|Varna Airport Aksakovo
Летище Варна Аксаково
|IATA: VAR – ICAO: LBWN
|Operator||Fraport Twin Star Airport Management|
|Elevation AMSL||70 m / 230 ft|
Varna Airport (Bulgarian: Летище Варна, Letishte Varna) (IATA: VAR, ICAO: LBWN) is the airport of Varna, the historical maritime capital of Bulgaria. Varna Airport is the third largest airport in Bulgaria. The airport is located 10 kilometers from the center of Varna near the town of Aksakovo.
In 2013, the airport handled 1,303,679 passengers, a 7.6% increase compared to 1,211,196 handled in 2012.
- 1 History
- 2 Future plans and expansion
- 3 Terminals
- 4 Airlines and destinations
- 5 Traffic figures
- 6 Transport links
- 7 Incidents and accidents
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
The history of the airport dates back to 1916 when two sheds for the first hydro-port in Bulgaria were built in the Peinerdzhik area (present-day Chaika residential area). Irregular mail-plane service from Sofia to Varna was held between 1919 and 1920 and it was not until 1947 that a permanent airline between the two cities was established. What had grown into Tihina Airport was situated west of the present-day Asparuhov bridge and was indeed quite primitive for the demands of a modern city. Thus in 1946 a decision was made and a new airport was constructed several kilometres west of the city, near the village (now town) of Aksakovo, with local people enthusiastically working on the site together with the constructors. Construction and improvement continued throughout the years, with a new terminal erected in 1972 and a new runway in 1974.
There are domestic and international flights to about 70 destinations in 25 countries, with Bulgarian and foreign airlines. The airport is close to the Port of Varna and the railway system. The airport has one concrete pavement runway 09/27 with ILS CAT I system on 09 edge and a parking apron for 24 aircraft.
Future plans and expansion
Currently, Varna Airport is subject to heavy traffic with the growing tourism industry in Bulgaria and is in need of major investments to modernize, 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, including a new passenger terminal by 2008.
The airport has three terminals: Terminal 1, built in 1972, and Terminal 3 (opened in June 2007), which was used during the summer season and the new Terminal 2, opened in August 2013.
Terminal 1 /closed/ at Varna Airport was built in 1972, and has been extended several times over the years. The departures area had 21 check-in counters and six security checkpoints. In the terminal there were various outlets: cafes, fast food restaurants, currency exchange, and duty-free shops. There were ten boarding gates. The arrivals area had two luggage belts, as well as currency exchange and a tax-free shop. Terminal 1 has a VIP room and business lounge. In 2010 the VIP room at Varna Airport was renovated. As of 2014, all flights, including no-frills are managed by Terminal 2. Hence, the old terminal is closed except the VIP area.
Terminal 2 started operations as of 18 August 2013. In December 2011 the construction work on new Terminal 2 began. The new terminal has a capacity of 1,800,000 passengers and 25 check-in desks. It covers an area of 18,000m2. The new terminal buildings are designed so that their capacity could be further increased as an extension to the existing architectural part. The first passenger service was a domestic flight to Sofia operated by national carrier Bulgaria Air and first international passengers served were from Minsk with flight of Belavia.
The terminal was designed by London based architecture firm Pascall+Watson.
Passengers can enjoy a large variety of retail outlets including a Bulgarian souvenir shop. Popular chains such as McDonald's, Costa coffee and beer outlet are available at the gate area right after check-in.
Airlines and destinations
There are domestic and international flights to about 75 destinations in 29 countries, more than 65 Bulgarian and foreign airlines. The busiest season for the airport is from the end of May to the beginning of October.
operated by Rossiya
|Seasonal: Saint Petersburg|
|Air Serbia||Seasonal: Belgrade [dead link]|
operated by Tyrolean Airways
Seasonal: Burgas, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Saint Petersburg
|Edelweiss Air||Seasonal: Zürich |
|Edelweiss Air operated by
Swiss International Air Lines
|Seasonal: Zürich |
|Norwegian Air Shuttle||Seasonal: Oslo-Gardermoen|
|Ural Airlines||Seasonal: Yekaterinburg|
Seasonal Charter flights
The map include only scheduled destinations served by Varna Airpot.
|2014 (01.01 - 31.07)||749.193||5,3%|
The Airport Bus stop to Varna and nearby resorts is located just outside Terminal 2.
The taxi piazza are located in front of Terminal 1 "Departures". A taxi ride from Varna Airport to the city center takes approx 15 minutes, depending on the traffic intensity and will cost around 7–15 Leva. Varna Airport has contract for taxi services with the so-called "OK Taxi"". However in the past some travelers have been charged far more.
The parking of Varna Airport is located front of Terminal 1. The car parking is accessible 24 hours a day.
Incidents and accidents
- List of airports in Bulgaria
- List of airlines of Bulgaria
- List of the busiest airports in Europe by passenger traffic
- Air Serbia flights to Varna goes seasonal
- "Varna Airport Schedule". Information and Services. Bourgas Airport. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
- Edelweiss Air ZRH-VAR schedule
- Enter Air destinations maps