Every human activity stems from the needs of society. It has its economical benefits but it also has an impact on the environment. In that respect no difference exists between civil aviation and any other human activity – it originated as a response to people’s need to travel faster and more comfortable, which respectively led to various changes in the environment.

Over the course of time it became obvious that the optimum balance needed to be found between the economical benefits of the fast-growing industry and the way it influenced the living conditions of people. That balance lies in the foundation of the strategy for sustainable development of aviation business.

“Sofia Airport” EAD strives to perform its obligations in such a way as to reduce the impact of aviation activities on the environment and the people working and living within Sofia Airport region.

We monitor, control and evaluate the different aspects of our activities and their impact on the environment. Thus we can find a way to diminish their impact on the living conditions in the vicinity of the airport.

All of the above gave start to “Sofia Airport” EAD’s long-term policy meeting the principles of sustainable development – adopting and applying world’s best practices in aviation business, striving to affirm our company as a good neighbour for the citizens living and working in the region.


As of 2017, Sofia Airport is a “Major Airport” within the meaning of item 12 of the Supplementary Provisions of the Protection from Environmental Noise Act, with more than 50,000 aircraft movements per year. In this regard, and in accordance with the Protection from Environmental Noise Act and the Directive 2002/49/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 June 2002 relating to the assessment and management of environmental noise, a Strategic Noise Map (SNM) for Sofia Airport was developed. SNM was approved by the Minister of Health with Order No. RD-01-228/02.08.2019.

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Contents (PDF and BMP files):

  • Strategic Noise Map for Sofia Airport (SNM) – BG version;
  • Raw Computational Results;
  • CARNETS – Verification Control Measurements;
  • SNM 24 - LDEN, dB(A);
  • SNM night – LNIGHT, dB(A);
  • SNM day - LDAY, dB(A);
  • SNM evening – LEVENING, dB(A).



Based on the approved SNM, development of a Noise Action Plan was assigned. The main purpose of the Action Plan is to manage, limit and reduce noise pollution in the environment by implementing measures in the short, medium and long term.

According to Art. 9, para. 1 of the Noise Protection Act, in connection with the development of the Noise Action Plan, a public discussion will be held on 21st September 2020 at 10:00 AM in the Aviation Club, Terminal 1 of Sofia Airport.

You can find the draft of the "Noise Action Plan to the Strategic Noise Map of Sofia Airport" in Bulgarian HERE

Noise Contact Form for questions and comments related to aircraft noise



Sofia Airport EAD has the responsibility to provide quality services to its customers, while at the same time taking care of protecting the life and health of people at the airport and at other nearby sites, protecting the facilities and property of the company and protecting the environment by preventing hazardous and permanent pollution and major accidents.

Safety is a top priority in the activities of receiving, safe storing and refueling of jet fuel, aviation gasoline and motor fuels. A system of administrative acts and procedures has been put in place, where the responsibilities and duties of workers, technical and managerial staff are defined. The staff undergoes periodic training and instruction in order healthy and safe working conditions to be ensured.

Sofia Airport Management implements a Policy for the prevention of major accidents with hazardous substances at the Fueling Department Directorate "Transport and Fuels". To see the Policy: