Burgas Airport

Burgas Airport
Летище Бургас
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Fraport
Operator Fraport Twin Star Airport Management
Serves Burgas, Bulgaria
Location Burgas, Bulgaria
Focus city 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
Location of airport in Bulgaria
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 3,200 10,500 Concrete
Statistics (2017)
Passengers 2,982,339 3.6%
Aircraft movements 21,466 2.8%
Source: Bulgarian AIP at EUROCONTROL

Burgas Airport (IATA: BOJ, ICAO: LBBG) (Bulgarian: Летище Бургас, translit. 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, which is located approximately 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 2017, the airport handled 2,982,339 passengers, a 3.6% increase compared to 2016.

History

Early years

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

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

Terminals

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

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.[3][4]

Airlines and destinations

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


AirlinesDestinations
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo[5]
Seasonal: Saint Petersburg
airBaltic Seasonal charter: Riga[6]
Anda Air Seasonal charter: Kiev–Zhuliany[7]
Arkia Seasonal charter: Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion[8]
Atlantic Airways Seasonal charter: Billund,[6] Copenhagen[6]
Azur Air Seasonal charter: Moscow–Domodedovo,[9] Omsk,[9] Perm,[9] Rostov-on-Don-Platov,[9] Saint Petersburg,[9] Tyumen,[9] Yekaterinburg[9]
Belavia Seasonal charter: Brest,[10] Gomel,[10] Grodno,[10] Minsk,[10] Mogilev,[10] Vitebsk[10]
BH Air Seasonal: Aberdeen, Belfast–International, Billund, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Copenhagen, Doncaster/Sheffield, Durham Tees Valley, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Humberside, Leeds/Bradford, London–Gatwick, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Norwich
Seasonal charter: Alesund,[6] Amsterdam,[6] Bergen,[6] Gothenburg–Landvetter,[6] Haugesund,[6] Oulu,[6] Stockholm–Arlanda,[6] Tehran-Imam Khomeini,[6] Tromso,[6] Varna,[6] Zürich[6]
Bluebird Airways Seasonal charter: Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion[8]
BRA Braathens Regional Airlines Seasonal charter: Copenhagen,[11] Gothenburg–Landvetter,[12] Malmö,[6] Stockholm–Arlanda[12]
Bravo Airways Seasonal charter: Kiev–Zhuliany[7]
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels
Bul Air Seasonal charter: Gdańsk,[6] Katowice,[6] Kuwait,[6] Moscow–Vnukovo,[13] Pardubice,[6] Poznań,[6] Saint Petersburg,[6] Warsaw–Chopin,[6] Wroclaw[6]
Bulgaria Air Seasonal: Moscow–Sheremetyevo,[14] Sofia, Varna
Seasonal charter: Yerevan
Bulgarian Air Charter Seasonal charter: Berlin-Schonefeld, Berlin–Tegel, Billund, Bratislava, Cologne/Bonn, Debrecen, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Erfurt/Weimar, Frankfurt, Graz,[15] Hamburg, Hannover, Katowice, Košice, Leipzig/Halle, Linz, Munich, Münster/Osnabrück, Nuremberg, Ostrava, Paderborn/Lippstadt,[16] Pardubice, Poprad, Prague, Rzeszów, Salzburg, Stuttgart, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion,[8] Vienna, Warsaw–Chopin, Wroclaw, Yerevan
Cello Aviation Seasonal charter: Dublin[17]
Condor Seasonal: Düsseldorf,[18] Frankfurt, Hannover,[18] Leipzig/Halle
Corendon Airlines Seasonal: Brussels
Corendon Dutch Airlines Seasonal: Amsterdam, Maastricht/Aachen[19]
El Al Seasonal charter: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion[8]
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Bydgoszcz,[20] Gdańsk,[20] Katowice,[20] Łódź,[21] Poznań,[20] Rzeszów,[20] Warsaw–Chopin,[20] Wroclaw[20]
Eurowings Seasonal charter: Düsseldorf, Stuttgart
