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Passenger numbers at Bulgarian coastal airports soar in first quarter

SOFIA (Bulgaria), April 14 (SeeNews) – Total passenger traffic at Bulgaria’s Varna and Burgas airports jumped to more than 158,300 in the first three months of 2022, from some 60,600 in the same period of 2021, the German group Fraport, which operates the two coastal airports, said.

The number of passengers at Varna airport increased sharply to over 136,300 in the period January-March 2022 from 56,800 a year earlier, while passengers at Burgas airport rose to 22,000 compared with 3,800 in the comparable period last year, Fraport said in a monthly traffic figures report released Wednesday.

Airports in Fraport’s international portfolio largely maintained their rebound in March. Most of the group’s airports made significant traffic gains in the reporting month, with some even recording annual growth rates of over 100%, albeit from sharply reduced traffic levels in March 2021, a said Fraport.

Aircraft take-offs and landings rose 72.7% annually to 1,686 in the first quarter of this year.

Cargo handled at the two Bulgarian coastal airports fell by 27.5% year-on-year to 745 tons during the period under review.

Burgas and Varna airports are managed 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 BMStar.

Elsewhere in South Eastern Europe, the Fraport Group operates the airport in Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital, as well as 14 airports in Greece. The group also operates an airport in Antalya, Turkey.