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Sofia Airport
Летище София (Враждебна)
Letishte Sofiya (Vrazhdebna)
IATA: SOF - ICAO: LBSF
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Sofia Airport EAD
Serves Sofia
Elevation AMSL 1,742 ft (531 m)
Coordinates 42°41′42″N, 023°24′30″E
Website www.sofia-airport.bg
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
09/27 11,811 3,600 Asphalt

Sofia Airport (IATA: SOF, ICAO: LBSF) (Bulgarian: Летище София, Letishte Sofiya), also known as Vrazhdebna (Враждебна) (after the village located to the north) is the main airport in Sofia, Bulgaria. The airport is a hub for Bulgaria Air (successor of the bankrupt Balkan Airlines) and Hemus Air. It handled 2.2 million passengers in 2006, which is expected to grow to 2.6 million in 2009[1]. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (3072x2304, 2906 KB) Entrance to the departure hall of Sofia International Airport, Sofia, Bulgaria Source: Photo Pascal Reusch (Sep. ... An IATA airport code, also known an IATA location identifier, IATA station code or simply a location identifier [1], is a three-letter code designating many airports around the world, defined by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). ... The ICAO (IPA pronunciation: ) airport code or location indicator is a four-letter alphanumeric code designating each airport around the world. ... This article is about the capital of Bulgaria. ... The term above mean sea level (AMSL) refers to the elevation (on the ground) or altitude (in the air) of any object, relative to the average sea level. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... Asphalt is a sticky, black and highly viscous liquid or semi-solid that is present in most crude petroleums and in some natural deposits. ... An IATA airport code, also known an IATA location identifier, IATA station code or simply a location identifier [1], is a three-letter code designating many airports around the world, defined by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). ... The ICAO (IPA pronunciation: ) airport code or location indicator is a four-letter alphanumeric code designating each airport around the world. ... This article is about the capital of Bulgaria. ... Bulgaria Air (Bulgarian name: България Ер) is the national airline carrier of Bulgaria, based in the capital, Sofia. ... Balkan Airlines was Bulgarias government-owned national carrier between 1946 and 2002 and, at its height, one of Europes largest air carriers. ... Hemus Air is an airline based in Sofia, Bulgaria. ...


Initially built in the 1930s on the outskirts of the then relatively small capital city, Sofia Airport was facing difficulties with today's traffic. After years of studying different possibilities, some as far as 70 km away from Sofia, it was agreed to expand the existing airport. The airport's second terminal was officially opened on 27 December 2006.[2] “km” redirects here. ... December 27 is the 361st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (362nd in leap years). ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Contents

Airport reconstruction

A model of the new airport terminal in the departures hall

According to the plan a new Sofia Airport terminal was built to the east of the current terminal, and a second runway was constructed alongside the existing one. The existing runway has been turned into a taxiway parallel to the newly constructed runway. Both are crossing the river Iskar on a bridge. The new runway was opened in August 2006, while the new terminal opened in December, 2006. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (3072x2304, 2883 KB) Model of Sofia International Airport, Bulgaria Source: Photo Pascal Reusch File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Sofia Airport Metadata This file contains additional information... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (3072x2304, 2883 KB) Model of Sofia International Airport, Bulgaria Source: Photo Pascal Reusch File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Sofia Airport Metadata This file contains additional information... An airport terminal is a building at an airport where passengers transfer from ground transportation to the facilities that allow them to board airplanes. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Iskar (Bulgarian: Искър; Latin Oescus) is the longest river in Bulgaria, a right tributary of the Danube. ...


Total cost of the project was planned at 200 million euro. The financing was secured in 1997-98 from the European Investment Bank (60 million euro), Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (12.3 million Kuwaiti dinars, approx. 41.5 million euro), European Union's Phare programme (7.6 million euro). In August 2000 an ISPA grant of 50 million euro was allocated and in December the Financing Memorandum was signed. [3] For other uses, see Euro (disambiguation). ... The European Investment Bank (the Banque Européenne dInvestissement) is the European Unions financing institution and was established under the Treaty of Rome (1957) to provide loan finance for capital investment furthering European Union policy objectives, in particular regional development, Trans-European Networks of transport, telecommunications and energy... ISO 4217 Code KWD User(s) Kuwait Inflation 3. ... The Phare programme is one of the three pre-accession instruments financed by the European Union to assist the applicant countries of Central and Eastern Europe in their preparations for joining the European Union. ... Instrument for Structural Policies for Pre-Accession (ISPA) is one of the three financial instruments of the European Union (along with Phare and Sapard) to assist the candidate countries in the preparation for accession. ...


The construction works was split in two lots: construction of the new terminal with its surrounding infrastructure, and construction of the new runway. First lot was allocated to the German branch of Austrian company Strabag, while second lot was won by consortium of Kuwaiti company Mohamed Abdulmohsin al-Kharafi & Sons and UAE-based Admak General Contracting Company. Strabag is a European construction company based in Spittal, Austria. ...


Delays of the terminal construction

Sofia's Airport as seen from space
Sofia's Airport as seen from space

The initial deadline of for the new terminal was December 15, 2004 with a total budget of 112.2 million euro. Right after the beginning Strabag contested the geological surveys made by the Dutch engineering consutancy company NACO B.V., and demanded additional funding for unexpected additional works. The delay was 10 months, and the construction was resumed after Bulgarian government agreed to amend the contract increasing it with 4.8 million euro. The deadline was extended by August 31, 2005. [4] Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 364 pixelsFull resolution (957 × 435 pixel, file size: 125 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)Sofia Airport in Bulgaria as seen from space. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 364 pixelsFull resolution (957 × 435 pixel, file size: 125 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)Sofia Airport in Bulgaria as seen from space. ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ...


In 2004 Strabag demanded additional 6 million euro due to rise in steel prices [5]. The Ministry of Transportation rejected the claim backed by NACO's report. In May 2005 the construction company threatened to take the case to an international arbitration body. [6] For other uses, see Steel (disambiguation). ...


In August it was revealed that Strabag was not able to meet the changed deadline, and the further delay was estimated to be 6-8 weeks [7]. Later in November the company asked for 8 months extension of the slippery deadline. [8]


In February 2006 approximately 500 m² of the suspended ceiling fell down, leaving many questions about the quality of the construction works. Although no injuries were reported the local media added the passengers safety to the price and time discussion. [9] In construction and architecture, a dropped ceiling, also referred to as a drop or suspended ceiling, is used as a secondary ceiling formed to conceal piping, wiring, or ductwork, into an area called the plenum. ... For other uses, see Safety (disambiguation). ...


Terminal 1

Waiting room in the airport

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Terminal 2

Flight FB408 arrives from Brussels

The new Terminal 2 was officially opened on December 27, 2006 with the symbolic arrival of Bulgaria Air flight FB 408 from Brussels. It was one of the biggest projects in Bulgaria to receive funds from the EU ISPA programme. The price includes the new terminal, new aircraft parking aprons, upgrading the existing aircraft parking aprons and the construction of connecting taxiways. The terminal itself has 7 gates, 38 check-in desks and covers an area of 50 000 sq m and has a parking lot for 820 vehicles. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (900x600, 200 KB) Anton Vassilev (ToniPixel) I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (900x600, 200 KB) Anton Vassilev (ToniPixel) I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Bulgaria Air (Bulgarian name: България Ер) is the national airline carrier of Bulgaria, based in the capital, Sofia. ...


The new terminal is located to the east of Terminal 1 and is significantly bigger than the old one that will continue to serve the low-cost airlines.


The new passenger terminal building is designed with a capacity of 2,000 peak hour passenger flow and up to 2,6 million passengers per year together with 26 000 tonne of cargo. For the first time in Bulgaria an airport will serve passengers with airport gates instead of shuttle busses.


The new Sofia Airport Center, a premiere corporate office, hospitality and logistics center in Bulgaria is being constructed in the vicinity.


The infrastructure surrounding the building is expected to be completed in 2007. It includes a new highway connecting the terminal with the existing airport road, landscape works including an artificial lake and a fountain.

Interior of Terminal 2
Interior of Terminal 2

A new city bus line No. 284 is serving the route from Sofia University to Terminal 2, while No. 84 continues to run to Terminal 1. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1280 × 960 pixel, file size: 548 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1280 × 960 pixel, file size: 548 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The main entrance of the university building The Saint Clement of Ohrid University of Sofia or Sofia University (Sofiiski Universitet Sveti Kliment Ohridski) (Софийски университет Св. Климент Охридски) is the oldest and most significant modern higher education institution in Bulgaria, founded on 1st October 1888. ...


The airlines ticketing offices, tourist and rent-a-car desks, banks, post office, and cafeterias in Terminal 2 are located in the public area. The travel retail shops, Bulgarian wine and spirits shop and Business lounges are located airside beyond the area of border control. Terminal 2 is designed with special attention to disabled passengers. Their access to the different terminal levels and the multi-storey parking garage is facilitated via elevators and escalators. [10]

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Cargo Airlines

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Sources

  1. ^ [1] Sofia Airport news site
  2. ^ [2] Bulgarian National radio news on opening of terminal 2
  1. ^  Sofia Echo — Plans on the runway
  2. ^  Standard — Niki Vassilev Leaves Sofia without New Airport
  3. ^  Dnevnik — Strabag seeks new revision, arbitration looms
  4. ^  Ministry of transportation Minister Mutafchiev met Strabag representatives (in Bulgarian)
  5. ^  Winter charter traffic at Sofia airport
  6. ^  Sofia Echo — New demands for completion of Sofia Airport project

See also

  • List of the largest airports in the South Slavic countries

This is a list of the largest airports in the Southern Slavic speaking countries by passengers per year (2006). ...

External links

  • Sofia Airport Homepage
  • Strabag — Sofia Airport project
  • World Aero Data airport information for LBSF

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Passenger Opinions about Sofia Airport (2254 words)
Sofia Airport is easily one of the worst airports I have used.
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Sofia Airport - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (697 words)
Sofia Airport (IATA: SOF, ICAO: LBSF) (Bulgarian: Летище София), also known as Vrazhdebna (Враждебна) (Hostile in English) is the main airport in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The airport is a hub for Bulgaria Air (successor of the bankrupt Balkan Airlines) and Hemus Air.
According to the plan a new Sofia Airport terminal had to be built to the east of the current terminal, and a second runway to be constructed along the existing one.
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