SOFIA (Bulgaria), October 19 (SeeNews) – Passenger traffic at Bulgarian airports in Varna and Burgas grew 84.8% per year to over 1.7 million in the nine months to September, reported the German group Fraport, which operates the two coastal airports.
Passenger traffic at Varna airport increased by 57% over the year to reach 824,551 during the period January-September, while passengers at Burgas airport more than doubled to 909,757 Fraport Group said in a statement last week.
Cargo handled at the two airports more than doubled to 4,017 t during the period under review. Aircraft movements increased 58.8% year on year to 14,945.
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 of Fraport and the Bulgarian company BM Star.
“In September 2021, the airports in Fraport’s international portfolio largely continued to post positive traffic performance,” the Fraport group noted in its press release. However, compared to September 2019 before the pandemic, most of the Fraport Group airports around the world still registered lower passenger numbers.
Elsewhere in South-Eastern Europe, Fraport Group operates the airport in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, as well as 14 airports in Greece. The group also operates an airport in Antalya, Turkey.