Sofia Airport: A haven for intra-EU flights

Written by on February 2, 2018 in Bulgaria - Comments Off on Sofia Airport: A haven for intra-EU flights

Where do we fly from Sofia Airport? Well, anywhere we want. For long intercontinental flights, we need to hop on connecting flights at larger airports. That is because Sofia Airport is not exactly Heathrow.

But we can go wherever we please, if we can afford it. Benito Juárez International Airport in Mexico City, Cape Town International Airport, Haneda Airport in Tokyo or Adelaide Airport. You name it.

Of course, the most frequented flights from and to Sofia are far less exotic.

Eurostat, an EU body which provides statistical information to the institutions and to all Europeans, went through the anguish of analising the five most popular routes to and from every European airport. The latest statistics are based on 2016 data.

By the way: Lufthansa presented its impressive new livery today. Photo by Lufthansa.

For Sofia, Eurostat paints the following picture: Sofia Airport is a haven for intra-EU flights. Almost 82 percent of all flights from Sofia have destinations within the European Union, or they originate from those same places.

Only 3.2 percent of all flights taking off from, or landing at, Sofia Airport are national ones. Sofia – Bourgas and Sofia -Varna are the only routes of this kind. Flying to from Sofia to Plovdiv would not really make sense, since the flight would arrive before it takes off.

The most popular flight Sofia Airport has to offer is the one to and from Vienna. There were a total of 1,646 flights between Schwechat Airport and Sofia Airport in 2016, which transported 155,069 passengers.

London Luton, Frankfurt, Munich and Istanbul are among the five most popular flights from and to Sofia too.

Eurostat offers an interactive online tool, which shows the top five flight connections for all major airports in Europe.

Photo at top of page by Wikimedia Commons.

 

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