Bulgaria’s Sofia Airport: Traffic ‘is slowly recovering’

Traffic at Sofia Airport was still far from pre-pandemic levels in March 2022, the airport announced on April 10.

The number of passengers at the airport in the Bulgarian capital is 31 percent lower than in March 2019, the airport said.

“However, if we compare the 2021 results, we see an increase of 269,000 more passengers,” it said.

International passenger traffic fell by 31 percent compared to March 2019, but the year-on-year increase was nearly 260,000 passengers, Sofia Airport said.

Domestic travelers fell more than 32 percent compared to the same period before the recession in 2019, but increased 77 percent compared to March 2021.

Aircraft movements also fell by 22 percent from 2019, when the number of planes taking off and landing reached 3,797. Last March it was 2210.

The airport also reported a decrease in cargo and mail handled for the period, down 1,701 tons.

“The war in Ukraine and rising fuel prices are affecting the entire aviation sector and hampering a speedy recovery in traffic,” said Jesús Caballero, Managing Director of Sofia Airport.

“We expect the easing of anti-Covid measures to have a positive impact on air travel, but we are still a long way from pre-pandemic levels,” Caballero said.

“Sofia Airport team is working on opening new scheduled and seasonal flights, some of which are already part of our summer schedule,” he said.

(Photo: Sofia Airport)

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