Burgas International Airport – Discover the Enchanting Country
The second largest airport in Bulgaria, Burgas Airport is located around 10 km southeast Bulgaria and is currently owned by Fraport and operated by Fraport Twin Star Airport Management. It is at an elevation of 41 meters above mean sea level and has a single concrete runway measuring 3,200 meters in length. The Burgas Airport is hub for Air VIA, BH Air, Bulgaria Air and Bulgarian Air Charter and also serves seaside resorts of Bulgarian south coast. The airport recorded 2,522,319 passengers and 18,869 aircraft movements in the year 2014. The airport currently has only one terminal – Terminal 2 which manages entire airport passenger traffic and offer state-of-the-art infrastructure and numerous passenger services. The runway at the airport is the fourth longest in the Balkans after Athens Airport, Sofia Airport and Belgrade Airport.
The site to build the airport was finalized in 27 June 1937 by the French Company CIDNA, which is now a part of Air France. The airport was officially inaugurated on 29th June 1947 and Balkan Bulgarian Airlines was the first airline to operate domestic flights from the airport. While the airport was expanded twice in 1950’s and 1960’s to manage the growing number of passengers it was given the status of an international airport in 1970. A major expansion began in 2006 when the Bulgarian Government awarded a 35 year 35-year-long concession on both Varna and Burgas airports with Fraport in exchange of an investment worth €500 million. Construction work began in December 2011 and by the end of 2013, the airport had a new terminal with capacity to handle 2,700,000 passengers. Constant renovations are conducted at the airport to make it one of the best airports in the country and the region.
While SmartWings, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Germanwings, Bulgaria Air, Aer Lingus, Thomas Cook Airlines, Transaero Airlines and Wizz Air are the regular passenger flights operating from the airport, Air Berlin, Belavia, Bulgarian Air Charter, Corendon Dutch Airlines, Europe Airpost, Nordwind Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium and Ukraine International Airlines operate chartered flights to and from the Burgas International Airport. Kalitta Air, National Airlines and Silk Way Airlines operate cargo flights from the airport.
While the Burgas Airport offer best of infrastructure, service and facilities for its passengers, till now it has not won any awards.
Routes and Destinations
Sofia, Varna, Moscow, London, Vienna, Stavanger, Gothenburg and Kiev are the regular destinations connected directly with the Burgas Airport. However, the airport is connected to 109 destinations in 31 countries, by more than 57 Bulgarian and foreign airlines that operate seasonal flights from the Burgas Airport.
Why Fly Through This Airport
How to Check-in
If you are travelling from the Burgas Airport, then you can avail two check-in options – Web check-in and counter check-in. Passengers can avail the option of web check-in anywhere between 24 hours to 2 hours before departure of flight and can get their boarding pass printed from the comfort of your home. At the airport, the Terminal 2 has 31 check-in counters for the convenience of the passengers. Generally counters open 2 to 3 hours before departure of flight and passengers travelling to international destinations should check-in minimum of 2 hours before departure. Those travelling within the domestic zone can check-in before 1 hour of their flight departure.
The amount of luggage you can check-in or the numbers of baggage pieces you can carry as hand baggage depend upon the policy of the airline you are travelling with and can vary from one airline to the other. Speak to your airline in case you want to know how much you can carry. However, as a general trend, passengers are allowed to carry anywhere between 20 kg to 32 kg as check-in baggage and 7 kg to 15 kg as hand luggage. Anything which exceeds beyond the allotted limit is considered as excess baggage and passengers need to pay a penalty for the same. The limit of baggage depends upon the class as well as route of travel. Most of the airline does not accept a baggage which weighs more than 32 kg.
A beautiful lake sprawls between the airport and the city and if you want to enjoy splendid views of the lake during takeoff or landing, make sure you book the window seat. This can be done conveniently by pre selection of your seat, at a small fee, during the web check-in process. Seats at the airport are not guaranteed.
Making your flight reservation online is the easiest way to book a seat on your preferred flight but a convenience fee is levied. You can avoid this convenient fee by booking your ticket at the airport counter or airline office. In case of any query regarding booking, modification or cancellation, speak to the airline directly.