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki[22]
Germania Seasonal: Berlin–Schönefeld, Bremen, Dresden,[23] Munich, Münster/Osnabrück, Nuremberg,[23] Rostock
Germania Flug Seasonal: Zürich
I-Fly Seasonal charter: Moscow–Vnukovo[6]
Israir Airlines Seasonal charter: Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion[8]
Jet2.com Seasonal: Belfast-International, Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, London-Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Billund, Helsinki, Stockholm–Arlanda
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg
Seasonal charter: Belfast–International[24]
Motor-Sich Seasonal: Zaporizhia[25]
NordStar Seasonal charter: Moscow–Domodedovo[26]
Nordwind Airlines Seasonal charter: Kazan,[27] Moscow–Sheremetyevo,[27] Saint Petersburg,[28] Samara,[27] Ufa[27]
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Seasonal charter: London–Gatwick, Stavanger[6]
Novair Seasonal charter: Oslo–Gardermoen[29]
Pegas Fly Seasonal charter: Arkhangelsk[27]
Red Wings Airlines Seasonal charter: Moscow-Domodedovo, Saint Petersburg
Rossiya Airlines Seasonal charter: Moscow–Vnukovo[13]
Ryanair Seasonal: Bergamo, Bratislava, Hahn, Kaunas, Kraków, Memmingen, Riga, Rzeszów, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Warsaw–Modlin, Weeze
Ryanair Sun Seasonal charter: Katowice, Poznań, Warsaw–Chopin, Wroclaw
S7 Airlines Moscow–Domodedovo
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal charter: Aalborg, Bergen, Billund, Copenhagen, Gothenburg–Landvetter, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stavanger
Severstal Air Company Seasonal charter: Cherepovets[6]
Small Planet Airlines Seasonal charter: Harstad/Narvik,[30] Stockholm-Arlanda,[30] Vilnius[30]
Small Planet Airlines Germany Seasonal charter: Leipzig/Halle,[30] Paderborn/Lippstadt[16][30]
Small Planet Airlines Poland Seasonal: Katowice, Lublin, Olsztyn-Mazury,[31] Warsaw–Chopin
Seasonal charter: Gdańsk,[30] Kraków,[30] Poznań,[30] Wroclaw[30]
SmartLynx Airlines Seasonal charter: Riga[32]
Smartlynx Airlines Estonia Seasonal charter: Tallinn[32]
SmartWings Seasonal: Bratislava, Brno, Košice, Ostrava, Pardubice, Poprad, Prague, Sliač
SunExpress Deutschland Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover, Leipzig/Halle, Munich,[33] Nuremberg, Stuttgart
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, East Midlands, Glasgow, London–Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Seasonal charter: Helsinki,[34] Oslo–Gardermoen[35]
Transavia Seasonal charter: Amsterdam
Travel Service Seasonal charter: Brno, Ostrava, Pardubice, Prague
Travel Service Hungary Seasonal charter: Budapest, Debrecen
Travel Service Poland Seasonal charter: Katowice, Poznań, Warsaw–Chopin, Wroclaw
Travel Service Slovakia Seasonal charter: Bratislava, Košice, Poprad, Sliač
TUI Airways Seasonal: Belfast–International, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster Sheffield, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford,[36] London–Gatwick, London–Stansted,[36] Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Seasonal charter: Dublin[37]
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels, Ostend/Bruges
Seasonal charter: Lille,[38] Lyon,[38] Nantes,[38] Paris–Charles de Gaulle[38][39]
TUI fly Netherlands Seasonal: Amsterdam
TUI fly Nordic Seasonal charter: Copenhagen, Helsinki
Ukraine International Airlines Seasonal charter: Kiev–Boryspil[40]
Ural Airlines Seasonal: Yekaterinburg
Seasonal charter: Moscow–Domodedovo[28]
Voyage Air Seasonal: Vienna[41]
Windrose Airlines Seasonal: Dnipropetrosk[42]
Wizz Air London–Luton
Seasonal: Budapest, Katowice, Warsaw–Chopin
Yakutia Airlines Seasonal charter: Moscow–Vnukovo[6]
Yamal Airlines Seasonal charter: Moscow–Domodedovo[6]

Statistics

Traffic

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% [43]
2,857,779
22.7%
2,878,883
22.0%
10,877
18.0%
20,873
14.2%
2017 [44]
2,982,339
3.6%
14,300
31.5%
21,466
2.8%
2018 (01.01-31.07)[45]
1,809,348
12.1%
4,972
44.5%
12,868
8.4%

Busiest routes

Busiest routes at Burgas Airport[46][47]
City Airport(s) Weekly Departures
(Summer 2018)
Airline(s)
Moscow Domodedovo Airport
Sheremetyevo Airport
Vnukovo Airport
91
Azur Air, Red Wings Airlines, S7 Airlines, Ural Airlines, Yamal Airlines
Aeroflot, Bulgaria Air, Nordwind Airlines
Bul Air, I-Fly, Rossiya, Yakutia Airlines
Prague Václav Havel Airport
38
Bulgarian Air Charter, SmartWings, Travel Service
Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport
34
Arkia, Bluebird Airways, Bulgaria Air, Bulgarian Air Charter, EL AL, Israir Airlines, Ryanair
Katowice Katowice Airport
33
Bulgaria Air, Bulgarian Air Charter, Enter Air, Ryanair Sun, Small Planet Airlines, Travel Service, Wizz Air
Warsaw Chopin Airport
Modlin Airport
26
Bulgaria Air, Bulgarian Air Charter, Enter Air, Ryanair Sun, Small Planet Airlines, Travel Service, Wizz Air
Ryanair
London Gatwick Airport
Luton Airport
Stansted Airport
21
BH Air, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Thomas Cook Airlines, TUI Airways
Wizz Air
BH Air, TUI Airways
Saint Petersburg Pulkovo Airport
20
Azur Air, Bulgaria Air, Nordwind Airlines, Red Wings Airlines, Rossiya
Bratislava M. R. Štefánik Airport
16
Bulgarian Air Charter, Ryanair, SmartWings, Travel Service
Brno Tuřany Airport
14
Bulgarian Air Charter, SmartWings, Travel Service
Düsseldorf Düsseldorf Airport
Weeze Airport
14
Bulgarian Air Charter, Condor, Eurowings, SunExpress Deutschland
Ryanair
Minsk Minsk National Airport
14
Belavia
Copenhagen Kastrup Airport
12
Atlantic Airways, BH Air, BRA, DAT, Norwegian Air Shuttle, SAS, TUI fly Nordic
Leipzig Leipzig/Halle Airport
12
Bulgarian Air Charter, Condor, Small Planet Airlines, SunExpress Deutschland
Manchester Manchester Airport
12
BH Air, Thomas Cook Airlines, TUI Airways
Ostrava Leoš Janáček Airport
12
Bulgarian Air Charter, SmartWings, Travel Service
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
11
BH Air, Corendon Airlines, Transavia, TUI fly Netherlands
Frankfurt Frankfurt Airport
Hahn Airport
11
Bulgarian Air Charter, Condor, Lufthansa, SunExpress Deutschland
Ryanair
Brussels Zaventem Airport
10
Brussels Airlines, Corendon Airlines, TUI fly Belgium
Budapest Ferenc Liszt Airport
10
Bulgarian Air Charter, Travel Service, Wizz Air
Poznań Ławica Airport
10
Bulgaria Air, Enter Air, Ryanair Sun, Small Planet Airlines, Travel Service

Ground transportation

Bus

Line No 15 (Bus-stop: located at the entrance of the airport area).Initial and final bus stops in Burgas – Burgas bus station "South".[48]

Taxi

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.[49]

Parking

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.[50]

Incidents and accidents

  • 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.[51][52]

See also

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