Charter flights to Sofia Airport in May 2012 up 16 per cent y/y

The number of passengers arriving at Sofia Airport in May 2012 on scheduled commercial flights was 4200 more than in the same month in 2011 while the number on charter flights was 16 per cent higher, the airport said on June 11 2012.

The total number of passengers passing through the airport in May this year was 311 394, a year-on-year increase of 0.2 per cent, according to statistics on the airport’s website.

At the same time, the number of aircraft arriving at and departing from Sofia Airport in May was, at 3934, a total of 172 less than in May 2011.

The slight decrease in scheduled commercial international and domestic flights was largely offset by the 14 per cent increase in charters and a 28 per cent increase in business aviation, according to the airport.

A new Sofia–Belgrade–Prague cargo route started in May 2012, twice a week on Wednesdays and Fridays, using the cargo version of Czech Airlines ATR72 aircraft, the airport said.

The volume of processed cargo and mail was, in May 2012, the highest since the start of the year, at 1441 tons, 6.2 per cent higher than in May 2011.

There was a 28 per cent increase in air freight transported by special cargo aircraft. The airport said that the largest contribution to this strong performance was DHL, which had strengthened its leading position with more than 32 per cent share of the total cargo handled at Sofia Airport.

(Photo: Apostoloff)



The Sofia Globe staff

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