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Burgas Airport

Летище Бургас
Burgas airport logo.svg
Burgas Airport 01.JPG
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerRepublic of Bulgaria
OperatorFraport Twin Star Airport Management AD
ServesBurgas, Bulgaria
LocationBurgas, Bulgaria
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL41 m / 135 ft
Coordinates42°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
Websiteburgas-airport.com
Map
BOJ is located in Bulgaria
BOJ
BOJ
Location of airport in Bulgaria
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 3,200 10,500 Concrete
Statistics (2020)
Passengers424,252 Decrease85.3%
Aircraft movements4,079 Decrease79.6%
Source: Bulgarian AIP at EUROCONTROL

Burgas Airport (IATA: BOJ, ICAO: LBBG) (Bulgarian: Летище Бургас, romanizedLetishte Burgas) is an international airport in southeast Bulgaria and the second largest in the country. It is near the northern neighbourhood of Sarafovo approximately 10 km (6.2 mi) from the city centre. The airport principally serves Burgas and other seaside resorts of Bulgarian south coast which attract many tourists during the summer leisure season. In 2018 it handled 3,277,229 passengers, a 9.9% increase compared to 2017.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Early years[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]

Development since the 2000s[edit]

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).

Facilities[edit]

Aerial view of Burgas Airport

Terminals[edit]

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 an area of 20,000 square metres (220,000 sq ft). The new terminal building was designed so that it can be easily upgraded to further increase capacity, if necessary. Construction of the new terminal was completed in 2013, and has been operational since December 2013.[2]

Terminal 2 replaced the older Terminal 1, which was built in the 1950s and expanded in the early 1990s, and now handles all of the airport's passenger 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 120 metres (390 ft) long and three 70 metres (230 ft) long carousels). Passenger amenities include 800 square metres (8,600 sq ft) of space dedicated to shopping and 1,220 square metres (13,100 sq ft) for food and beverage (F&B) services. There is also a 550 square metres (5,900 sq ft) outdoor courtyard.

Runway[edit]

At 3,200 metres (10,500 ft), Burgas Airport has the fourth longest runway in the Balkans, after Athens Airport, Sofia Airport and Belgrade Airport.

On 31 October 2016, reconstruction and rehabilitation of taxiways began at Burgas airport. The project includes a complete rehabilitation of 3,500 square meters of taxiway "H", complete rehabilitation of taxiway "A", as well as area adjacent to the runway holding point. The control and monitoring system for airfield lighting and approach light equipment will be replaced. The total investment of Fraport Twin Star Airport Management in these projects is over BGN 12 million.[3][4]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Burgas Airport:[5]

AirlinesDestinations
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin
Aeroflot Seasonal: Moscow–Sheremetyevo[6]
airBaltic Seasonal charter: Riga[7]
Animawings Seasonal: Cluj-Napoca (begins 12 June 2021)[8]
Arkia Seasonal: Tel Aviv [9]
Belavia[10] Seasonal charter: Brest, Gomel, Grodno, Minsk, Mogilev, Vitebsk
BH Air Seasonal: Aberdeen, Belfast–International, Billund, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Copenhagen, Doncaster/Sheffield, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Humberside, Leeds/Bradford, London–Gatwick, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Norwich, Teesside[11]
Seasonal charter: Bergen,[12] Harstad/Narvik,[13] Nur-Sultan, Oulu,[14] Stockholm–Arlanda,[15] Trondheim[12]
Blue Air Seasonal: Cluj-Napoca (begins 20 June 2021)[16]
Bluebird Airways Seasonal: Tel Aviv[17]
Bulgaria Air Seasonal: Moscow–Sheremetyevo,[18] Sofia, Tel Aviv
Bulgarian Air Charter Seasonal charter: Basel/Mulhouse,[19] Berlin–Brandenburg,[19] Cologne/Bonn,[19] Dresden,[19] Düsseldorf,[19] Erfurt/Weimar,[19] Frankfurt,[19] Graz,[19] Hamburg,[19] Hannover,[19] Katowice,[20] Leipzig/Halle,[19] Linz,[19] Munich,[19] Nuremberg,[19] Poznań,[20] Rzeszów,[21] Salzburg,[22] Stuttgart,[19] Tel Aviv,[23] Vienna,[22] Warsaw–Chopin,[20] Wroclaw,[20] Yerevan
Buzz Seasonal charter: Kraków[24]
Corendon Dutch Airlines Seasonal: Amsterdam, Brussels, Maastricht/Aachen[25]
easyJet Seasonal: Berlin (begins 2 July 2021),[26] London-Gatwick (begins 2 July 2021)[27]
Enter Air[24] Seasonal charter: Bydgoszcz, Gdańsk, Katowice, Łódź, Lublin,[24] Rzeszów, Szczecin,[24] Warsaw–Chopin, Warsaw–Modlin, Wrocław
Eurowings Seasonal: Düsseldorf (begins 5 July 2021),[28] Stuttgart (begins 19 July 2021), Hamburg (begins 25 June 2021)
Freebird Airlines Seasonal charter: Leipzig/Halle[29]
GetJet Airlines Seasonal charter: Vilnius[30]
Holiday Europe Seasonal charter: Vilnius (begins 5 June 2021)[31]
Jet2.com Seasonal: Belfast–International, Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal: Gdańsk,[32] Katowice,[33] Poznań,[34] Rzeszów,[35] Warsaw–Chopin,[36] Wrocław[37]
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Stockholm–Arlanda
Seasonal charter: Stavanger[12]
Novair Seasonal charter: Oslo[13]
Rossiya Seasonal: Saint Petersburg
Ryanair Seasonal: Bratislava, Kraków, Vienna[38][39]
S7 Airlines Moscow–Domodedovo
SkyUp[40] Seasonal: Kharkiv (begins 8 June 2021), Kyiv–Boryspil, Lviv (begins 1 June 2021), Zaporizhzhia (begins 27 May 2021)[41]
SmartLynx Airlines Seasonal charter: Riga,[30] Tallinn[30]
Smartwings Seasonal: Bratislava, Brno, Katowice,[42] Košice, Ostrava, Prague, Warsaw–Chopin[43]
Seasonal charter: Gdańsk,[43] Pardubice, Poprad, Sliač
Sunclass Airlines Seasonal charter: Helsinki,[44] Oslo[45]
TUI Airways[46] Seasonal: Belfast–International, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London–Gatwick, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Seasonal charter: Dublin[47]
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels, Ostend/Bruges
Seasonal charter: Lille,[48] Lyon,[48] Nantes,[48] Paris–Charles de Gaulle[48][49]
TUI fly Netherlands Seasonal: Amsterdam
TUI fly Nordic Seasonal charter: Gothenburg,[50] Stockholm-Arlanda[51]
Voyage Air Seasonal: Bremen (begins 1 June 2021)[52]
Windrose Airlines Seasonal: Dnipro,[53] Kyiv–Boryspil, Vinnytsia[54]
Wizz Air London–Luton, Vienna
Seasonal: Budapest, Doncaster/Sheffield (begins 26 May 2021),[55] Dortmund (begins 10 June 2021),[56] Eindhoven (begins 13 June 2021),[57] Gdańsk (begins 13 June 2021),[58] Katowice, Kyiv-Zhuliany (begins 11 June 2021),[59] Liverpool (begins 11 June 2021), [60] Poznań (begins 11 June 2021),[61] Tel Aviv (begins 10 June 2021),[62] Turku (begins 13 June 2021),[63], Warsaw–Chopin, Wrocław (begins 19 June 2021)[64]

