Sofia Airport is considered as the main airport of Bulgaria. The airport handles passengers from all over the world, but it decreased last 2012 compared to turn out of passengers during 2011. Within this airport, you will find the Vrazhdebna Air Base, which is the base of Bulgarian Air Force. The airport underwent several changes. There is a new terminal that was built at the east of old terminals and another runway was built next to the existing one. You will find the old runway converted into taxiway that is parallel to the new runway. This reconstruction was finished during 2006. This project cost millions of Euros, but the change that has been done with the airport is worthy.
The terminal 1 of the Sofia Airport serves both inbound and outbound passengers. This terminal has undergone a lot of improvements as well as extensions in order to provide better service for all passengers coming from different parts of the globe. This terminal can offer all passengers with easy access, efficient service and trouble-free procedure that is according to modern airport standard. Today, this terminal is serving both low cost airlines and charter carriers.
The Sofia Airport terminal 2 was opened December of 2006. The construction is one of the biggest projects in the country that received fund from EU ISPA programme. The overall cost includes upgrade of existing aircraft parking aprons, new terminal, construction of connecting taxiways and new aircraft parking aprons. This is situated at the east side of terminal 1 and this is bigger compared to the older one.
Passenger terminal buildings can handle 2,000 passengers per hour or 6 million passengers every year. It can also handle 26,000 tons of luggages. This terminal has airbridge-equipped gates instead of using airside busses. Within the vicinity of Sofia Airport you will find Sofia Airport Centre where you can find logistics centre, corporate office and hospitality. There is dual carriageway road that connects the terminal to the airport road for easy access. You will also find a fountain as well as an artificial lake that can give a refreshing view to the airport.
It is good to know that Sofia Airport boasts lots of world-class facilities such as modern VIP lounge that can offer comfortable space for all passengers who wants some privacy. You can find it at the west side of Terminal 1. This VIP lounge is complete with Broadband Internet connection, International TV and Wi-Fi. You will find four rooms and private car park. There is no reason to be bored as there are great selections of magazines as well as newspapers that can occupy your time. You will find two guest lounges with free wi-fi.
Within the Sofia Airport terminal 1, you can find 3 cafes where passengers can relax and you can find it in the departure area. This is also where you can buy wide range of souvenirs and toys. There are numerous banking located in this terminal and a currency exchange service. If you are looking for car hire services, airlines ticketing offices, post office, banks, tourist desk and cafeterias, then you should go to terminal 2. This terminal is designed with special attention to the needs of disable passengers.
There is Duty-free and travel outlets that can cater passengers departing from Sofia Airport to different destinations. This will give you enough time to purchase goods and items.
Terminal 1 in Sofia Airport is specifically for budget companies as well as charter flights. Some of the airline companies that you can find here are Bulgaria Air with flights going to Moscow, London, Heathrow and Amsterdam. Bulgaria Air can also offer flights going to Prague, Dortmund, Budapest and Valencia. You will find other airlines operating within this airport such as LOT Polish Airways, British Airways, Czech Airways, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Aeroflot and Air France.