Blue Air evaluates third Romanian hub

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Romanian low-cost operator Blue Air is considering opening a third hub in the country to expand its network in the Central European nation.

The carrier operates from hubs at Bucharest and Bacău. It has yet to decide on a location for the prospective new base, or even if it will press ahead with the plans.

But speaking at the APG World Connect conference in Monaco, Adrian Ionascu, the airline's deputy general director, says "a decision will be made around February-March 2013" on its expansion.

He says the airline is looking to operate more services to countries with large Romanian communities such as Italy and Spain, and is also evaluating destinations in Northern Europe and Israel.

However, Ionascu says the airline is moving cautiously "because of the European crisis, we are not in a position to experiment".

The carrier operates a fleet of seven Boeing 737 Classics alongside a pair of Saab 340 turboprops.