Passenger traffic at Bulgaria's three major airports - in Sofia, Varna and Bourgas - grew by almost 10 per cent on the year to 3.89 million in the first half of 2011, mainly due to a rise in the number of customers using international routes and the launch of new destinations.
The largest number of passengers was at Sofia Airport. The airport in Bourgas registered the biggest increase in passengers chiefly because of the higher number of holiday trips.
The upward trend in passenger numbers at the country's main airports started to emerge in 2010 after airports recorded a decline in customers due to the financial crisis. The airport in Sofia even reported a record-high passenger count the previous year, projecting that the results will further improve in 2011.
The airport in the capital handled two million passengers in the first half, an annual increase of 7.4 per cent. In July alone, the airport services 336 500 passengers, up three per cent in annual terms.
Sofia Airport projects its passenger count to grow to 3.5 million in 2011.
The increase in the number of passengers at the airports in Varna and Bourgas was attributed to the higher number of foreign tourists, mostly from Russia, Germany and the UK.