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Sofia Airport Launches New Runway Launch

Date: 02.09.2006

Sofia airport's old runway will close at midnight on Wednesday for reconstruction, while its new track will open just a few hours later.

The first plane to take off the brand new runway three hours after midnight on Thursday will be a Boeing from the fleet of flag carrier Bulgaria Air. It will service a flight from the capital Sofia to the Black Sea city of Varna.

The new runway is 3 600-m-long and suitable even for the largest aircraft. The airport authorities promised that the noise would be reduced since all aircraft, taking off from Sofia, will have to fly by 400-500 m higher. The traffic will be soon diverted and aircraft will no more fly above the heads of the capital's citizens.

The project for reconstruction and renovation of the Sofia Airport is one of the biggest ISPA projects in Bulgaria. With a decree of the Council of Ministers, the Airport is given the status of a strategic location.

Sofia Airport is planned to have a capacity of 2.6 million passengers and 26 000 tons of cargo exchange per year.

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