With Bulgaria now a member of the European Union, the increased demand for air travel to and from the country has led Aer Lingus to launch its first Bulgarian route, serving travellers to the Black Sea locations near Bourgas Airport.
Enda Corneille, Aer Lingus corporate affairs director said, "We are delighted to be able to offer our customers another new popular holiday destination which compliments our existing extensive schedule."
When the Irish carrier launches the new route in mid-June, it will not be the only airline accessing the Bulgarian market – with eastern European budget carrier Wizz Air recently announcing new flights from Sofia to Brussels. The new route will allow Wizz Air to expand its Bulgarian services to offer a full eight destinations from the capital city.
Fellow newcomer to the EU Romania has also seen its west European flight links enhanced since entry, with Spanish flag carrier Iberia this week announcing an increase in flight frequency for its popular Madrid-Bucharest line.