Sofia Airport reported a 6.5% increase in the number of serviced passengers for April 2015. Their total number for that period equalled to 325 790 as compared to 305 944 for the same period last year. International scheduled passenger traffic increased by 6.3 %, reaching 308 670 passengers for the month.
Wizz Air achieved the most considerable growth in the number of serviced passengers with over 25 000 more carried passengers for that period as compared to last year. The growth came as a result from the introduction of three new direct flights from Sofia in May 2014 and the increased week frequencies on several airline’s destinations since the beginning of the current summer schedule.
Since the beginning of March 2015 Qatar Airways already operates direct flights from Doha to Sofia on Doha – Sofia – Belgrade – Sofia – Doha route. The change in the schedule led to a significant increase in the expected seat capacity to Sofia and resulted in growth in the number of passengers carried on the route, growth rate reaching 50 % as compared to last year.
The number of passengers serviced by Air Serbia increased twice as a result of the expanded capacity and the higher load factor of the flights between Sofia and Belgrade.
Other airlines reporting growth in passenger traffic in April include Lufthansa, British Airways, Aegean Airlines, Alitalia, and Turkish Airlines.
A total of 5 104 tourists used charter flights in the last month, which was 2 176 more as compared to the previous year (+74%). This was due to the great variety of holiday offers for the Easter holidays provided by Bulgarian tour operators as compared to 2014. In April this year, the number of organized Bulgarian tourists travelling from Sofia Airport doubled as compared to the same month last year.
Domestic flights marked a decrease of 19 % on annual basis – a total of 9 707 carried passengers in April 2015.
The total number of departing and landing aircraft at Sofia Airport in April was 3 654 as compared to 3 448 in the same month of 2014 (+6%). An increase of 4 % was achieved in international scheduled flights.
In comparison to 2014, there was a 46% increase in general aviation flights (90 flights more) and in charter flights (11 flights more)
Cargo aircraft had a total of 132 movements.
Processed cargo and mail shipments in April were 1 443 tonnes as compared to 1 479 tonnes for the same month last year (-2,4%).
Cargo volumes carried on scheduled passenger flights were 12 % less as compared to the previous period, while volumes carried on specialized cargo flights increased by 7 % as compared to April 2014.