Bulgaria gets green light from EU to subsidise charter flights - tourism min

Bulgaria gets green light from EU to subsidise charter flights - tourism min

The European Commission has approved Bulgaria's plans to subsidise charter flights to the country in a bid to support its tourism sector, the tourism ministry said on Monday. Bulgaria will provide subsidies of 35 euro ($41.1) per seat for flights with a capacity of at least 100 seats by the end of the year, as foreign travel agents can also benefit from the financial aid, the tourism ministry said in a statement. Last month, the tourism ministry said that it expects a decline by over 50% in tourism revenue this year under its most pessimistic scenario, but if all planned summer charter flights, mostly from the UK and Russia to the coastal airports in Varna and Burgas, take place, the drop could be 30% - 40%.


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