Burgas Airport

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]

Burgas Airport

Летище Бургас
Burgas airport logo.svg
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Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerState-owned
OperatorFraport Twin Star Airport Management AD
ServesBurgas
LocationBurgas, Bulgaria
Opened27 June 1927 (1927-06-27)
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; 27.51528Coordinates: 42°34′13″N 027°30′55″E / 42.57028°N 27.51528°E / 42.57028; 27.51528
Websitewww.burgas-airport.bg
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

HistoryEdit

Early yearsEdit

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 2000sEdit

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

FacilitiesEdit

 
Aerial view of Burgas Airport

TerminalsEdit

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.

RunwayEdit

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 destinationsEdit

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

AirlinesDestinations
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo (suspended)[6]
airBaltic Seasonal charter: Riga[7]
BH Air Seasonal: Aberdeen, Belfast–International, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Humberside, Leeds/Bradford, London–Gatwick, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Norwich, Teesside[8]
Bulgaria Air Seasonal: Moscow–Sheremetyevo (suspended),[9] Sofia, Tel Aviv,
Seasonal charter: Ostrava[10]
Buzz Seasonal charter: Kraków[11]
Corendon Dutch Airlines Seasonal: Amsterdam, Maastricht/Aachen[12]
easyJet Seasonal: Berlin, London–Gatwick, Manchester[13]
Enter Air[11] Seasonal charter: Bydgoszcz, Gdańsk, Katowice, Łódź, Lublin,[11] Rzeszów, Szczecin,[11] Warsaw–Chopin, Warsaw–Modlin, Wrocław
European Air Charter Seasonal charter: Bratislava, Bremen,[14] Cluj-Napoca,[15] Graz,[16] Linz,[17] Timișoara[15]
Eurowings Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn,[18] Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart
Freebird Airlines Seasonal charter: Leipzig/Halle[19]
GetJet Airlines Seasonal charter: Vilnius[7]
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Helsinki
Jet2.com Seasonal: Belfast–International, Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal: Gdańsk,[20] Katowice,[20] Poznań,[20] Rzeszów,[20] Warsaw–Chopin,[21] Wrocław[20]
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Stockholm–Arlanda
Seasonal charter: Stavanger[22]
Rossiya Seasonal: Saint Petersburg (suspended)
Ryanair Seasonal: Bratislava,[23] Budapest, Gdańsk,[24] Kraków, London–Luton,[25] Vienna, Warsaw–Modlin
S7 Airlines Moscow–Domodedovo (suspended)
SkyUp[26] Seasonal: Kharkiv, Kyiv–Boryspil, Lviv, Zaporizhzhia
SmartLynx Airlines Seasonal charter: Riga,[27] Tallinn[7]
Smartwings[28] Seasonal: Bratislava,[23] Brno, Ostrava, Prague
Seasonal charter: Gdańsk,[29] Katowice,[29] Warsaw–Chopin[29]
Sunclass Airlines Seasonal charter: Helsinki,[30] Oslo[31]
TUI Airways[32] Seasonal: Belfast–International, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, London–Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Seasonal charter: Dublin[33]
TUI fly Belgium[34] Seasonal: Brussels, Ostend/Bruges
TUI fly Netherlands Seasonal: Amsterdam
TUI fly Nordic Seasonal charter: Gothenburg,[35] Stockholm–Arlanda[35]
Ural Airlines Seasonal: Moscow–Zhukovsky, Yekaterinburg (both suspended)
Wizz Air London–Luton
Seasonal: Budapest, Debrecen,[36] Dortmund, Eindhoven, Gdańsk,[37] Katowice, Kraków (begins 1 August 2022),[36] London–Gatwick,[38] Lublin, Poznań, Rzeszów,[36] Tel Aviv, Vienna, Warsaw–Chopin, Wrocław

StatisticsEdit

TrafficEdit

Annual passenger traffic at BOJ airport. See source Wikidata query.
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   8% 324,563   22% 339,297   21.6% 5,722   6.1%
2000 8,964   39.2% 389,051   19.9% 398,015   17.3% 73 5,224   8.7%
2001 1,993   77.8% 592,403   52.3% 594,396   49.3% 161  120.5% 5,633  7.8%
2002 1,882   5.6% 765,594   29.2% 767,476   29.1% 925  474.5% 6,515   15.6%
2003 1,858   1.3% 1,024,179   33.8% 1,026,037   33.7% 635  31.4% 8,136   24.8%
2004 2,621   41.1% 1,339,552   30.8% 1,342,173   30.8% 899  41.6% 10,692   31.4%
2005 2,232   14.8% 1,553,398   16% 1,555,603   16% 122  86.4% 11,842   10.7%
2006 1,504   32.6% 1,706,695   9.9% 1,708,199   9.8% 405  232.0% 13,364   12.8%
2007 11,346   654.4% 1,926,279   12.9% 1,937,625   13.4% 2,051  406.4% 13,606   1.8%
2008 15,061   32.7% 1,905,562   1.1% 1,920,623   0.8% 1,338  34.8% 13,794   1.4%
2009 12,450   17.3% 1,671,336   12.3% 1,683,786   12.3% 2,597  94.1% 11,956   13.3%
2010 14,273   14.6% 1,858,345   11.2% 1,872,618   11.2% 5,654  117.7% 13,774   15.2%
2011 77,789   445% 2,151,256   21.2% 2,229,045   19% 5,991  6.0% 19,215   19%
2012 69,244   11% 2,287,621   6.3% 2,356,865   5.7% 2,281  61.9% 16,961   11.7%
2013 44,780   34.3% 2,416,868   2.5% 2,461,648   4.4% 2,625  15.1% 18,008   6.2%
2014 36,589   18.3% 2,485,730   2.8% 2,522,319   2.6% 5,354  104.0% 18,869   0.8%
2015 30,376   17% 2,329,944   7.3% 2,360,320   6.7% 13,272  147.9% 18,271   4.3%
2016 21,104   30.5%[39] 2,857,779   22.7% 2,878,883   22.0% 10,877  18.0% 20,873   14.2%
2017[40] 21,537   2.1% 2,960,802   2.9% 2,982,339   3.6% 14,300  31.5% 21,466   2.8%
2018[41] 19,930   7.5% 3,257,299   10.0% 3,277,229   9.9% 8,429   41.1% 23,284   8.5%
2019 25,015   25.5% 2,860,761   12.7% 2,885,776   12.0% 4,747   43.7% 19,954   14.3%
2020[42]     424,252   85.3% 3,889   18.1% 4,079   79.6%
2021 (01.01-31.03)[42]     3,814   85.2% 1,027   3.2% 212   32.3%

Ground transportationEdit

BusEdit

Line No 15 (bus-stop: located at the entrance of the airport area).Initial and final bus stops in Burgas – Burgas bus station "South".[43]

TaxiEdit

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.[44]

ParkingEdit

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.[45]

Incidents and accidentsEdit

  • 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.[46][47]

See alsoEdit

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