|IATA: BOJ – ICAO: LBBG
|Operator||Fraport Twin Star Airport Management|
|Elevation AMSL||41 m / 135 ft|
|Source: Belgian AIP at EUROCONTROL|
Burgas Airport (IATA: BOJ, ICAO: 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 2012, the airport handled 2,356,865 passengers, a 5.7% increase compared to 2,229,045 handled in 2011.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
|Aer Lingus||Seasonal: Dublin|
operated by Rossiya
|Seasonal: St. Petersburg|
|Bulgaria Air||Sofia, Varna
Seasonal: Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Moscow-Vnukovo, St. Petersburg
|Norwegian Air Shuttle||Seasonal: Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda|
operated by Travel Service Airlines
|Seasonal: Bratislava, Brno, Budapest, Košice, Ostrava, Prague|
|Ural Airlines||Seasonal: Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg|
Seasonal: Budapest, Katowice, Warsaw-Chopin
Seasonal charter flights
|Silk Way Airlines||charters|
The map includes scheduled and charter destinations in Europe and part from Middle East.
Line No 15 (Bus-stop: located at the entrance of the airport area).Initial and final bus stops in Burgas – Burgas bus station "South".
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.
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.
Incidents and accidents
- 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.
- List of airports in Bulgaria
- List of airlines of Bulgaria
- List of the busiest airports in Europe by passenger traffic
- 2012 Burgas bus bombing
- (Bulgarian) http://cholakovv.com/bg/projects/followme
- J, L (13 March 2014). "airBaltic Adds Bourgas / Varna Seasonal Service in Summer 2014". Airline Route. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
- "Bourgas Airport Schedule". Information and Services. Bourgas Airport. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
- Belavia begin new charter service to Gomel from summer 2014
- SAMair destinations map
- Photos – Transaero at Burgas Airport (in Bulgarian)
- Transavia.com destinations map
- Photos – Kalitta Air at Burgas Airport (in Bulgarian)
- Photos – National Airlines at Burgas Airport (in Bulgarian)
- Photos – Silk Way Airlines at Burgas Airport (in Bulgarian)
- http://www.timesofisrael.com/explosion-rocks-israeli-tour-bus-in-bulgaria Attack Ref 1
- 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