Hello Everyone, After being a big fan of flight-report.com for a long time, I’ve decided to contribute some of my own experiences to this group. This is my first report from a short business trip to Timisoara, Romania. It’s a very nice city located in the western part of Romania, near the Hungarian and the Serbian borders. The airport itself is very small and located about 10km from the city center. There are 2 Terminals, one domestic and one international, even though it’s hard to call them terminals. It looks more like a big hangar divided into 2 sections.
But, it has an historical artifact from a bygone era. The main FID is a mechanical board with switching panels, letters and numbers that take you back into the good old seventies.
The airport itself is not a very busy one and there are two separate security checks areas: for domestic and international flights. The domestic waiting area is just a plain hall with chairs and has a small kiosk that sells drinks and some sandwiches. The international part is a bit bigger, as it spreads over two floors and even has a small duty free shop.
The plane arrived from Bucharest around 14:00 and it was an ATR-72 as was scheduled. Tarom usually operates the morning and evening flights with B737 or A318, but this being not a very busy midday flight, it usually gets the honor to be served by an ATR. I love these prop planes, as the experience you get on them is much nicer than on the bigger jets. I’ve been flying many years on this route, but it was years ago that I flew on an ATR, which I remembered as being fun.
Our plane for today was YR-ATI, a 10 year old plane. Tarom usually flies these planes on internal routes from Bucharest to other cities in Romania.
Boarding was called just after the plane was offloaded and the passengers moved into a holding area with open views of the runway. This being a very small airport, the passengers get to walk to and from the planes.
Some spottings during the wait:
After a short wait in the holding area we were released to the field and a long line was formed at the entrance of the plane. It was still being cleaned and serviced and we waited near the the plane. It was a beautiful day, so no complaints from me.
I always like to be the last one boarding the plane, so i had the most fresh air on the tarmac. The cabin itself is in a good condition and was clean and well maintained. The only surprise for me was the size of the overhead bins. They were tiny. I could not fit my small backpack lengthwise and had to turn it around.
The seats are covered in leather and the pitch is ok. Doesn’t feel cramped at all. After flying for so long on lcc carriers, realizing that a correct pitch and a seat recline still exist was a nice reminder.
The takeoff was very smooth and and the cabin was very quiet during the flight. The crew ( only 2 of them) started the service about 20 Minutes after takeoff which included free drinks and a small cheese sandwich. Tarom does not offer any buy on board service.
After the crew finished the food and drink service it was just a smooth sailing towards Bucharest. The cabin was very quiet. As there is no entertainment option nor wifi, everyone is in charge of his own entertainment.
The landing was smooth and the plane was parked in the remote area of the airport. A bus arrived and drove us to the domestic terminal.
Some other planes parked around. They are the big three of the Romanian air travel companies: Blue Air, Air Bucharest and Tarom.
Thank you for reading.
Timişoara - TSR
Bucharest - OTP
Short and sweet flight. Flight time a bit longer than by a jet but a completely different feel to travel. Timisoara airport: very small, nothing to do or see but the plus side is that there are no lines and long waits for security. Tarom: very nice and efficient crew. Clean and nice equipment. No entertainment or wifi options. Bucharest airport: the domestic terminal is small and cramped. The international terminal was expanded a few years ago and looks much nicer than before.
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