Burgas Airport

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Burgas Airport
Летище Бургас
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Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Fraport
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 burgas-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 (2016)
Passengers 2,878,883 Increase
Aircraft movements 20,873 Increase
Source: Bulgarian AIP at EUROCONTROL

Burgas Airport (IATA: BOJICAO: LBBG) (Bulgarian: Летище Бургас, Letishte Burgas) is an international 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. The airport serves Burgas and seaside resorts of Bulgarian south coast and is a major destination during the European summer leisure season. In 2016, the airport handled 2,878,883 passengers, a 22.0% increase compared to 2015.[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.[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.

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]

Terminal 2
Control tower

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.[3]

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.
In 31 October 2016 begins reconstruction and rehabilitation of taxiways 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. During this period also the replacement of the control and monitoring system for airfield lighting and approach light equipment will be completed. The total investment of Fraport Twin Star Airport Management in these projects is over BGN 12 million.[4][5]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Burgas Airport seen from the sky shortly after take-off

There are domestic and international flights to about 126 destinations in 31 countries, by more than 69 Bulgarian and foreign airlines (season 2017). The busiest season for the airport is from the end of April to the beginning of October. The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Burgas Airport:[6]

Airlines Destinations
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin
Aeroflot
operated by Rossiya Airlines
Seasonal: Saint Petersburg
Seasonal charter: Moscow-Vnukovo
airBaltic Seasonal charter: Riga
Anda Air Seasonal charter: Kiev-Zhuliany
Arkia Seasonal charter: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
ASL Airlines France Seasonal charter: Lyon, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
ASL Airlines Ireland Seasonal charter: Dublin
Atlantic Airways Seasonal charter: Billund, Copenhagen
Austrian Airlines Seasonal charter: Vienna
Azur Air Seasonal charter: Kazan, Moscow-Domodedovo, Omsk, Perm, Rostov-on-Don, Saint Petersburg, Samara, Tyumen, Ufa, Voronezh, Yekaterinburg[7]
Azur Air Germany Seasonal charter: Düsseldorf
Azur Air Ukraine Seasonal charter: Kiev-Boryspil[8]
Belavia Seasonal charter: Brest, Gomel, Hrodna, Minsk, Mogilev, Vitebsk
BH Air Seasonal: Aberdeen, Belfast-International, Billund, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Copenhagen, Doncaster/Sheffield, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Humberside, Leeds/Bradford, Liverpool, London-Gatwick, London-Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Norwich, Nottingham/East Midlands, Zürich
Seasonal charter: Alesund, Amsterdam, Bari, Beirut, Bergen, Billund, Copenhagen, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Harstad/Narvik, Haugesund, Helsinki, Naples, Tromso, Trondheim
BRA Seasonal charter: Billund, Copenhagen, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Malmö, Stockholm-Arlanda
Bravo Airways Seasonal charter: Kharkiv, Kiev-Zhuliany, Kryvyi Rih
Brussels Airlines Seasonal charter: Brussels
Bul Air Seasonal charter: Gdańsk, Katowice, Kuwait, Moscow-Vnukovo, Poznań, Saint Petersburg, Tehran-Imam Khomeini, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Warsaw-Chopin, Wroclaw,
Bulgaria Air Sofia, Varna
Seasonal charter: Belfast-International, Kuwait, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Pardubice, Saint Petersburg, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Bulgarian Air Charter Seasonal charter: Basel/Mulhouse, Berlin-Schonefeld, Berlin-Tegel, Billund, Bratislava, Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen, Debrecen, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Erfurt/Weimar, Frankfurt, Graz, Hamburg, Hannover, Katowice, Košice, Leipzig/Halle, Linz, Munich, Münster/Osnabrück, Nuremberg, Paderborn/Lippstadt, Poprad, Poznań, Prague, Rzeszów, Saarbrücken, Salzburg, Stuttgart, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Vienna, Warsaw-Chopin, Wroclaw, Yerevan
Condor Seasonal: Frankfurt, Leipzig/Halle
Corendon Airlines Seasonal charter: Brussels
