Sofia Airport has experienced rapid growth over the past two decades. In 2009 the new Terminal 2 was opened allowing peak traffic of 2 000 passengers per hour. Constructed to support the anticipated growth of the airport up to 2020, Terminal 2 reached its peak capacity already in 2014.
The Airport is the only commercial airport serving the capital city of Sofia. More than 5 million people used the airport in 2016, catering both to the buoyant domestic market as well as the rapidly expanding number of international travelers.
Sofia is the largest city in Bulgaria with a population of approximately 1.4 million. The city has the 4th highest number of automobiles per capita in the European Union at 546.4 vehicles per 1,000 people putting a large strain on parking in general.
The immediate surrounding area of Sofia Airport is also undergoing rapid change. The current general master plans for Sofia calls for the development of business and commercial hubs, some such as SkyCity and Sofia Airport Center which have already been completed.
Sofia Airport is currently developing the next master plan, outlining the development over the next 15 years. One of the main elements is to transform and expand the old terminal area expanding capacity to over 8 million passengers per year.