MAG Airports has entered a bid to operate Sofia Airport in Bulgaria for the next 35 years along with its consortium partner BCEG – the Chinese construction giant.
The competitive concession process was started in July last year by the Bulgarian government. MAG already operates three major airports in the UK at Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands and provides services to six airports in the US.
The airport operator is currently investing over £1.5 billion in its airports in the UK, while BCEG is currently building the new Beijing Daxing International Airport, which will be world’s largest airport once completed.
The Anglo-Chinese consortium’s submission to the government includes significant plans for the redevelopment and reconfiguration of existing terminals at the airport, as well as designs for a brand new third terminal.
MAG chief executive of airport services, Andrew Harrison said: “It is an exciting moment for us, as we truly believe that Sofia Airport has enormous potential to deliver further connectivity for Sofia.
“This in turn will help stimulate additional economic growth and tourism throughout Bulgaria.”