Sofia Airport: First Cheap Airline Moves to Terminal 2

Written by on January 13, 2017 in Latest, Leisure, Tourism - No comments

Ugliness has a name: Terminal 1 at Sofia Airport. Photo taken two weeks ago by Imanuel Marcus.

Starting on Monday, January 16th, 2017, Ryanair flights to and from Sofia will be arriving and departing at Sofia Airport’s Terminal 2. Ryanair is the first cheap airline to use the sleek new terminal.

Only eleven years ago, Terminal 1 was everything Sofia Airport had. Terminal 2 was only opened four days before Bulgaria became part of the European Union, on December 27th, 2006. Since then, the old terminal was used for cheap airlines, which Bulgaria had attempted to keep out of the country before the E.U. accession.

The two terminals at Sofia Airport share a big load. In 2016, the number of passengers increased by 22% to 4.98 million. With 2.3 million of them, almost half the passengers flying into or out of Sofia used Terminal 1.

The changes for Ryanair passengers will extend the share for Terminal 2. And it means more comfort for them.

Sofia Airport’s Terminal 2 is far more attractive. This is because it is new and the architecture is elegant. Also there is far more room. On top of that, Sofia Airport does not seem to care what Terminal 1 looks like. The arrival building would not win any beauty contest, especially from the inside. The floor is damaged, mainly around frequently used doors, and it has been for years.

In 2016, Ryanair was not only the largest cheap airline in Europe, but also the largest airline. It operates 360 Boeing 737-800s. But to and from Bulgaria, Ryanair’s Hungarian competitor Wizz Air offers far more flights, at this stage.

By Imanuel Marcus

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  1. Martijn Huisman January 17, 2017 at 11:06 AM · Reply

    About time. Terminal 2 was built with EU money to give Sofia a modern airport. Now it has that, but with passenger numbers about the same size of Charleroi or Eindhoven it doesn’t need 2 terminals. That’s just hidden state support for mutra owned Bulgaria Air, which hasn’t paid it’s dues to the airport – a point well made by Ryanair – and probably should be out of business.

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