Sofia Airport to Get Rid of Old Terminal, Build New One

Business | October 27, 2012, Saturday // 14:49
Bulgaria: Sofia Airport to Get Rid of Old Terminal, Build New One Sofia Airport's old Terminal 1. Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria's Sofia Airport is to demolish its old Terminal 1, seeking to construct a new terminal on the same location in five years, Sofia Airport CEO Veselin Peykov has announced.

Peykov has told the Bulgarian National Television that constructing a new terminal in the place of the old one would save money.

Noting that Terminal 1 has serviced tens of millions of passengers since it was opened in 1937, Peykov has explained that "times are different now" and a more modern terminal is necessary.

He revealed that the new terminal would have the capacity to service some 5 million passengers per year, or twice as many as the airport's other existing terminal, Terminal 2.

The new terminal is expected to have 16 to 18 passenger boarding bridges and a parking lot consisting of several levels.

The Sofia Airport should be offered on concession, Peykov has also stated.

"We may even consider privatizing the whole airport. Private-owned airports exist in many places in Europe and around the world," the CEO has pointed out.

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