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Burgas Airport

Coordinates: 42°34′13″N 027°30′55″E / 42.57028°N 27.51528°E / 42.57028; 27.51528
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Burgas Airport

Летище Бургас
Airport typePublic
OperatorFraport Twin Star Airport Management AD
LocationBurgas, Bulgaria
Opened27 June 1937 (1937-06-27)
Hub for
Time zoneEET (+2)
 • Summer (DST)EEST (+3)
Elevation AMSL41 m / 135 ft
Coordinates42°34′13″N 027°30′55″E / 42.57028°N 27.51528°E / 42.57028; 27.51528
BOJ is located in Bulgaria
Location of airport in Bulgaria
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 3,200 10,500 Concrete
Statistics (2023)
Passenger change 22-23Increase12.4%
Aircraft movements13,174
Movements change 22-23Increase7.2%
Cargo (t)2,556
Cargo change 22-23Decrease59.1%

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 the Bulgarian south coast which attract many tourists during the summer leisure season.[1]


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.[citation needed]

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.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4]


Aerial view of Burgas Airport


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.[5]

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.[6]


The runway is 3,200 metres (10,500 ft) long.[7]

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.[8][9]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Burgas Airport:[10]

Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga,[11] Tallinn[12]
Avion Express Seasonal charter: Vilnius
BH Air Seasonal charter: Aberdeen, Amsterdam, Belfast–International, Billund, Brussels, Cardiff, Copenhagen, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Gothenburg, Groningen, Humberside, Leeds/Bradford, London–Gatwick, London–Southend,[13] Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Stavanger,[14] Teesside[15]
Bluebird Airways Seasonal: Tel Aviv
Brussels Airlines Seasonal charter: Brussels[citation needed]
Bul Air[citation needed] Seasonal charter: Bratislava, Katowice, Košice, Warsaw-Chopin
Bulgaria Air Seasonal: Sofia, Tel Aviv
Seasonal charter: Antalya,[16] Bratislava, Brno, Budapest, Košice, Kuwait, Ostrava,[17] Pardubice, Poprad/Tatry, Prague, Yerevan
Buzz Seasonal charter: Bydgoszcz, Katowice, Poznań, Kraków,[18] Warsaw–Chopin, Wrocław
Corendon Dutch Airlines Seasonal: Amsterdam, Brussels,[19][20] Maastricht/Aachen[21][22]
Discover Airlines Seasonal: Frankfurt[23]
easyJet Seasonal: Berlin, London–Gatwick, Manchester
Enter Air[18] Seasonal charter: Gdańsk, Katowice, Porto (begins 24 July 2024),[24] Poznań, Prague,[citation needed] Warsaw–Chopin, Wrocław
European Air Charter Seasonal charter: Leipzig/Halle,[25] Linz,[26] Tel Aviv
Eurowings Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Salzburg,[27] Stuttgart
Finnair Seasonal charter: Helsinki[28]
Fly Lili Seasonal charter: České Budějovice,[29][better source needed] Erfurt/Weimar,[30]Hannover,[31] Wrocław[32]
Freebird Airlines Europe Seasonal charter: Leipzig/Halle[33] Paderborn/Lippstadt[34]
GetJet Airlines Seasonal charter: Vilnius[35]
Iberojet Seasonal charter: Madrid[36]
Jet2.com Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol,[37] East Midlands, Edinburgh (begins 1 May 2025),[38] Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, Liverpool,[39] London–Stansted,[40] Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Billund, Copenhagen, Helsinki,[34] Umeå[41]
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal charter: Warsaw–Chopin,[citation needed], Wrocław[citation needed]
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Stockholm–Arlanda
Ryanair Seasonal: Bratislava, Budapest, Dublin, Gdańsk, Kaunas, Kraków, London–Luton, Poznań, Vienna, Warsaw–Modlin
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal charter: Copenhagen, Oslo,[citation needed] Stavanger,[citation needed], Trondheim[citation needed]
Skyline Express Airlines Seasonal charter: Warsaw-Chopin[42][better source needed]
SmartLynx Airlines Seasonal charter: Riga,[43] Tallinn[35]
Smartwings[44] Seasonal: Bratislava, Brno, Košice, Ostrava, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Prague
Seasonal charter: České Budějovice,[45] Gdańsk,[46] Katowice,[46] Pardubice,[34] Warsaw–Chopin[46]
Sunclass Airlines Seasonal charter: Helsinki,[47] Oslo[48]
Sundair Seasonal: Berlin
TUI Airways[49] Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, East Midlands (begins 22 May 2025),[50] London–Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Seasonal charter: Dublin[51]
TUI fly Belgium[52] Seasonal: Brussels
TUI fly Deutschland Seasonal: Hannover[53]
TUI fly Netherlands Seasonal: Amsterdam
TUI fly Nordic Seasonal charter: Stockholm–Arlanda[54]
Uzbekistan Airways Seasonal charter: Tashkent[55]
Wizz Air London–Luton
Seasonal: Budapest, Debrecen, Gdańsk, Katowice, Lublin, Vienna, Warsaw–Chopin



