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Burgas Airport
Bourgas Airport
Sarafovo Airport
Летище Бургас
Burgas airport logo.png
Runway Burgas.JPG

IATA: BOJICAO: LBBG

BOJ is located in Bulgaria
BOJ
BOJ
Location of airport in Bulgaria
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Fraport Twin Star Airport Management
Serves Burgas Bulgaria
Location Burgas, Bulgaria
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 41 m / 135 ft
Coordinates 42°34′13″N 027°30′55″E / 42.57028°N 27.51528°E / 42.57028; 27.51528Coordinates: 42°34′13″N 027°30′55″E / 42.57028°N 27.51528°E / 42.57028; 27.51528
Website www.bourgas-airport.com
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 3,200 10,500 Concrete
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 2,522,319 Increase
Aircraft movements 18,869 Increase
Source: Belgian AIP at EUROCONTROL

Burgas Airport (IATA: BOJICAO: LBBG), (Bulgarian: Летище Бургас, Letishte Burgas) and also known as Sarafovo Airport is an airport in southeast Bulgaria and the second largest airport in the country. The airport is located near to the north neighbourhood of Burgas, Sarafovo almost 10 kilometres from the city centre. Between the airport and the city centre is located the Lake Atanasovsko. The airport served Burgas and seaside resorts of Bulgarian south coast.

Burgas airport has the fourth runway length on the Balkans (3200m) after Athens Airport, Sofia Airport and Belgrade Airport. The airport has also well established links to intermodal transport by land (road and railway) and sea. In 2014, the airport handled 2,522,319 passengers, a 2.0% increase compared to 2013.

History[edit]

On 27 June 1937 the French company CIDNA (now part of Air France), chose the area of Burgas Airport to build a radio station and signed a contract with the Bulgarian government for its use. The contract expressly stated that the staff of Burgas Airport would be Bulgarian.

On 29 June 1947, Balkan Bulgarian Airlines began domestic flights between Burgas, Plovdiv and Sofia, using Junkers Ju 52/3m aircraft. In the 1950s and 1960s the airport was expanded and modernized by building a concrete runway. In 1970, the airport became an international airport serving 45 destinations.[1]

Burgas airport has been subject to heavy traffic following the growing tourism industry in Bulgaria and was in need of major investments to expand and handle projected passenger traffic. In June 2006, the Bulgarian Government awarded Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide a 35-year-long concession on both Varna and Burgas airports in return for investments exceeding €500 million.

Fraport entered into partnership with Varna-based company BM Star. The concessionaire has vowed to inject 403 million Euro in the two airports during the lifespan of the arrangement. Fraport will pay 60% of an investment of EUR 403 million over the 35-year concession. The investments will be made in new terminal facilities, vehicles and equipment and expanding apron areas at the airports over the life of the concession

On 18 July 2012 a bomb exploded on a passenger bus transporting Israeli tourists at the Burgas Airport. The explosion killed seven people and injured thirty-two (see 2012 Burgas bus bombing).

Terminals[edit]

Terminal 2 – Burgas Airport
Old Burgas Airport Terminal Departures (No longer in service)

In December 2011 construction work began on the new Terminal 2. The new terminal was planned to have a capacity of 2,700,000 passengers and 31 check-in desks and covers an area of 20,000m2. The new terminal building was designed so that it can be easily upgraded to further increase capacity, if necessary. Construction of new terminal was completed in 2013 and has been in service since December 2013.[2]

Only Terminal 2 is handling passenger traffic at Burgas Airport. Terminal 1, which was built in the 1950s and expanded in the early 1990s, had become functionally obsolete and ceased operations in late 2013 following the opening of the new state-of-the-art Terminal 2, which now hadles the entire airport passengers traffic. The terminal is equipped with 31 check-in counters, three boarding-card checkpoints, nine security lanes and eight departure gates. The arrivals area (divided into Schengen and non-Schengen zones) has 12 immigration stations and four baggage carousels (one 120m long and three 70m long carousels). Passenger amenities include 800sq m of space dedicated to shopping and 1,220sq m for food and beverage (F&B) services. There is also a 550sq m outdoor courtyard.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

There are domestic and international flights to about 116 destinations in 33 countries, by more than 69 Bulgarian and foreign airlines. The busiest season for the airport is from the end of April to the beginning of October.

