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Bulgarian airport in Sofia: traffic “slowly resumes”

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

Passenger numbers at the Bulgarian capital’s airport were 31% lower than in March 2019, the airport said.

“However, if we compare with the results for 2021, we see an increase of 269,000 additional passengers,” he said.

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

Domestic travelers are down more than 32% from the same period before the 2019 recession, but up 77% from March 2021.

Aircraft movements were also down 22% from 2019, when the number of planes taking off and landing reached 3,797. Last March, there were 2,210.

The airport also reported a drop in cargo and mail shipments handled for the period, at 1,701 tonnes.

“The war in Ukraine as well as rising fuel prices are impacting the entire aviation sector and hampering a rapid recovery in traffic,” said Sofia Airport general manager Jesús Caballero.

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

“The 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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