Ruse Airport

Ruse Airport (IATA: ROU, ICAO: LBRS) (Bulgarian: Летище Русе, romanizedLetishte Ruse), also known as Shtraklevo (Щръклево) after the village located to the north, is a former military and passenger airport located about 20 km south of the city of Ruse, Bulgaria. It is currently open, but with an active license for small passenger and cargo flights (license issued on 21.12.2016).[1]

Ruse Airport

Летище Русе
Main building of Ruse Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerRuse Municipality
OperatorRuse Airport JSC
LocationShtraklevo, Bulgaria
Opened1967 (1967)
Time zoneEET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST)EEST (UTC+3)
Elevation AMSL175 m / 574 ft
Coordinates43°41′42″N 026°03′25″E / 43.69500°N 26.05694°E / 43.69500; 26.05694Coordinates: 43°41′42″N 026°03′25″E / 43.69500°N 26.05694°E / 43.69500; 26.05694
ROU is located in Bulgaria
Location within Bulgaria
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 2,500 8,202 Concrete


The airport was established in 1967 as a training site for pilots from the Bulgarian Air Force. The airport was named 11th Air Base "Shtraklevo" and equipped with Aero L-29 Delfin coming from Dolna Mitropoliya Airport. It was used by Balkan Bulgarian Airlines for its domestic flights to Sofia Airport, but with the end of the communist era in Bulgaria, domestic flights weren't profitable, due to lack of government funding. It served as a training base until 1998, when it ceased military operations and was finally abandoned in 1999.


The government of Bulgaria decided to grant concession of some of its international airports, but the first procedure in late 2007 wasn't successful, although there was interest from the Swiss investor Ferdinand Prisi and the Bulgarian company Prista Oil.[2] The government decided to make a new bid for the airport of Ruse, the new concourse should take place in the middle of December 2007,[3] but later postponed it to unknown date.

In mid-October 2014, the Ministry of Transport decided to grant the ownership of the airport to Ruse Municipality. The idea was approved by the municipality Councilors and the finalization of the deal was expected to occur in early November 2014. The airport's manager, Nikolay Gorchev, stated in an interview that when the deal was completed, an application for license for aviation activities would be made.[4]

The Bulgarian government transferred ownership of the property in Shtraklevo village, as well as its stake in the airport to Ruse municipality on 17 December 2014.[5] The procedure was finalized on 4 February 2015 [6] and the airport is currently officially owned by Ruse municipality. From 2017, the airport is open for small passenger and cargo aircraft.

Airlines and destinationsEdit

There are currently no services to and from Ruse Airport.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Малки самолети вече ще могат да кацат на летище "Русе"". 21 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Полет над Щръклево гнездо".
  3. ^ "Транспортното министерство се опасява от свиване на инвестициите в концесионни обекти".
  4. ^ "Русе ще стане първият град с общинско летище в България -". Archived from the original on 2016-03-06. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  5. ^ "Bulgaria's Ruse Airport becomes municipal, to resume operations - govt".
  6. ^ "Летище Русе вече е собственост на общината -". Archived from the original on 2015-02-04.