Munich Airport and SOF Connect consortium take over operation of Sofia Airport

Over the length of the concession, Munich Airport and SOF Connect will look to transform Sofia Airport into a competitive European airport.

SOF Connect and Munich Airport take over operation of Sofia Airport

Credit: Sofia International Airport

As of 19 April 2021, Munich Airport and the consortium known as SOF Connect – which consists of the French investor Meridiam and the Austrian developer Strabag – have taken over the full responsibilities and business activities related to the operation of Bulgaria’s capital airport, Sofia International Airport (SOF).

SOF Connect is committed to investing at least €624 million over the life of the concession and intends to build a brand new Terminal 3 for the airport within the first 10 years of the concession.

“Our mission is to transform Sofia Airport into a top modern and competitive European airport and to make Sofia Airport an engine and impetus for social, economic, environmental and inclusive growth for Sofia, its region and Bulgaria”, said Dr. Ralf Gaffal, Managing Director of Munich Airport International (MAI).

“We have a clear vision for the commercial development of Sofia Airport. Our team will be introducing best-in-class shopping and dining concepts and is excited to work with local partners to bring the best of Bulgaria and downtown Sofia to the airport”, added Marcus Spahn, Chief Commercial Officer SOF Connect, who joins the SOF Connect management team on behalf of Munich Airport.

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