Bulgarian airport concessionaire Fraport Twin Star Airport Management, majority owned by Fraport, has opened the BGN75m ($51m) passenger terminal at Varna Airport (VAR) in Bulgaria.
The new terminal is set to begin passenger services from 27 August 2013, serving as a gateway to Bulgaria's Black Sea tourist region, after shifting the operation from the old terminal.
Fraport CFO Dr. Matthias Zieschang said that the new terminal at Varna will help enhance Bulgaria's competitiveness in the global tourism market.
"We are very committed to being a part of the Bulgarian tourism master plan and are already contributing to this with excellent services and infrastructure at competitive prices to serve the beginning and end-points of the travel chain," Zieschang said.
Offering a 20,000m² of space for passenger services, the new facility is claimed to be approximately three times bigger than the old terminal.
Features of the new terminal include the latest baggage handling systems, passenger control channels, shops and restaurants, and a large external courtyard, while the terminal's interior design is based on Bulgarian architecture and nature.
In addition to the construction of new terminal and related infrastructure, the Bulgarian airport concessionaire also installed water and power supply systems, together with facilities for rainwater collection, new apron lighting and a larger apron area.
Last year the company had carried out renovation of the runway.
In 2012, Varna Airport served 1.2 million passengers.
Together with Varna Airport, Fraport Twin Star also controls Burgas Airport (BOJ) located farther south on the Black Sea coast.
Image: The new terminal at Varna Airport will start passenger services from 27 August 2013. Photo: Courtesy of Fraport AG.