Bulgarian Transport Minister Daniel Papazov welcomed on March 31 the resumption of direct flights between Sofia and Belgrade, saying that the he wanted more flight connections to neighbouring Balkan countries to spur tourism and business trips.
Papazov was on hand to greet the arrival of the first Belgrade-Sofia flight in 15 years at the Sofia Airport, alongside his Serbian counterpart Alexander Antic, the Bulgarian ambassador to Serbia Angel Dimitrov and Serbian ambassador in Sofia Vladimir Curgus.
Air Serbia will be operating the daily flights, using ATR 72 planes, which will arrive at Sofia Airport’s terminal 2 at 3.40pm and fly back to Belgrade at 4.10pm, the transport ministry said.
Papazov said that he expected more than 30 000 people to use the new route by the end of the year. The price of a return ticket is 149 euro.
Starting in June, Sofia Airport is also expected to have a direct flight to another Balkan capital city, with Croatian airline Dalmatian scheduled to begin flights to Zagreb.