fares for a few of its shared metropolis pairs, corresponding to a beginning value of €33.07 ($32.95) for the Bucharest-Suceava route in comparison with TAROM’s beginning value of €78.40 ($78.13).

AirConnect’s sole ATR 72-600 was leased from Aergo Capital. Photograph: AirConnect

Plans for a rising fleet

Whereas the routes provided by the Romanian regional startup appear respectable for a begin, AirConnect nonetheless solely operates one plane in the mean time. Obtained on July seventh at Bucharest Băneasa Worldwide Airport, the ATR 72-600, registered YR-ACA, is at the moment simply over eight years previous and beforehand flew for Islena Airways and Avianca Specific earlier than discovering a brand new dwelling with AirConnect. Although the lone plane may quickly be joined by new additions, in line with the airline startup, it plans to obtain one other plane someday in September or October, adopted by one other two throughout the subsequent 12 months.

Supply: Aviacionline