Sofia Airport reported here Thursday that there were 27% more charter flights in May compared to the same month of the pre-pandemic 2019.
The increase in passengers carried with such flights is over 17%.
Despite the strong charter month, the figures are not so positive in other aspects, the Bulgarian capital's airport announced. Total passenger traffic is down nearly 14% compared to May 2019 with 549,773 passengers served.
A drop of almost 15% was also observed on domestic and international scheduled routes. A total of 19,932 passengers flew to the coastal cities of Varna and Burgas during the period, while 500,506 passengers traveled on international flights.
There were also 10% fewer aircraft movements, which added up to 4,912 in the past month, compared to 5,450 in May of 2019.
The volume of cargo and mail handled during the period was almost at pre-pandemic levels at 1,879 tonnes, which is only a 2% less compared to May of 2019.
The effects of Covid-19, although decreasing in severity, are still having an impact on air traffic. Bulgaria's proximity to Ukraine and fuel prices are also factors negatively impacting passenger numbers, while the approaching summer season gives cause for moderate optimism, the Airport said.