Scheduled flights[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin
Aeroflot
operated by Rossiya
Seasonal: Saint Petersburg
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga[3]
BH Air Seasonal: Aberdeen (resumes 30 May 2015), Belfast-International (resumes 25 May 2015), Billund (begins 22 June 2015), Birmingham (resumes 16 May 2015), Bristol (resumes 16 May 2015), Cardiff (resumes 17 May 2015), Copenhagen (begins 31 May 2015), Doncaster/Sheffield (resumes 14 May 2015), Edinburgh (resumes 18 May 2015), Glasgow-International (resumes 10 May 2015), Humberside (resumes 16 May 2015), Leeds/Bradford (resumes 16 May 2015), London-Gatwick (resumes 17 May 2015), London-Stansted (resumes 20 July 2015), Manchester (resumes 9 May 2015), Newcastle upon Tyne (resumes 8 May 2015), Norwich (resumes 17 May 2015), Nottingham/East Midlands (resumes 10 May 2015), Zürich (begins 17 June 2015)
Bulgaria Air Sofia, Varna
Seasonal: Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Saint Petersburg
Germania Seasonal: Bremen[4]
Germanwings Seasonal: Düsseldorf (begins 1 July 2015), Stuttgart (begins 24 May 2015)
Jetairfly[5] Seasonal: Brussels
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda (begins 23 June 2015)
S7 Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo
Seasonal: Novosibirsk[6]
SmartWings
operated by Travel Service[7]
Seasonal: Brno, Ostrava, Pardubice, Prague
SmartWings
operated by Travel Service Slovakia[7]
Seasonal: Bratislava, Košice
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow-International, London-Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Thomson Airways Seasonal: Belfast-International, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Dublin, Glasgow-International, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Nottingham/East Midlands[6]
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam[8]
Ural Airlines Seasonal: Samara (begins 8 June 2015), Yekaterinburg
Wizz Air London-Luton
Seasonal: Budapest, Katowice, Warsaw-Chopin

Seasonal charter flights[edit]

Belavia Boeing 737-500 taxing at Burgas Airport.
Condor Boeing 757-300 at Burgas Airport.
Air Via Airbus A320 ground handling at Burgas Airport.
Airlines Destinations
airBaltic Tallinn (begins 6 June 2015)
Air Contractors Dublin (resumes 26 May 2015)
Air VIA Berlin-Tegel (resumes 27 May 2015), Dresden (resumes 28 May 2015), Düsseldorf (resumes 30 May 2015), Frankfurt (resumes 23 May 2015), Hannover (resumes 23 May 2015), Leipzig/Halle (resumes 26 May 2015), Nuremberg (resumes 27 May 2015), Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion (resumes 21 May 2015)[6]
Atlasjet Ukraine Lviv[9]
Azur Air Moscow-Domodedovo (begins 1 June 2015), Surgut (begins 4 June 2015)
Belavia Brest (resumes 30 May 2015), Gomel (resumes 31 May 2015),[10] Hrodna (begins 17 June 2015), Minsk-National (resumes 30 May 2015),[6] Mogilev (begins 13 June 2015)
BH Air Aalborg (resumes 9 June 2015), Ålesund (resumes 23 June 2015), Astana (resumes 25 June 2015), Beirut (resumes 6 July 2015), Bergen (resumes 17 June 2015), Harstad/Narvik (resumes 4 June 2015), Haugesund (resumes 18 June 2015), Tromsø (resumes 24 June 2015), Trondheim (resumes 10 June 2015)[6]
Bulgaria Air Almaty (resumes 3 June 2015), Amsterdam (resumes 2 June 2015), Billund (resumes 28 June 2015), Copenhagen (resumes 27 June 2015), Katowice (begins 2 June 2015), Kuwait (resumes 17 July 2015), Pardubice (begins 20 June 2015), Poznań (begins 5 June 2015), Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion (resumes 21 May 2015), Warsaw-Chopin (begins 5 June 2015), Wroclaw (begins 5 June 2015)[6]
Bulgarian Air Charter Basel/Mulhouse (begins 25 May 2015), Berlin-Schönefeld (resumes 23 May 2015), Berlin-Tegel (resumes 24 May 2015), Bratislava (resumes 5 June 2015), Cologne/Bonn (resumes 24 May 2015), Debrecen (resumes 15 June 2015), Dresden (resumes 23 May 2015), Düsseldorf (resumes 3 May 2015), Frankfurt (resumes 10 May 2015), Graz (resumes 30 June 2015), Hamburg (resumes 22 May 2015), Katowice (resumes 1 June 2015), Košice (resumes 16 June 2015), Leipzig/Halle (resumes 10 May 2015), Munich (resumes 25 May 2015), Paderborn/Lippstadt (resumes 23 May 2015), Poprad (resumes 16 June 2015), Poznań (begins 19 June 2015), Prague (resumes 25 June 2015), Rzeszów (resumes 23 June 2015), Sliač (resumes 12 June 2015), Stuttgart (resumes 23 May 2015), Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion (resumes 29 March 2015), Vienna (resumes 6 June 2015), Warsaw-Chopin (resumes 12 June 2015), Wroclaw (begins 19 June 2015), Yerevan (resumes 1 July 2015)[6]
Condor Frankfurt (resumes 2 June 2015), Leipzig/Halle (resumes 29 May 2015), Manchester (begins 22 May 2015)[11]
Corendon Dutch Airlines Amsterdam (resumes 18 May 2015)[6]
Dart Aviation Kharkiv (begins 15 June 2015), Kiev-Zhuliany (begins 5 June 2015)
Enter Air Bydgoszcz (resumes 5 June 2015), Katowice (resumes 1 June 2015), Lódź (begins 17 June 2015), Lublin (resumes 5 June 2015), Poznań (resumes 5 June 2015), Szczecin (resumes 5 June 2015), Warsaw-Chopin (resumes 2 June 2015), Wroclaw (resumes 5 June 2015)[12]
Europe Airpost Paris-Charles de Gaulle (begins 14 July 2015)
Germania Düsseldorf (resumes 22 May 2015), Munich (begins 22 May 2015)
I-Fly Moscow-Vnukovo (resumes 1 June 2015)[6]
Ikar Air Moscow-Sheremetyevo (begins 1 June 2015)
Jetairfly Brussels (resumes 2 May 2015)
Jet Time Billund (begins 26 May 2015), Oslo-Gardermoen (resumes 26 May 2015)
Malmö Aviation Gothenburg-Landvetter (begins 26 May 2015), Malmö (resumes 12 June 2015)
MetroJet Moscow-Domodedovo (resumes 1 June 2015)
Nordavia Moscow-Sheremetyevo (resumes 1 June 2015)[6]
NordStar Moscow-Domodedovo (begins 1 May 2015), Saint Petersburg (resumes 15 May 2015)
Nordwind Airlines Moscow-Sheremetyevo (resumes 1 June 2015)
Norwegian Air Shuttle Stavanger (resumes 23 June 2015)
Novair Oslo-Gardermoen (begins 25 May 2015)
Orenair Moscow-Domodedovo (resumes 8 June 2015)
Saratov Airlines Saratov (begns 13 June 2015)
Scandinavian Airlines Gothenburg-Landvetter (resumes 19 June 2015), Oslo-Gardermoen (resumes 26 June 2015), Stavanger (resumes 23 June 2015), Stockholm-Arlanda (begins 19 June 2015)
Severstal Air Company Cherepovets (resumes 2 June 2015)
Small Planet Airlines Vilnius (resumes 10 June 2015)
Small Planet Airlines Poland Gdańsk (resumes 16 June 2015), Katowice (resumes 8 June 2015), Kraków (resumes 16 June 2015), Poznań (begins 8 June 2015), Warsaw-Chopin (resumes 8 June 2015)[6]
SmartLynx Airlines Riga (resumes 31 May 2015)[6]
SmartLynx Airlines Estonia Tallinn (resumes 9 June 2015)[6]
Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium Brussels (resumes 7 May 2015)
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Helsinki (resumes 24 May 2015), Oslo-Gardermoen (resumes 23 June 2015)
Transaero Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo (resumes 18 May 2015), Moscow-Vnukovo (begins 1 June 2015), Saint Petersburg (resumes 18 May 2015)[13]
Transavia.com Brussels (resumes 2 July 2015), Weeze (resumes 2 July 2015)
Travel Service Brno (resumes 31 May 2015), Ostrava (resumes 11 June 2015), Pardubice (resumes 13 June 2015), Prague (resumes 30 May 2015)
Travel Service Hungary Budapest (resumes 23 June 2015)[6]
Travel Service Polska Lublin (begins 22 June 2015), Poznań (resumes 15 June 2015), Rzeszów (begins 22 June 2015), Warsaw-Chopin (resumes 8 June 2015), Wroclaw (resumes 9 June 2015)
Travel Service Slovakia Bratislava (resumes 11 June 2015), Košice (resumes 11 June 2015), Poprad (resumes 17 June 2015), Sliač (resumes 18 June 2015)
TUIfly Nordic Copenhagen (resumes 26 May 2015), Helsinki (begins 27 May 2015), Stockholm-Arlanda (begins 24 May 2015)
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev-Boryspil (resumes 29 May 2015)
UTair Aviation Moscow-Vnukovo (resumes 29 May 2015)
UTair Ukraine Kiev-Boryspil (begins 26 May 2015)
VIM Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo (resumes 18 May 2015)
Windrose Airlines Dnipropetrovsk (resumes 5 June 2015), Kiev-Boryspil (resumes 5 June 2015), Lviv (resumes 5 June 2015)[6]
Yamal Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo (resumes 18 May 2015)

