Istanbul’s new airport to boost air traffic over Bulgaria – minister

Air traffic over Bulgaria is expected to increase by 50 per cent once the new international airport in Istanbul becomes operational, Bulgaria’s Transport Minister Ivailo Moskovski told participants in the annual conference of the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Association, which is being held in Sofia on April 20-24.

The increased air traffic would translate into more jobs for air traffic controllers in Bulgaria, which Moskovski estimated at between 40 per cent and 60 per cent over the next two years.

Currently, about 1700 flights pass over Bulgaria each day, rising to 3000 flights during the busiest periods of the year, but such a load would become a routine occurrence once the new Istanbul airport goes into operation, Moskovski said.

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(Photo of Moskovski: Bulgarian Ministry of Transport)