On the eve of the Christmas and New Year holidays Sofia Airport welcomed its 4-millionth passenger. Jasmina Christoff, the lucky passenger, and her family arrived from London on British Airways flight.
To the accompaniment of Strauss’s “Radetzky March” played by the wind orchestra to the National Music School “Lybomir Pipkov”, the passenger was welcomed officially at the airport.
„This year Sofia Airport will welcome more than 4 million passengers for the first time – 2.5 million at Terminal 1 and 1.5 million at Terminal 2”, Hristo Shterionov, the Executive Director, announced. He gave Mrs. Christoff a card for multiple visits to the Guest Lounges - New Generation Gold in the amount of EUR 150, and Mrs. Assya Ivanova, a member of the Board of Directors of “Sofia Airport” EAD – a gift voucher for the duty free shops in the amount of EUR 100.
Airport statistical data show that the most desirable destination is London. It is served by 4 airlines operating year-round scheduled flights and since next year the airlines are becoming 5. Passenger traffic on the route has achieved a 16 % increase as compared to last year. Passengers travelling from Sofia total to 300 thousand and use four airports of the British capital city: Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton and Stansted.
Attracting larger passenger and cargo traffic is one of the main priorities of Sofia Airport and efforts towards that end are made throughout the whole year.
In the far 2006 Sofia Airport for the first time welcomed more than 2 million passengers. One year after the entry into service of Terminal 2, in 2008, more than 3 million passengers were serviced (3.2 mln). In 2013 they increased to 3.5 mln and in 2014 they reached 3.8 million.
Since January until the end of November 2015 passengers on scheduled flights increased by 6.6 % as compared to the same period of the previous year, which is due to the constantly increasing number of the passengers travelling on international flights.
As a result of our daily efforts to establish a reputation as a solid and reliable partner there is an increase in the number of individual tourists travelling on scheduled passenger flights to the destinations they prefer.