Cargo airlines[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Kalitta Air[14] charters
National Airlines[15] charters
Silk Way Airlines[16] charters

Destinations map[edit]

The map includes scheduled and charter destinations in Europe and part from Middle East.

Statistics[edit]

Traffic at Burgas Airport
Year Domestic
passenger
Change International
passenger
Change Total Change Aircraft
movements
Change
1998
16,020
417,004
433,024
6,092
1999
14,734
Decrease 8%
324,563
Decrease 22%
339,297
Decrease 21.6%
5,722
Decrease 6.1%
2000
8,964
Decrease 39.2%
389,051
Increase 19.9%
398,015
Increase 17.3%
5,224
Decrease 8.7%
2001
1,993
Decrease 77.8%
592,403
Increase 52.3%
594,396
Increase 49.3%
5,633
Increase7.8%
2002
1,882
Decrease 5.6%
765,594
Increase 29.2%
767,476
Increase 29.1%
6,515
Increase 15.6%
2003
1,858
Decrease 1.3%
1,024,179
Increase 33.8%
1,026,037
Increase 33.7%
8,136
Increase 24.8%
2004
2,621
Increase 41.1%
1,339,552
Increase 30.8%
1,342,173
Increase 30.8%
10,692
Increase 31.4%
2005
2,232
Decrease 14.8%
1,553,398
Increase 16%
1,555,603
Increase 16%
11,842
Increase 10.7%
2006
1,504
Decrease 32.6%
1,706,695
Increase 9.9%
1,708,199
Increase 9.8%
13,364
Increase 12.8%
2007
11,346
Increase 654.4%
1,926,279
Increase 12.9%
1,937,625
Increase 13.4%
13,606
Increase 1.8%
2008
15,061
Increase 32.7%
1,905,562
Decrease 1.1%
1,920,623
Decrease 0.8%
13,794
Increase 1.4%
2009
12,450
Decrease 17.3%
1,671,336
Decrease 12.3%
1,683,786
Decrease 12.3%
11,956
Decrease 13.3%
2010
14,273
Increase 14.6%
1,858,345
Increase 11.2%
1,872,618
Increase 11.2%
13,774
Increase 15.2%
2011[17]
77,789
Increase 445%
2,151,256
Increase 21.2%
2,229,045
Increase 19%
19,215
Increase 19%
2012
69,244
Decrease 11%
2,287,621
Increase 6.3%
2,356,865
Increase 5.7%
16,961
Decrease 11.7%
2013
44,780
Decrease 34.3%
2,416,868
Increase 2.5%
2,461,648
Increase 4.4%
18,008
Increase 6.2%
2014
36,589
Decrease 18.3%
2,485,730
Increase 2.8%
2,522,319
Increase 2.6%
18,869
Increase 0.8%
2015 (01.01-31.03) Decrease Increase
29,993[18]
Increase 3.7%
550
Increase 30.0%

Transport links[edit]

Bus[edit]

Line No 15 (Bus-stop: located at the entrance of the airport area).Initial and final bus stops in Burgas – Burgas bus station "South".

