Plovdiv Airport is located 12 km east of the city and serves passenger traffic from the South Central region

 

The beginning of aviation under the hills was set in the distant 1928, when the first test flight Sofia-Plovdiv-Yambol-Burgas was performed. On August 18, 1932, the city's airport was officially opened, located on 80 hectares to the left of the road to Asenovgrad.

Then, in 1947, temporary civil flights between Sofia and Plovdiv began, related to the sample fair. According to the press, over 1,500 passengers were transported in 45 days, and Plovdiv Airport served an average of 25 planes a day.

The flights on the already regular line Sofia-Plovdiv-Burgas-Varna and back started in May of the following year. Plovdiv airport, as well as a ticket office, was also opened in the building of the former Fifth Air Regiment. The first flights were operated by TABSO, Yu-2 aircraft, and then by LI-2.

On May 2, 1962, the airport moved to the area of the village of Graf Ignatievo, and a year later in the Otechestven Glas regional newspaper an article was published entitled: THE TRACK OF PLOVDIV AIRPORT IS COMPLETED. The same article reported on the expansion of the charter flights of the Bulgarian airline BALKAN to Berlin, Moscow, Prague, Vienna with IL-18, TU-104 and TU-114 aircraft.

On September 13, 1965 the new reception building was completed, and next year the aircraft parking lot was expanded to meet the needs of the winter charter program.

During these first years at its new location, Plovdiv Airport served the regular domestic passenger lines to Burgas, Varna, Targovishte, Ruse, Gorna Oryahovitsa and Sofia, mainly by IL-14 aircraft. The airport has been declared a national champion several times.

In the 1970s, the cargo flights of Aeroflot, which transported greenhouse products with IL-18, AN-12 and TU-154 aircraft, received a very powerful development, and in 1972 alone more than 5,000 tons were transported. On April 18, 1978, the IL-76, which could carry 40 tons of payload, landed for the first time.

Domestic scheduled flights were discontinued in 1980, but winter charters continue to increase. This led to the new relocation of Plovdiv Airport - in the area of the village of Krumovo, between Plovdiv and Asenovgrad. A reception building, a technical block, a power building, an Air Traffic Management building, as well as a Flight Management Tower were built.

On December 18, 1982, the first TU-134 aircraft with a charter flight from Amsterdam landed, which started a new chapter in the history of the Plovdiv Airport.

In 2007, it reached a record 104,130 passengers. During this period there was an increase in charters to Malta, Belfast, London, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Cardiff, Cork and others.

On February 23, 2009 the first sod of a new passenger terminal was made, through which 500 thousand passengers could be served annually. The cost of the construction was BGN 45 million, which includes the construction of four new aircraft stands (there are 12 of them that way), a new taxiway, a parking lot and a treatment plant. The terminal was designed by architect Petko Yovchev.

In August 2009, the new reception building, equipped with 10 check-in counters for handling departing passengers and the extended platform, started operating.

The landing of the Boeing 737-800 from London (Stansted Airport) on November 3, 2010 started the first year-round international passenger flights to and from Plovdiv Airport.

The winter flight schedule for the 2021/2022 season is currently in effect, with Ryanair's twice-weekly flights to London (Stansted) in November. From December, they will triple on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. In the same month, regular flights to Dublin will begin, which will run every Tuesday and Saturday.

The other low-cost company that operates at the airport - Wizz Air, flies three times a week on the same days to London, but to Luton Airport. Its other two destinations are Memmingen - Tuesday and Saturday, and Dortmund - on Wednesdays and Sundays.

A regular bus service from the city to the airport is expected to start, but this is still in the realm of wishes. Therefore, the most convenient way is to catch a taxi from Plovdiv. The course would be in the range of about BGN 15-17, depending on your starting point.