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Bourgas Airport

Bourgas airport is the second largest airport in Bulgaria and also recognised as Sarafovo airport, and located in the picturesque bay on the southern Bulgarian Black Sea. The airport is well positioned for travel along the south Black sea coast, and only 10 km from the beautiful city of Bourgas, a city that ranks second among the regions of Bulgaria because of its well developed industry.

The airport's location has easy road links to all of the popular Black sea coastal resorts, and within a radius of 35 km you can reach the popular resorts such as Sunny Beach, Nessebar, Elenite and Sozopol. The airport has well established links with transport by land, rail and sea.

The airport has experienced a significant rise in visitors over the past few years due to the popularity as a holiday destination, being host to tourists from countries such as Russia, Germany, Scandinavia, and the U.K. In 2012 the airport handled just under 2 400 000 a rise of 5.7% from the previous year.

The airport has one of the longest runways in the Balkans at 3200m. At the end of 2006 the German Bulgarian group Fraport Twin Star Airport Management won the 35 year concession period to manage, operate and invest in improving Bourgas and Varna airports, the entrance to the Black sea tourist region.

The airport is open all year for foreign passengers and freight, and serves 130 destinations in 58 countries. The airport is at present undergoing a major extension and overhaul with the construction of a new passenger terminal 2 close to terminal 1. It is reported that it will be able to take a maximum capacity of around 2500 passenger along with providing extra services, and is expected to cost about 75 million BGN. Varna airport is close by and only 130 km north of Bourgas, and has just recently opened its new passenger terminal 2 and will be now able to handle a higher capacity of passengers. Both airports improvements will cost an estimated 150 million BGN, but the improvement will make them able to cope with the ever increasing number of foreign tourists visiting the Black sea tourist region.

The geographical position of Bourgas airport makes it important not only in handling the increasing number of tourists descending on the Black sea, but also in the growth of transport trade and network. The airport covers an area of 2 532 000 SQM and includes a cargo centre. The runway is able to handle some of the heaviest aircraft such as the Boeing 747 and the 124 Rouslan. An advantage position of the airport is the connection of transport links by air, sea and rail and in particular the Bourgas port, which is Bulgaria's busiest sea port. The tourist season operates from May through to October. The region has a milder climate and a bonus for airport in Bourgas is it has excellent visibility for all year round travel.