Taxi[edit]

The Taxi Piazza is located in front of the Arrivals Terminal at Burgas Airport. A taxi ride from Burgas Airport to the city takes approx 15 minutes, depending on the traffic intensity.

Parking[edit]

Passengers and guests arriving at Burgas Airport with their personal car can use the commercially available parking lot, located in the immediate vicinity of the main terminal building. The parking lot has 199 car spaces available and is accessible 24 hours a day.[19]

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On 18 July 2012, an attack at Burgas Airport occurred. A suicide bomber boarded a bus which was transporting Israeli citizens to the Bulgarian resort of Sunny Beach located in Burgas, the perpetrator detonated the bomb killing 6 civilians (+ 1 suicide bomber) as well as injuring 32 people. The attack resulted in the closure of Burgas Airport for over 30 hours, resulting in the majority of flights diverting to Varna Airport.[20][21]

Gallery[edit]

Burgas Airport
The control tower of Burgas Airport. 
TUIfly Nordic Boeing 737-800 taxiing at Burgas Airport. 
Burgas Airport apron at night. 
Bulgaria Air Boeing 737-500 with old livery at Burgas Airport. 
Burgas Airport summer traffic. 
Old (2012) and new (2013) Boarding Pass. 
Burgas Airport seen from the sky shortly after take-off 
Thomas Cook Airlines Boeing 767 at Burgas Airport 
Luxair Boeing 737 at Burgas Airport 

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Bulgarian) http://cholakovv.com/bg/projects/followme
  2. ^ http://www.airport-world.com/home/general-news/item/3413-new-terminal-at-burgas-airport-opens/
  3. ^ J, L (13 March 2014). "airBaltic Adds Bourgas / Varna Seasonal Service in Summer 2014". Airline Route. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Germania Summer Flight Schedule / 30.04.2015 - 31.10.2015" (PDF). Germania. 
  5. ^ "Jetairfly Flight Plan". Jetairfly. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Bourgas Airport Schedule". Information and Services. Bourgas Airport. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "SmartWings Flight schedule". smartwings.com. 
  8. ^ Transavia.com destinations map
  9. ^ http://chronicle.bg/ot-yuni-atlasjet-ukrajna-shhe-izv-rshva-chart-rni-poleti-do-burgas/
  10. ^ Belavia begin new charter service to Gomel from summer 2014
  11. ^ Condor begin new service from Manchester to Burgas from May 2015
  12. ^ Enter Air route map and destinations
  13. ^ Photos – Transaero at Burgas Airport (in Bulgarian)
  14. ^ Photos – Kalitta Air at Burgas Airport (in Bulgarian)
  15. ^ Photos – National Airlines at Burgas Airport (in Bulgarian)
  16. ^ Photos – Silk Way Airlines at Burgas Airport (in Bulgarian)
  17. ^ http://www.fraport.com/content/fraport-ag/en/investor_relations/traffic_data0/fraport_group.html
  18. ^ http://www.fraport.de/content/fraport/de/misc/binaer/investor-relations/verkehrszahlen/2015/fraport-traffic-figures-march-2015/jcr:content.file/fraport-traffic-sheet-2015-march.pdf
  19. ^ http://www.bourgas-airport.com/PassengerServices/Parking/tabid/179/language/en-US/Default.aspx
  20. ^ http://www.timesofisrael.com/explosion-rocks-israeli-tour-bus-in-bulgaria Attack Ref 1
  21. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/20/world/europe/explosion-on-bulgaria-tour-bus-kills-at-least-five-israelis.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all Attack Ref 2

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