SOFIA (Bulgaria), Jan. 17 (SeeNews) – Passenger traffic at Bulgaria’s Varna and Burgas airports increased by 88% to 1.96 million in 2021, the German Fraport group, which operates the two coastal airports, announced on Monday .
Passenger traffic at Varna Airport increased by 62% last year to just over 1 million, while passengers at Burgas Airport more than doubled to 954,402, the Fraport Group said in a statement.
The cargo handled at the two airports increased by 20% to 4,703 t in 2021. The number of take-offs and landings of aircraft increased by 60% to 17,534.
Burgas and Varna airports are operated by Fraport Twin Star Airport Management under a 35-year concession contract awarded in 2006. Fraport Twin Star Airport Management is a 60/40 joint venture between Fraport and the Bulgarian company BM Star.
Accordingly, the airports of the Fraport Group showed a mixed picture worldwide last year. With the exception of Xi’an in China, all international locations recorded different growth rates compared to the weak reference year 2020. “Traffic recovered much faster at the tourist-oriented airports, especially in the summer season. Compared to the pre-crisis level of 2019, some Group airports in the international portfolio continued to record significant declines,” says the Fraport Group.
In the rest of Southeast Europe, the Fraport Group operates the airport in Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana, as well as 14 airports in Greece. The group also operates an airport in Antalya, Turkey.