Sofia Airport, otherwise known as Letishte Sofia-Vrazhdebna due to the town near its position, began in 1938 when the population of Sofia was at 250,000. Currently, Sofia has a population of over 1.2 million.
At the onset of the Second World War, the military took over the airport and used it as a base for sending out flights. Passenger flights only began in 1947 when Terminal 1 (for passengers) was completed. It had the capacity to cater to 600,000 passengers per year. During the 1960s, more reconstructions and advancements of the airport took place and modernized Sofia Airport further. Its size grew to be able to accommodate larger jumbo-jet aircrafts.
As the number of the passengers increased, Sofia Airport had to be improved even further. This included not just the practicality of size, but also the look and feel of the airport to contest other Airports of International Standards. This included a new runway, taxiways and an entirely new passenger terminal (Terminal 2) which were all completed in 2006. Both terminal 1 and 2 are located closely within range of one another. However, Sofia Airport still provides a free shuttle service between the two terminals between 7am to 6pm daily, at an interval of 30 minutes.
Services and Facilities
Sofia Airport boasts a myriad of excellent and different facilities catering to the passengers flying out of and in to the airport. These include a modern VIP lounge, located in the west of Terminal 1, that offers a place of comfort and relaxation to all passengers who want some alone time, away from the other travellers. It not only offers International TV, Wi-Fi and Broadband Internet connection, it is also stocked with an excellent selection of the latest magazines and newspapers. The lounge also includes 4 separate, private rooms.
Sofia Airport also houses two guest lounges – Preslav and Pliska. Both lounges come equipped with free wi-fi.
The departure area in Terminal 1 has three cafes catering to hungry travellers. A large selection of Bulgarian souvenirs and toys for children is also available in different shops located around the terminal. Bankingand currency exchange services are also available at the airport. Terminal 1 is exclusively for budget companies and charter flights.
In Terminal 2, the airlines ticketing offices, tourist and car hire desks, banks, post offices and cafeterias are located in the public area, before border control. However, the travel retail shops, Bulgarian wine and spirits shop and lounges are located only after going past the border control. Being the newer terminal, Terminal 2 is specially designed for disabled passengers, for example, access to all levels within this terminal is facilitated by lifts and escalators.
There are duty-free and travel outlets within Sofia Airport to offer all passengers traveling out from Sofia the opportunity to get goods free from taxes and/or duty.
Some of the companies that offer the most flights out of and in to Sofia Airport include Bulgaria Air, with flights to London Heathrow, Amsterdam and Moscow. Bulgaria Air offers flights to Vienna, Berlin and Prague while Wizz Air flies to Budapest, Dortmund and Valencia.
Some other airlines operating from Sofia Airport include British Airways, Lufthansa, LOT Polish Airways, Air France, Aeroflot, Czech Airways and Qatar Airways.
IMPORTANT! Information is correct as of 23 September 2014 and is subject to change. Please always check Sofia Airport website for the latest update of the following information.