YEREVAN, JANUARY 31, ARTSAKHPRESS. On Tuesday Fraport Twin Star Airport Management, which holds the concessions for the airports in Burgas and Varna, expressed readiness for an early start of the summer season this year from the end of March. It is expected that flights will be carried out from and to ten destinations in six countries.
The direct destination in 2023 include flights to Poznan (Poland), Kaunas (Lithuania) and the Irish capital Dublin by the company Ryanair, European Air Charter should carry out flights to the Polish city of Szczecin, and airBaltic will fly to Riga (Latvia).
According to the current master plan for the period from 2022 to 2026, Fraport Twin Star Airport Management plans to invest more than EUR 50 million, mainly in the rehabilitation of the Burgas Airport runway, completion of the extension of the platrorm and installation of new lighting, as well as beginning an expansion of Terminal 2.
The company’s announcement comes against the backdrop of a campaign to revise the concession contract for Burgas Airport and possibly renegotiate the conditions and ensure the airport’s year-round load with passenger flights, launched by the mayor of Pomorie Ivan Alexiev and supported by tourist organizations in the region.
Fraport Twin Star Airport Management is working intensively with the airlines to develop the connectivity of Burgas Airport inside and outside the peak summer season. The airport operator is one of the many factors shaping the connectivity during the winter period of a destination with characteristic pronounced seasonality. The availability of demand for a certain destination and a large number of potential passengers for inbound and outbound traffic are the most important factors for a given year-round route, the concessionaire company also stated. They added that last year a significant growth in passengers (72%) was reported compared to 2021, which represents a total of 1.63 million passengers.
The reporting data from Fraport Twin Star Airport Management show that nearly 12,300 flights were carried out, of which 5,489 regular and 5,169 charter flights. The implemented flight programmes were by 50 airlines to 85 destinations.
“This growth was achieved despite the lack of flights from the Russian Federation, Ukraine and Belarus, which were among the main markets for the sea airport before the military conflict on Ukrainian territory, which began at the beginning of last year. As many as 6 new airlines operated flights to and from Burgas Airport and two new routes were added to the airport portfolio – Antalya, Turkey and Zielona Gora, Poland,” the company added in its position.