Stepped-up security at Bulgarian airports, rail and bus stations and Israeli facilities

Bulgaria’s Bourgas Airport, the site of a suicide bombing terrorist attack that left seven people dead and more than 30 injured, was expected to re-open at about 6pm on July 19, according to the airport’s website.

There are stepped-up security measures at all Bulgarian airports, bus and railway stations and post offices after the bombing at Sarafovo airport in the Bulgarian Black Sea city.

Pending the re-opening of Bourgas airport, flights were being diverted to the Bulgarian Black Sea’s other major airport in the city of Varna.

Sofia Airport was operating according to a normal schedule but with stepped-up security. People were asked to come to the airport two hours ahead of their scheduled flight times.

Plovdiv Airport is also providing up-to-date flight information on its website

Access of people seeing off and receiving passengers at airports is temporarily restricted.

Police presence has been increased at places in Sofia where citizens of Jewish origin gather,Sofia mayor Yordanka Fandukova told journalists, according to a report by local news agency Focus.

“After the tragic incident in Burgas, I got in contact with Sofia District Police Directorate and asked stepped-up presence at the places where there are more citizens of Jewish origin. I am constantly in contact with Sofia District Police Directorate. I have information that the presence will be stepped up also at the places hosting events – a folklore festival, a football match between Sarajevo and Levski and a protest outside the municipality,” Fandukova said.

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Clive Leviev-Sawyer

Clive Leviev-Sawyer is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Sofia Globe. He is the author of the book Bulgaria: Politics and Protests in the 21st Century (Riva Publishers, 2015), and co-author of the book Bulgarian Jews: Living History (The Organization of the Jews in Bulgaria 'Shalom', 2018). He is also the author of Power: A Political Novel, available via, and, on the lighter side, Whiskers And Other Short Tales of Cats (2021), also available via Amazon. He has translated books and numerous texts from Bulgarian into English.