Annual passenger traffic at BOJ airport. See Wikidata query.
Traffic at Burgas Airport
Year Passengers Change Cargo (tonnes) Change Aircraft movements Change
1998 433,024 Steady 39 Steady 6,092 Steady
1999 339,297 Decrease21.6% 31 Decrease20.5% 5,722 Decrease6.1%
2000 398,015 Increase17.3% 36 Increase16.1% 5,224 Decrease8.7%
2001 594,396 Increase49.3% 53 Increase47.2% 5,964 Increase14.2%
2002 767,476 Increase29.1% 925 Decrease1645.3% 6,708 Increase12.5%
2003 1,026,134 Increase33.7% 635 Decrease31.4% 8,963 Increase33.6%
2004 1,352,173 Increase31.8% 899 Increase41.6% 11,199 Increase25.0%
2005 1,556,091 Increase15.1% 122 Decrease86.4% 12,496 Increase11.6%
2006 1,802,135 Increase15.8% 405 Increase232.0% 14,429 Increase15.5%
2007 1,941,311 Increase7.7% 2,051 Increase406.4% 16,114 Increase11.7%
2008 1,925,266 Decrease0.8% 1,338 Decrease34.8% 16,868 Increase4.7%
2009 1,689,866 Decrease12.3% 2,597 Increase94.1% 15,636 Decrease7.3%
2010 1,874,562 Increase10.9% 5,654 Increase117.7% 15,775 Increase0.9%
2011 2,229,045 Increase19.0% 5,991 Increase6.0% 19,215 Increase19.0%
2012 2,358,159 Increase5.8% 2,281 Decrease61.9% 18,856 Decrease1.9%
2013 2,480,099 Increase5.1% 2,625 Increase15.1% 18,447 Decrease2.2%
2014 2,522,319 Increase2.6% 5,354 Increase104.0% 18,869 Increase0.8%[56]
2015 2,360,320 Decrease6.7% 13,272 Increase147.9% 18,271 Decrease4.3%
2016 2,878,883 Increase22.0% 10,877 Decrease18.0% 20,873 Increase14.2%
2017 2,982,339 Increase3.6% 14,300 Increase31.5% 21,466 Increase2.8%
2018 3,277,229 Increase9.9% 8,429 Decrease41.1% 23,284 Increase8.5%
2019 2,885,776 Decrease12.0% 4,747 Decrease43.7% 19,954 Decrease14.3%
2020 424,252 Decrease85.3% 3,889 Decrease18.1% 4,079 Decrease79.6%
2021 955,402 Increase125.2% 4,669 Increase20.1% 8,295 Increase103.3%
2022 1,643,581 Increase72.2% 6,244 Increase33.7% 12,293 Increase48.2%
2023 1,848,169 Increase12.4% 2,556 Decrease59.1% 13,174 Increase7.2%[57]
2024 (30.06) 432,538 Decrease3.4% 361 Decrease66.4% 3,408 Decrease8.1%[34]
Top 5 Markets (2023)[58]
Rank Destination Passengers
1 Poland Poland 474,000
2 United Kingdom United Kingdom 377,000
3 Czech Republic Czech Republic 207,000
4 Germany Germany 160,000
5 Israel Israel 88,000

Ground transportation[edit]


Line No 15 connects Burgas airport with Burgas South bus station.[59]

Intercity buses from Burgas to Pomorie, Aheloy, Ravda, Nessebar and Sunny beach also stop close to the airport. The stop is located at the roundabout on the main road across from the terminal building.


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.The prices start from €25 depending where in the city you need to go.[60][better source needed]


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.[61]

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.[62][63]

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