Corendon Airlines Europe Seasonal charter: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Corendon Dutch Airlines Seasonal: Amsterdam
Seasonal charter: Amsterdam
Danish Air Transport Seasonal charter: Copenhagen
DART Ukrainian Airlines Seasonal charter: Kiev-Zhuliany
Dniproavia Seasonal charter: Dnipro, Lviv
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Bydgoszcz, Gdańsk, Katowice, Kraków, Lublin, Poznań, Rzeszów, Warsaw-Chopin, Wroclaw[9]
Eurowings Seasonal charter: Düsseldorf
Eurowings
operated by Germanwings
Seasonal charter: Berlin-Tegel, Stuttgart
Gazpromavia Seasonal charter: Moscow-Vnukovo
Germania Seasonal: Berlin-Schönefeld, Bremen, Munich, Münster/Osnabrück, Nuremberg (begins 19 June 2018), Rostock
Germania Flug Seasonal: Zürich
I-Fly Seasonal charter: Moscow-Vnukovo
Israir Airlines Seasonal charter: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Billund, Helsinki
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg
Motor Sich Airlines Seasonal charter: Zaporizhia
NordStar Seasonal charter: Moscow-Domodedovo, Saint Petersburg
Nordwind Airlines Seasonal charter: Arkhangelsk, Kazan, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Saint Petersburg, Samara, Ufa[10]
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Seasonal charter: Stavanger
Norwegian Air Shuttle
operated by Norwegian Air International
Seasonal: Copenhagen, Helsinki
Novair Seasonal charter: Oslo-Gardermoen
Pegas Fly Seasonal charter: Arkhangelsk
Royal Flight Seasonal charter: Moscow-Sheremetyevo
Ryanair Bergamo (begins 28 March 2018), Bratislava (begins 27 March 2018), Hahn (begins 29 March 2018), Kraków (begins 31 March 2018), Memmingen (begins 27 March 2018), Riga (begins 27 March 2018), Rzeszów (begins 28 March 2018), Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion (begins 31 March 2018), Warsaw-Modlin (begins 29 March 2018), Weeze (begins 28 March 2018)[11]
S7 Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo
Seasonal: Novosibirsk
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal charter: Aalborg, Bergen, Billund, Copenhagen, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stavanger, Stockholm-Arlanda
SCAT Airlines Seasonal charter: Almaty, Astana
Severstal Air Company Seasonal charter: Cherepovets
Small Planet Airlines Seasonal charter: Kaunas, Reykjavík-Keflavík, Vilnius
Small Planet Germany Seasonal charter: Bremen, Paderborn/Lippstadt[12]
Small Planet Poland Seasonal: Katowice, Lublin, Warsaw-Chopin
Seasonal charter: Gdańsk, Katowice, Kraków, Lublin, Warsaw-Chopin, Wroclaw
SmartLynx Airlines Seasonal charter: Riga
Smartlynx Airlines Estonia Seasonal charter: Tallinn
SmartWings
operated by Travel Service
Seasonal: Brno, Ostrava, Pardubice, Prague
SmartWings
operated by Travel Service Slovakia
Seasonal: Bratislava, Košice, Poprad, Sliač
SunExpress Deutschland Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Leipzig/Halle, Nuremberg, Stuttgart
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, London-Gatwick, London-Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Nottingham/East Midlands, Cardiff
Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium Seasonal: Brussels (ends 30 September 2017)[13]
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Seasonal charter: Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo-Gardermoen, Trondheim
Thomson Airways Seasonal: Aberdeen (begins 24 May 2018) Belfast-International, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Nottingham/East Midlands
Trade Air Seasonal charter: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Transavia Seasonal charter: Amsterdam
Transavia France Seasonal charter: Paris-Orly
Travel Service Seasonal charter: Bratislava, Brno, Katowice, Košice, Ostrava, Pardubice, Prague
Travel Service Hungary Seasonal charter: Budapest
Travel Service Poland Seasonal charter: Katowice, Warsaw-Chopin
Travel Service Slovakia Seasonal charter: Bratislava, Košice, Poprad, Sliač
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels, Ostend/Bruges
Seasonal charter: Lyon, Metz/Nancy, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
TUI fly Netherlands Seasonal charter: Amsterdam
TUI fly Nordic Seasonal charter: Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Ural Airlines Seasonal: Samara, Yekaterinburg
Seasonal charter: Moscow-Domodedovo
Uzbekistan Airways Seasonal charter: Tashkent
VIM Airlines Seasonal charter: Moscow-Domodedovo, Saint Petersburg[14]
Windrose Airlines Seasonal: Kiev-Boryspil
Seasonal charter: Dnipropetrovsk
Wizz Air London-Luton
Seasonal: Budapest, Katowice, Warsaw-Chopin
Yakutia Airlines Seasonal charter: Moscow-Vnukovo
Yamal Airlines Seasonal charter: Moscow-Domodedovo

