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This page provides links to all currently operating international, regional, domestic, passenger and cargo airlines registered in Bulgaria. Click on Airline Name for contact, fleet, route and accident data.


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Airlines in Bulgaria
Airline Main Base
IATA code
ICAO code
IATA Prefix
Start of ops.
Air Via Sofia (SOF)
VL
VIM
699
1990
AirGo Airlines Bulgaria Athens (ATH)
-
AGE
-
2017
ALK Airlines Varna (VAR)
8H
VBB
-
2012
Aviostart Sofia (SOF)
-
JGH
-
1999
Balkanian Airways Plovdiv (PDV)
-
-
-
2013
BH Air Varna (VAR)
-
BGH
-
2002
Bright Flight Plovdiv (PDV)
-
RBI
-
2014
BulAir Sofia (SOF)
-
BVL
-
2016
Bulgaria Air Sofia (SOF)
FB
LZB
623
2002
Bulgarian Air Charter Sofia (SOF)
1T
BUC
-
2000
Cargo Air Sofia (SOF)
-
CGF
-
2007
Rose Air Sofia (SOF)
-
REM
-
2015

Recently defunct airlines in Bulgaria
Airline Fate
IATA code
ICAO code
Start of ops.
End of ops.
Air Bright Formed 28/3/06 as a successor to Bright Aviation Services; started its own ops 2011 but AOC cancelled in 2015
-
RBI
2006
2015
Air Max -
-
RMX
1996
2007
Air Nove -
-
NHA
1998
2001
Air Scorpio -
-
SPN
1990
2007
Air Sofia Restricted to non-EU ops in 1/07; AOC revoked 20/6/07
CT
SFB
1992
2007
Balkan Ceased ops and liquidated 10/02 with ops resumed by Balkan Air Tour
LZ
LAZ
1968
2002
Balkan Air Tour Designated national flag carrier 11/02, starting ops 4/12/02. 76% privatized 2003 & renamed 1/4/03
-
LZB
2002
2003
BF Cargo -
FN
BFB
1993
2001
Bright Aviation Services Restricted to non-EU ops 1/07; AOC revoked 20/6/07
-
BRW
2001
2007
Dandy Airlines -
ZD
DDD
2002
2004
Hemus Air Merged with Bulgaria Air
DU
HMS
1991
2010
Inter Trans Air -
-
ITT
1996
2001
Lucky Air -
DN
BLF
1990
2000
Mithras Air -
-
-
2007
2008
Rila Airlines -
-
RAB
1999
2003
Scorpion Air Restricted to non-EU ops 1/07; AOC revoked 20/6/07
-
SPN
1990
2007
Solis Aviation Became a chartering company in 2001
-
-
2001
2001
Vega Airlines Restricted to non-EU ops 1/07 & AOC revoked 20/6/07. Restarted 1/11/07 as Cargo Air
-
VEA
1997
2007
Viaggio Air Partnered with Hemus Air 12/04; merged mid-2007 with Bulgaria Air and Hemus Air
VM
VOA
2002
2007
Vivant Air -
-
VVI
2002
2009
Wizz Air Bulgaria Suspended operations and AOC released on 1/4/11
8Z
WVL
2005
2011

Airline hull loss accidents in Bulgaria
Date
Airline Aircraft type Reg. Location Fatal
Cat.
11-Apr-06 Kapoly Air Antonov 2R LZ-1178 near Kozlovets 2 crashed
18-Apr-02 Bulair Antonov 2R LZ-1147 Kostandenetz 0 crashed
03-Apr-02 Bulair Antonov 2R LZ-1113 Tervel 0 crashed
28-Jul-92 Balkan Bulgarian Antonov 24B LZ-ANN Sofia Airpor... 0 destroyed
05-Jun-92 Balkan Bulgarian Tupolev 154B LZ-BTD Varna Airpor... 0 crashed
02-Aug-88 Hemus Air Yakovlev 40 LZ-DOK Sofia-Vrazhd... 29 crashed
10-Jan-84 Balkan Bulgarian Tupolev 134A LZ-TUR near Sofia-Vrazhd... 50 crashed
16-Mar-78 Balkan Bulgarian Tupolev 134 LZ-TUB Gabare 73 crashed
27-Jul-77 Alpha-Flug Beech 200 Super King Air D-IBAF Bourgas Airp... 6 crashed
22-Nov-75 Balkan Bulgarian Antonov 24B LZ-ANA Sofia-Vrazhd... 3 crashed
04-Nov-72 Balkan Bulgarian Ilyushin 14P LZ-ILA near Cruncha 35 crashed
21-Dec-71 Balkan Bulgarian Ilyushin 18V LZ-BES near Sofia-Vrazhd... 28 crashed
03-Sep-68 Bulair Ilyushin 18E LZ-BEG near Bourgas Airp... 47 crashed
04-Jun-62 Aeroflot / Moscow Tupolev 104B CCCP-42491 near Sofia-Vrazhd... 5 crashed
27-Jul-55 El Al Lockheed L-149 Constellation 4X-AKC near Petrich 58 destroyed
22-Nov-52 TABSO Lisunov Li-2P LZ-TUE near Etropole 30 crashed
20-Oct-41 Deutsche Lufthansa Junkers Ju-52/3m D-AUXZ Gabrene, Pet... 13 crashed
23-Nov-37 LOT Douglas DC-2-115D SP-ASJ Pirin Mountains 6 crashed

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