Romania's prime minister has opened a euro60 million (US$84 million) second terminal at the capital's main airport.
Emil Boc on Tuesday welcomed a flight from Brussels with the first passengers to arrive at the new 24-gate new terminal at Bucharest's Henri Coanda airport. Authorities are expecting 6 million passengers at the airport this year, up from 4.5 million in 2010.
Romania hopes the opening of the terminal will help its entry into Europe's visa-free Schengen area.
In December, France and Germany said Romania and Bulgaria's entry should be postponed, criticizing lack of progress in tackling corruption and organized crime.