The oldest discovered human settlements in the region are very old. On the occasion of excavations in 1966 to expand the nearby Henri Coanda International Airport, archaeologist Margaret Constantiniu of the History Museum of Bucharest identified fragments of ancient pottery and other objects that belonged to an important human settlements existing since the first period of the Iron Age. In an overlay was discovered another settlement are dated to the 10th century.
By charter of 14 February 1587, Mihnea Turcitu - voivode of Romanian - gave Holy Trinity Monastery half to the village of Islazul and half to the village of Hodopeni (today Otopeni) mills and gypsies.
On 20 May 1620, Maria, great Baneasa, Holy Trinity monastery was given back (later Radu Voda) half the village Hodopeni with Rumani, given by Master Villa, commanding Ruman listen. Historian Giurăscu Constantin believes that Hodopeni name of the village, comes from an Hodopa or Hodoba.
At the end of the 19th century, Otopeni town was part of Dâmbovița county Ilfov province, consisting of two villages, Otopeni Lower and Otopeni Upper, with 851 inhabitants in total. The commune operated a school with 29 students and two churches (one in each village). The village chambers was then part of town Bucoveni, with 125 inhabitants.
The mayor of Otopeni is Constantin Silviu Gheorghe, from the National Liberal Party. The Otopeni Local Council has 17 councillors, even though before the 2008 local elections, it only had 15. It is considered to be a safe Liberal district, currently having the following party composition:
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