Flying to the Balkans: Bulgaria

Flying to the Balkans: Bulgaria

28. 07. 2020 Blog 4min

Bulgaria, a country located in the Balkan region and one of Eastern Europe’s hidden treasures, can serve as both a tourist destination but also as a very strategically located and competitively priced country with multiple airports that can be used as tech stops. 

What should you know when flying to Bulgaria

If you are planning a flight to one of Bulgaria’s airports, find below an overview of useful information to help you schedule your flight.

Entry Airports

Entry airports in Bulgaria receive an increasing number of commercial flights as well as private and business aviation flights.

Aircraft Parking

In general, all Bulgarian airports have sufficient capacity regarding ramp space for aircraft parking. In terms of alternates, Plovdiv Airport can be a good parking alternate for Greece, while Burgas Airport and Varna Airport represent convenient alternates for parking in Turkey, especially Istanbul.

Landing and Take-off Permits

Landing permit is required for all non-EU registered aircraft except ambulance flights and tech stop flights on all international airports in Bulgaria. EU-registered aircraft only require landing permit if carrying special, military, dangerous and/or dual use cargo. The permit lead time is 2 working days.

COVID19 travel restrictions in Bulgaria

Please note that the situation regarding COVID19 travel restrictions in Bulgaria can change anytime. Contact us directly at ops@eurojet-service.com for the most up-to-date and current restrictions regarding air travel to Bulgaria.

As of July 29, 2020, unrestricted entry applies for: Bulgarian nationals, nationals of the EU, the Schengen Agreement States (including San Marino, Andorra, Monaco and Vatican City), Algeria, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Rwanda, Serbia, Thailand, Tunisia, the UK, Uruguay, and Ukraine.

As a result of the COVID19 travel restrictions, crews currently cannot overnight in Bulgaria. Tech stops at Bulgarian entry airports are possible.

How can we support your flights in Bulgaria

Euro Jet is ready to provide flight support for all your scheduled trips to Bulgaria and arrange a wide range of ground support services for your aircraft:

  • Ground handling support
  • Landing and take-off permits
  • Jet fuel, fuel uplift
  • Flight planning
  • Crew accommodation
  • Crew transportation
  • VIP in-flight catering
  • Credit for qualifying customers

Contact us at ops@eurojet-service.com for any service requests.

Our Country Manager for Bulgaria, Nikolay Dimitrov, along with Sofia Station Manager, Dimitar Petkov, and their teams of on-the-ground agents will take care of your flights. Our local team consists of experienced aviation professionals with extensive knowledge of all entry airports in Bulgaria. Euro Jet’s Ground Service Coordinators are present directly on the ramp and personally oversee all aspects of each flight and ensure an excellent level of service.

Euro Jet also has its own VIP crew lounge at Sofia Airport (LBSF/SOF). The crew lounge is located right on the ramp and includes a fully air-conditioned area for the crew to relax or get some work done. As do all Euro Jet VIP lounges, Sofia crew facility also offers a work station with computer, printer and wi-fi, kitchenette and a variety of complimentary snacks and beverages.

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