The Municipality of Gorna Oryahovitsa gave a “green light” for the modernization of the Gorna Oryahovitsa airport and the installation of a modern navigation system. The construction permits from the Municipality have already been issued for the implementation of the Air Traffic Management (ATM) project, the Mayor Eng. Dobromir Dobrev said.
The repair of the Gorna Oryahovitsa airport near Veliko Tarnovo is expected to begin in September. The renovation of the smallest international airport in Bulgaria was due to start in the summer, but because of the elaboration of a detailed DDP, the many co-owners of the parcels in the area and the expropriation procedures, the repair was delayed, explained the administration.
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The runway at Gorna Oryahovitsa Airport is to be extended enabling flights by larger planes, it was announced yesterday by GO Mayor Dobromir Dobrev. The concessioner also wants the Municipality to establish an easement of 6000 sqm pasture lands. The request is to be discussed at the next meeting of the Municipality Council. The current length of the runway is 2450 m. Geological probes are presently underway and after their completion the exact extension of the airstrip will become known.
The Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications has secured additional 2.05 million leva for the airports in Plovdiv and Gorna Oryahovitsa. These funds will be used to pay off the debts which the state has accumulated towards both airports for the funding of activities such as ensuring the safety and security of flights and for the maintenance and development of the airports.
Meanwhile Gorna Oryahovitsa airport is awaiting its new owner. According to experts there is a bonus the concessioner is to receive – an on-ramp from the airport to the future Hemus Highway that is to pass nearby. Only the opinion of the Commission for Protection of Competition is awaited before the new owner takes possession of the airport.
The Procedure for granting the Gorna Oryahovitsa Airport concession has officially started, it was announced by the Government Press Service. On July, 29th the Cabinet adopted a decision to launch the procedure for granting a public service concession for the operation and management of Gorna Oryahovitsa Civil Airport.
The main goal will be to attract a financially stable private investor to contribute to the development of the operations of the airport, ensure airport traffic and improve the airport’s commercial activities, was also said in the Government press release.
With the right investment in runways, buildings and equipment the airport is sure to bring the attention of many low cost and cargo airlines.