Burgas Airport

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Burgas Airport
Летище Бургас
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IATA: BOJICAO: LBBG

BOJ is located in Bulgaria
BOJ
BOJ
Location of airport in Bulgaria
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
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 3,200 10,500 Concrete
Statistics (2015)
Passengers 2,360,320 Decrease
Aircraft movements 18,271 Decrease
Source: Belgian 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 2014, the airport handled 2,522,319 passengers, a 2.0% increase compared to 2013.

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]

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.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

There are domestic and international flights to about 126 destinations in 31 countries, by more than 69 Bulgarian and foreign airlines (season 2016). The busiest season for the airport is from the end of April to the beginning of October.

Scheduled flights[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin
Aeroflot
operated by Rossiya Airlines
Seasonal: Saint Petersburg
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga
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
Bulgaria Air Sofia, Varna
Seasonal: Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Saint Petersburg, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Corendon Dutch Airlines Seasonal: Amsterdam
Dniproavia Seasonal: Dnipropetrovsk
Germania Seasonal: Berlin-Schönefeld, Bremen, Munich, Münster/Osnabrück, Rostock
Germania Flug Seasonal: Zurich
Israir Airlines Seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Jetairfly Seasonal: Brussels, Ostend/Bruges
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
S7 Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo
Seasonal: Novosibirsk
SmartWings
operated by Travel Service
Seasonal: Brno, Ostrava, Pardubice, Prague
SmartWings
operated by Travel Service Slovakia
Seasonal: Bratislava, Košice, Poprad, Sliač
SunExpress Deutschland Seasonal: Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Leipzig/Halle
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, London-Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Cardiff
Thomas Cook Airlines
operated by SmartLynx Airlines
Seasonal: London-Gatwick
Thomson Airways Seasonal: Belfast-International, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Nottingham/East Midlands
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam
Ural Airlines Seasonal: Moscow-Domodedovo, Samara, Yekaterinburg
Windrose Airlines Seasonal: Kiev-Boryspil
Wizz Air London-Luton
Seasonal: Budapest, Katowice, Warsaw-Chopin

Charter flights[edit]

This list includes airlines and destinations which will operated charter flights to and from Burgas airport for summer 2016.[citation needed]

Airlines Destinations
Air VIA Seasonal: Dresden, Erfurt/Weimar, Frankfurt, Hannover, Leipzig/Halle, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
ALK Airlines Seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Arkia Seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
ASL Airlines France Seasonal: Paris-Charles de Gaulle
ASL Airlines Ireland Seasonal: Dublin
Aviolet
operated by Air Serbia
Seasonal: Belgrade
Azur Air Seasonal: Moscow-Domodedovo, Perm, Rostov-on-Don, Saint Petersburg, Surgut, Syktyvkar, Tyumen, Voronezh,[3] Yekaterinburg
Azur Air Ukraine Seasonal: Kiev-Boryspil
Belavia Seasonal: Brest, Gomel, Hrodna, Minsk-National, Mogilev, Vitebsk
BH Air Seasonal: Alesund, Almaty, Astana,[4] Bari, Beirut, Bergen, Billund, Brussels, Copenhagen, Harstad/Narvik, Haugesund, Naples, Riga, Tallinn, Tromso, Trondheim
BRA Seasonal: Gothenburg-Landvetter, Malmö
Bravo Airways Seasonal: Kiev-Zhuliany, Lviv
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels
Bul Air Seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Bulgaria Air Seasonal: Belfast-International, Bergen, Billund, Copenhagen, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Kuwait, Leipzig/Halle, Pardubice
Bulgarian Air Charter Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse, Berlin-Schonefeld, Berlin-Tegel, Bratislava, Budapest, Cologne/Bonn, Debrecen, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Erfurt/Weimar, Frankfurt, Graz, Hamburg, Katowice, Košice, Leipzig/Halle, Linz, Munich, Nuremberg, Paderborn/Lippstadt, Poprad, Poznań, Prague, Rzeszów, Sliač, Stuttgart, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Vienna, Warsaw-Chopin, Wroclaw
Condor Seasonal: Manchester
Corendon Dutch Airlines Seasonal: Amsterdam[5]
Danish Air Transport Seasonal: Billund
Enter Air Seasonal: Katowice, Kraków, Poznań, Warsaw-Chopin, Wroclaw[6]
Eurowings Seasonal: Düsseldorf
Gazpromavia Seasonal: Moscow-Vnukovo
Germania Seasonal: Düsseldorf
Germanwings Seasonal: Berlin-Tegel, Stuttgart
I-Fly Seasonal: Moscow-Vnukovo
Israir Airlines Seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Jet Time Seasonal: Billund, Copenhagen, Helsinki
Lufthansa Seasonal: Munich
Niki Seasonal: Salzburg, Vienna
Nordavia Seasonal: Moscow-Domodedovo
NordStar Seasonal: Moscow-Domodedovo, Saint Petersburg
Nordwind Airlines Seasonal: Arkhangelsk, Kazan, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Saint Petersburg, Samara, Ufa
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Stavanger
Novair Seasonal: Oslo-Gardermoen
Pegas Fly Seasonal: Irkutsk, Yekaterinburg
Rossiya Airlines Seasonal: Moscow-Vnukovo
Saratov Airlines Seasonal: Saratov
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Copenhagen, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stavanger, Stockholm-Arlanda
Severstal Air Company Seasonal: Cherepovets
Small Planet Airlines Seasonal: Innsbruck, Manchester, Salzburg, Vilnius
Small Planet Airlines Germany Seasonal: Bremen, Paderborn/Lippstadt[7]
Small Planet Airlines Poland Seasonal: Bydgoszcz, Gdansk, Katowice, Kraków, Lublin, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Poznań, Warsaw-Chopin
SmartLynx Airlines Seasonal: Riga
Smartlynx Airlines Estonia Seasonal: Tallinn
Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium Seasonal: Brussels
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Seasonal: Helsinki, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stavanger
Transavia Seasonal: Brussels, Weeze
Travel Service Seasonal: Brno, Ostrava, Pardubice, Prague
Travel Service Hungary Seasonal: Budapest[5]
Travel Service Poland Seasonal: Katowice, Poznań, Warsaw-Chopin, Wroclaw
Travel Service Slovakia Seasonal: Bratislava, Košice, Poprad, Sliač
TUI Airlines Netherlands Seasonal: Amsterdam
TUIfly Nordic Seasonal: Copenhagen, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Ural Airlines Seasonal: Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Saint Petersburg, Volgograd
UTair Aviation Seasonal: Moscow-Vnukovo
Uzbekistan Airways Seasonal: Tashkent
VIM Airlines Seasonal: Moscow-Domodedovo, Saint Petersburg
Yamal Airlines Seasonal: Moscow-Domodedovo
Yanair Seasonal: Kiev-Boryspil

Statistics[edit]

Terminal 2
Control tower
Traffic at Burgas Airport
Year Domestic
passenger
Change International
passenger
Change Total Change Aircraft
movements
Change
2001
1,993
592,403
594,396
5,633
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[8]
30,376
Decrease 17%
2,329,944
Decrease 7.3%
2,360,320[9]
Decrease 6.7%
18,271
Decrease 4.3%
2016 (01.01-31.07)[10] Increase Increase
1,551,826
Increase 24.9%
11,613
Increase 20.2%

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".[11]

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.[12]

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.[13]

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.[14][15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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