In February, the shortest month of the year, Sofia Airport handled 270,622 passengers, up by 4.6 per cent from a year earlier, the airport’s administration said.

Scheduled international passenger services to/from Sofia Airport in February 2015 recorded a notable growth of 6.3 per cent to 246,115 people, up by 14,588 people compared with February 2014. Domestic passengers decreased by 3 per cent. Tourists transported by seasonal chartered services decreased by 2,000 people.

During the month in review, the number of airplane landings and takeoffs serviced by Sofia Airport increased by 2.5 per cent from a year earlier, reaching 3,052. Commercial passenger aircraft landings and takeoffs rose by 32 per cent, while those performed by cargo planes fell by 12 per cent.

The amount of cargo and mail handled by the airport went up by 5.6 per cent. The cargo amounted to 1,343 tonnes, up from 1,272 tonnes. Despite the fall in cargo flights, the cargo transported by such flights rose by 16 per cent, year on year, while the cargo transported by passenger planes fell by 5 per cent.

The summer timetable of Sofia Airport will become effective on March 28, offering new travel opportunities. At the beginning of May, carrier Swiss International will restore its scheduled service between Zurich and Sofia. Direct flights to Southern Italy will become available again, with Mistral Air flying not only to Catania but also to Bari.