There is enormous potential for the development of air transport to the Western Balkans. This was announced by Assya Ivanova, Chair of "Sofia Airport" EAD’s Board of Directors, during the first aviation event of the programme of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU.
Data show that before launching the Sofia-Belgrade route in 2014, air passenger were less than 1000. In the first year traffic increased by 400% and reached 5 000 people. The trend is maintained with the number of passengers between the two capitals reaching 8 000 last year.
Potential for the development of air connectivity is also demonstrated by other Western Balkan countries. Last year, a total of 50 000 Albanian tourists visited our country, but only 2 000 of them used air transport. There is a similar trend among Macedonian tourists. According to the statistics, out of 1 million passengers, less than 300 preferred air transport.
A concrete step of Sofia Airport EAD’s management towards improving the connectivity at the Western Balkans is the forthcoming opening of the Sofia-Ljubljana flights on 25 March. Flights to the Slovenian capital city will be operated three times a week by Adria Airways.