For the first three months of 2012, 775 288 passengers were served at Sofia Airport which retains the level of the same period of 2011. The total amount of the passengers travelling on scheduled international flights is 686 328, which is 3% more than the first quarter of the last year. Bulgarian carrier Bulgaria Air registered 6,6% increase compared to 2011 and the foreign air companies operating scheduled flights indicate a 2% growth. The passengers travelling on the domestic routes to Varna and Burgas are 25 677. Their number is down by around 35 % compared to January-March 2011 as a result of the temporary closing of Varna Airport.

During the first quarter of 2012 most passengers were travelling with Bulgaria Air, Wizz Air, Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, easyJet to and from Sofia Airport.

Some progress was noticed in Business Aviation – the number of flights was increased with 11% and the number of passengers is 52% more compared to the last year.

 Aircraft movements

 The total amount of the aircraft movements in the first quarter of 2012 is 10 230 which is 900 less than the same period of 2011. The drop is affected by the discontinued direct flights of the bankrupted Hungarian carrier Malev as well as the lesser tourist charter flights and the 25 percent decrease of the domestic flights.


 The data for the first quarter of the year shows 5,5 % growth in the processed cargo and mail at Sofia Airport in comparison with the relevant previous period. The total volume of cargo and mail is 3 868 t. The freights carried on specialized cargo flights increased by 13% and by over 6% on scheduled international flights.

Source: Sofia Airport

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