Burgas Airport

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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 (2013)
Passengers 2,461,648 Increase
Aircraft movements 18,008 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.

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 2013, the airport handled 2,461,648 passengers, a 4.4% increase compared to 2012.

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]
Bulgaria Air Sofia, Varna
Seasonal: Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Moscow-Vnukovo, Saint Petersburg
Germania Seasonal: Bremen[4]
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo-Gardermoen
S7 Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo
Seasonal: Novosibirsk[5]
SmartWings
operated by Travel Service Airlines
Seasonal: Bratislava, Brno, Budapest, Košice, Ostrava, Prague
Ural Airlines Seasonal: Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg
Wizz Air London-Luton
Seasonal: Budapest, Katowice, Warsaw-Chopin

Seasonal charter flights[edit]

Travel Service Airlines Boeing 737-800 taxiing at Burgas Airport.
SmartWings Boeing 737-800 at Burgas Airport.
I-Fly Airbus A330-300 taxiing at Burgas Airport.
Condor Boeing 757-300 at Burgas Airport.
Air Via Airbus A320 ground handling at Burgas Airport.
Airlines Destinations
Adria Airways Ljubljana
Air Contractors Dublin
Air VIA Basel/Mulhouse, Berlin-Schönefeld, Berlin-Tegel, Cologne/Bonn, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Erfurt, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Leipzig/Halle, Munich, Nuremberg, Prague, Stuttgart, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion[5]
Arkefly Amsterdam
Belavia Brest, Gomel,[6] Minsk-National [5]
BH Air Aalborg, Aberdeen, Ålesund, Astana, Beirut, Belfast-International, Bergamo, Bergen, Billund, Birmingham, Bodø, Bristol, Cardiff, Catania, Copenhagen, Doncaster/Sheffield, Edinburgh, Glasgow-International, Harstad/Narvik-Evenes, Haugesund, Humberside, Lakselv, Leeds/Bradford, London-Gatwick, London-Stansted, Manchester, Naples, Newcastle upon Tyne, Norwich, Nottingham/East Midlands, Sandefjord, Tromsø, Trondheim, Zürich [5]
Bulgaria Air Almaty, Amsterdam, Billund, Brno, Copenhagen, Kazan, Kuwait, Naples, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion [5]
Bulgarian Air Charter Berlin-Schönefeld, Berlin-Tegel, Bratislava, Cologne/Bonn, Debrecen, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Graz, Hamburg, Katowice, Košice, Kuwait, Leipzig/Halle, Munich, Munster/Osnabruck, Nuremberg, Paderborn/Lippstadt, Poprad/Tatry, Prague, Riga, Rzeszow, Sliač, Stuttgart, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Vienna, Warsaw-Chopin, Yerevan [5]
Condor Frankfurt, Leipzig/Halle, Manchester (begins 22 May 2015),[7] Stuttgart
Corendon Dutch Airlines Amsterdam [5]
Enter Air Bydgoszcz, Katowice, Lublin, Poznań, Szczecin, Warsaw-Chopin, Wroclaw [5]
Eurolot Katowice, Warsaw-Chopin
Georgian Airways Tbilisi
Germania Berlin-Schönefeld, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt
Germanwings Stuttgart [5]
Grand Cru Airlines Vilnius
Hamburg Airways Düsseldorf
I-Fly Moscow-Vnukovo [5]
Jetairfly Brussels
Jet Time Helsinki, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
LOT Charters Katowice, Lódź, Wroclaw
Malmö Aviation Malmö, Odense
MetroJet Moscow-Domodedovo
Mistral Air Catania
Moskovia Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo
Niki Salzburg, Vienna
Nordavia Moscow-Sheremetyevo [5]
NordStar Saint Petersburg
Nordwind Airlines Arkhangelsk, Krasnodar, Moscow-Domodedovo, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Moscow-Vnukovo, Nizhny Novgorod , Orenburg, Saint Petersburg, Voronezh
Norwegian Air Shuttle Stavanger
Novair Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda [5]
Orenair Kazan, Moscow-Domodedovo, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Saint Petersburg, Samara [5]
Pegas Airlines Krasnoyarsk-Yemelyanovo, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Surgut, Ufa
Primera Air Helsinki[5]
Red Wings Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo
Samair Budapest [8]
Scandinavian Airlines Bergen, Billund, Copenhagen, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Malmö, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stavanger, Trondheim
Severstal Air Company Cherepovets
Small Planet Airlines Vilnius
Small Planet Airlines Poland Gdańsk, Katowice, Kraków, Warsaw-Chopin [5]
SmartLynx Airlines Riga [5]
SmartLynx Airlines Estonia Tallinn [5]
Thomas Cook Airlines Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow-International, London-Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium Brussels
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Helsinki, Oslo-Gardermoen, Trondheim
Thomson Airways Belfast-International, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Dublin, Glasgow-International, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Nottingham/East Midlands [5]
Transaero Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Saint Petersburg, Yekaterinburg [9]
Transavia.com Amsterdam, Brussels, Weeze [10]
Travel Service Airlines Brno, Ostrava, Pardubice, Prague
Travel Service Hungary Budapest [5]
Travel Service Poland Katowice, Kraków, Poznań, Warsaw-Chopin, Wroclaw
Travel Service Slovakia Bratislava, Košice, Poprad/Tatry, Sliač
TUIfly Nordic Billund, Copenhagen, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Oslo-Gardermoen
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev-Boryspil
Ural Airlines Chelyabinsk, Samara, Ufa
UTair Aviation Moscow-Domodedovo, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Moscow-Vnukovo, Surgut
VIM Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo
Windrose Airlines Dnipropetrovsk, Kharkiv, Kiev-Boryspil, Lviv [5]
XL Airways France Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Yamal Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo, Saint Petersburg
Yanair Kiev-Zhuliany

Cargo airlines[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Kalitta Air[11] charters
National Airlines[12] charters
Silk Way Airlines[13] charters

Destinations map[edit]

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

Traffic figures[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[14]
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 (01.01 - 31.10) Increase Increase
2,505,193
Increase 1.8%
18,591
Increase 2.4

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.[15]

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.[16][17]

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 

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