Passenger traffic at Bulgaria’s Varna, Burgas airports drops 75% in Jan-Feb

Passenger traffic at Bulgaria’s coastal airports of Varna and Burgas decreased by an annual 75% to 39,091 combined in the first two months of 2021, Germany’s Fraport Group, which operates the two airports, said on Thursday.

Passenger traffic at the busier Varna Airport fell 73.8% year-on-year to 36,331 in the January-February period, while passengers at Burgas Airport declined by 86.3% to 2,760, Fraport Group said in a statement.

Cargo handled at the two airports rose 4.8% to 990 t in the period under review. Aircraft movements went down 56.6% to 628.

Burgas and Varna airports are run by Fraport Twin Star Airport Management under a 35-year concession contract awarded in 2006. Fraport Twin Star Airport Management is a 60/40 joint venture of Fraport and Bulgarian company BM Star.

The airports in Fraport Group’s international portfolio continued to report mixed results in February, with traffic performance depending largely on the coronavirus pandemic situation. All of the group’s airports worldwide, except Xi’an in China, recorded traffic declines on an annual comparison basis in the second month of this year, according to the statement.

Elsewhere in Southeast Europe, Fraport Group operates an airport in Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana, as well as 14 airports in Greece. The group also runs an airport in the Turkish resort city of Antalya.

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