Statistics[edit]

Traffic[edit]

Traffic at Burgas Airport
Year Domestic
passengers
Change International
passengers
Change Total
passengers
Change Cargo
(tonnes)
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%
73
5,224
Decrease 8.7%
2001
1,993
Decrease 77.8%
592,403
Increase 52.3%
594,396
Increase 49.3%
161
Increase120.5%
5,633
Increase7.8%
2002
1,882
Decrease 5.6%
765,594
Increase 29.2%
767,476
Increase 29.1%
925
Increase474.5%
6,515
Increase 15.6%
2003
1,858
Decrease 1.3%
1,024,179
Increase 33.8%
1,026,037
Increase 33.7%
635
Decrease31.4%
8,136
Increase 24.8%
2004
2,621
Increase 41.1%
1,339,552
Increase 30.8%
1,342,173
Increase 30.8%
899
Increase41.6%
10,692
Increase 31.4%
2005
2,232
Decrease 14.8%
1,553,398
Increase 16%
1,555,603
Increase 16%
122
Decrease86.4%
11,842
Increase 10.7%
2006
1,504
Decrease 32.6%
1,706,695
Increase 9.9%
1,708,199
Increase 9.8%
405
Increase232.0%
13,364
Increase 12.8%
2007
11,346
Increase 654.4%
1,926,279
Increase 12.9%
1,937,625
Increase 13.4%
2,051
Increase406.4%
13,606
Increase 1.8%
2008
15,061
Increase 32.7%
1,905,562
Decrease 1.1%
1,920,623
Decrease 0.8%
1,338
Decrease34.8%
13,794
Increase 1.4%
2009
12,450
Decrease 17.3%
1,671,336
Decrease 12.3%
1,683,786
Decrease 12.3%
2,597
Increase94.1%
11,956
Decrease 13.3%
2010
14,273
Increase 14.6%
1,858,345
Increase 11.2%
1,872,618
Increase 11.2%
5,654
Increase117.7%
13,774
Increase 15.2%
2011
77,789
Increase 445%
2,151,256
Increase 21.2%
2,229,045
Increase 19%
5,991
Increase6.0%
19,215
Increase 19%
2012
69,244
Decrease 11%
2,287,621
Increase 6.3%
2,356,865
Increase 5.7%
2,281
Decrease61.9%
16,961
Decrease 11.7%
2013
44,780
Decrease 34.3%
2,416,868
Increase 2.5%
2,461,648
Increase 4.4%
2,625
Increase15.1%
18,008
Increase 6.2%
2014
36,589
Decrease 18.3%
2,485,730
Increase 2.8%
2,522,319
Increase 2.6%
5,354
Increase104.0%
18,869
Increase 0.8%
2015
30,376
Decrease 17%
2,329,944
Decrease 7.3%
2,360,320
Decrease 6.7%
13,272
Increase147.9%
18,271
Decrease 4.3%
2016
21,104
Decrease 30.5%[65]
2,857,779
Increase 22.7%
2,878,883
Increase 22.0%
10,877
Decrease18.0%
20,873
Increase 14.2%
2017[66]
Increase
Increase
2,982,339
Increase 3.6%
14,300
Increase31.5%
21,466
Increase 2.8%
2018[67]
Increase
Increase
3,277,229
Increase 9.9%
8,429
Decrease 41.1%
23,284
Increase 8.5%
2019
Decrease
Decrease
2,885,776
Decrease 12.0%
4,747
Decrease 43.7%
19,954
Decrease 14.3%
2020[68]
Decrease
Decrease
424,252
Decrease 85.3%
3,889
Decrease 18.1%
4,079
Decrease 79.6%
2021 (January)[69]
Decrease
Decrease
1,709
Decrease 83.6%
510
Increase 22.2%
54
Decrease 53.4%

Ground transportation[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".[70]

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 approximately 15 minutes, depending on the traffic intensity.[71]

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.[72]

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 six civilians (and one 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.[73][74]

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