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Published on : Feb 25, 2014

Various airports in Bulgaria set a record number in the year 2013 handing almost 7M international flight passengers. The growth number was increased by 4% growth as compared to its previous year. 

However, according to the Bulgarian Airline Association’s head Svetoslav Stanulov, the airlines industry still has many lingering problems that need solving at its earliest. 

According to the statistics, in the year 2013, the Bulgarian airlines handled more than two million passengers with a near annual increase of 6%, whereas, other foreign airlines were mostly a preferable choice by nearly five million passengers that witnessed an increase of over 3% compared to the 2012 statistical figures.   

Nonetheless, the visa rules in Bulgaria vary as stringent. Bulgaria’s airline industry claims on recognizing the single entry Schengen visa because most of the times the single entry visa rules violate the regulations, and hence the airlines have been fined over BGN 400,000. 

There is another problem about this industry and that is by the year 2017 there may come a shortage of pilots because the pilot training is very expensive.