Statistics[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
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
36,589
Decrease 18.3%
2,485,730
Increase 2.8%
2,522,319
Increase 2.6%
18,869
Increase 0.8%
2015
30,376
Decrease 17%
2,329,944
Decrease 7.3%
2,360,320
Decrease 6.7%
18,271
Decrease 4.3%
2016[15]
21,104
Decrease 30.5% [16]
2,857,779
Increase 22.7%
2,878,883
Increase 22.0%
20,873
Increase 14.2%
2017 (01.01 - 31.08) [17] Increase Increase
2,479,080
Increase 3.3%
17,361
Increase 1.5%

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".[18]

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.[19]

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.[20]

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.[21][22]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://corporate.ryanair.com/news/ryanair-%D0%B8%D0%BD%D0%B2%D0%B5%D1%81%D1%82%D0%B8%D1%80%D0%B0-%D0%B4%D0%BE%D0%BF%D1%8A%D0%BB%D0%BD%D0%B8%D1%82%D0%B5%D0%BB%D0%BD%D0%BE-100-%D0%BC%D0%BB%D0%BD-%D0%B4%D0%BE%D0%BB%D0%B0%D1%80%D0%B0/?market=bg
  2. ^ (in Bulgarian) http://cholakovv.com/bg/projects/followme
  3. ^ http://www.airport-world.com/home/general-news/item/3413-new-terminal-at-burgas-airport-opens/
  4. ^ Burgas Airport closed operations to the end of 2016
  5. ^ Burgas Airport taxiways reconstructions
  6. ^ http://www.burgas-airport.bg/Flights/FlightSearch/tabid/341/language/en-US
  7. ^ Azur Air destinations map
  8. ^ Azur Air Ukraine destinations map
  9. ^ Enter Air route map and destinations Archived 22 May 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ Nordwind Airlines charter desntinations map
  11. ^ https://seenews.com/news/ryanair-to-invest-100-mln-8349-mln-euro-in-new-bulgarian-base-583936
  12. ^ Small Planet Germany begin service to Burgas
  13. ^ https://www.thomascookairlines.be/en/book-plan/flight/timetable.jsp
  14. ^ VIM Airlines destinations map
  15. ^ http://www.fraport.de/content/fraport/de/misc/binaer/investor-relations/verkehrszahlen/2017/jcr:content.file/12-traffic-sheet-2016-dezember_deutsch.pdf
  16. ^ http://caa.bg/page.php?category=27
  17. ^ http://www.fraport.de/content/fraport/de/misc/binaer/verkehrszahlen/konzern/2017/monatliche-verkehrszahlen/traffic-sheet-de/jcr:content.file/traffic-sheet-2017-august_deutsch.pdf
  18. ^ http://www.bourgas-airport.com/Portals/0/How%20to%20get%20there%20by%20bus%20BOJ_ENG.pdf
  19. ^ http://www.bourgas-airport.com/Portals/0/How%20to%20get%20there%20by%20taxi%20BOJ_ENG.pdf
  20. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 December 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-21. 
  21. ^ http://www.timesofisrael.com/explosion-rocks-israeli-tour-bus-in-bulgaria Attack Ref 1
  22. ^ https://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

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