The commercial airport in Bucharest is the Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP). The airport is equipped with facilities for the disabled and persons in wheelchairs.
Henri Coandă is among the best airports in Europe for the care shown to disabled travelers. Inbound passengers with gate checked wheelchairs in the cargo won’t have to “fight” to have their wheelchair delivered to the gate. This is true whether the wheelchair is manual or powered.
If you have arrived to Bucharest on a direct flight from an airport in the United States or were a passenger on a U.S. carrier (American, Delta or United), file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Transportation for a violation of your rights under the ACAA if you have any problems or are made to wait more than 30 minutes for the return of your mobility equipment.
For passengers departing from OTP, it is possible to gate-check your wheelchair, no matter what excuses your airline’s staff may offer. Stand firm and you will be able to take your wheelchair, manual OR powered, to the gate and aircraft door. WheelchairTravel.org’s founder has personally tested this as of 2015.
The airport terminals themselves are well configured for disabled travelers, with accessible restroom facilities throughout the terminal. For more information concerning the accessibility of the Bucharest airport, visit bucharestairports.ro/en.
All passengers, especially disabled travelers, should arrive at the airport for check-in two hours prior to the departure of their flight. If you will require a loaner wheelchair to traverse the airport and terminal or need another type of disability assistance, contact your airline directly. For more information, or to read frequently asked questions about air travel with a mobility disability, consult my Wheelchair Users’ Guide to Air Travel.