Big Fly-in and Fly-out at Sofia! @ LBSF - 111700ZAPR20

Fly-in and Fly-out Event in Sofia

Welcome to the big fly-in and fly-out event based in Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital. Since Infinite Flight is popular all around the Balkans, it’s about time the Balkans get popular around the world. Sofia is a good place to start with.

Why Sofia?

Sofia is my home airport and I would really like to have a big event at it. It is situated in a lowland surrounded by mountains, allowing for some breathtaking views when taking off or landing. When departing to the west or north, you can see the city of Sofia, as well as the Vitosha mountain south of the airport. More details about the airport can be found below.


Event Details:

Server: Expert

Airport: LBSF

Time: 2020-04-11T16:00:00Z

The event is going to start at 1800Z, but if a lot of people come, the airport will not be able to accommodate all the planes at once, since some airlines have the same gates as other airlines. This will lead to arranging different departure times if more than one aircraft want to take a gate.


The Airport

A little more information about Sofia Airport. It is situated east of the capital of Bulgaria. It has quite a few airlines flying to and from it, but unfortunately, not all of these have been added to Infinite Flight. The airport is not that big, it has only one runway, but it is a nice airport to fly to and from. It is the 3rd busiest airport in the Balkans (According to Wikipedia, Bucharest and Istanbul are not part of the list), following Heraklion. It has had just above 7 million passengers in 2019. Sofia’s airport also welcomes general aviation, military, and cargo aircraft.

Some quick facts about Sofia Airport:

  • The biggest aircraft that lands there is the Boeing 777-200ER. It flies once weekly from and to Tel Aviv with El Al

  • The busiest route is Sofia to Vienna (LBSF-LOWW). There are 31 flights per week, but some of them are with airlines which have not yet been added to Infinite Flight.

  • The airline with the most destinations is Wizzair. They fly to 35 destinations, but only 29 destinations are listed below, that is all I could find in Flightradar. The remaining 6 destinations are served in other seasons.

  • The furthest direct flight from Sofia is to Dubai. It is being served by Wizzair and FlyDubai.

  • Believe it or not, the biggest Lufthansa Technik in Europe is at Sofia Airport.

Some pictures of the airport:

Sofia Airport
Sofia Airport 3
Sofia Airport 2


The Airlines

Airlines flying in and out of this airport can be seen in the list below, as well as the routes of each, the aircraft used and the flight numbers (preferred callsign). Do note that only existing in IF airlines will be added. Airlines like Bulgaria Air or Air Serbia will unfortunately not be added in the list.

As this is both a fly-in and a fly-out, I will put DEP in front the flight number for the flight out of Sofia and ARR in front of the flight number for the flight to Sofia.

El Al
  • Destination: Tel Aviv LLBG
    Aircraft: B738 or B772
    Flight Numbers: DEP: LY 552; ARR: LY 551
Wizzair
  • Destination: Luqa LMML
    Aircraft: Airbus A320
    Flight Numbers: DEP: W6 4365; ARR: W6 4366

  • Destination: Valencia LEVC
    Aircraft: Airbus A321
    Flight Numbers: DEP: W6 4409; ARR: W6 4410

  • Destination: Catania LICC
    Aircraft: Airbus A321
    Flight Numbers: DEP: W6 4375; ARR: W6 4376

  • Destination: Milan LIME
    Aircraft: Airbus A321
    Flight Numbers: DEP: W6 4351; ARR: W6 4352

  • Destination: Dortmund EDLW
    Aircraft: Airbus A320
    Flight Numbers: DEP: W6 4331; ARR: W6 4332

  • Destination: Brussels South Charleroi EBCI
    Aircraft: Airbus A321
    Flight Numbers: DEP: W6 4327; ARR: W6 4328

  • Destination: Tel Aviv LLBG
    Aircraft: Airbus A320
    Flight Numbers: DEP: W6 4427; ARR: W6 4428

  • Destination: London Luton EGGW
    Aircraft: Airbus A320, Airbus A321
    Flight Numbers: DEP: W6 4301, W6 4303, W6 4305; ARR: W6 4302, W6 4304, W6 4305

  • Destination: Bari LIBD
    Aircraft: Airbus A320
    Flight Numbers: DEP: W6 4361; ARR: W6 4362

  • Destination: Frankfurt EDDF
    Aircraft: Airbus A321
    Flight Numbers: DEP: W6 4329; ARR: W6 4330

  • Destination: Paris Beauvais LFOB
    Aircraft: Airbus A321
    Flight Numbers: DEP: W6 4321; ARR: W6 4322

  • Destination: Eindhoven EHEH
    Aircraft: Airbus A320
    Flight Numbers: DEP: W6 4325; ARR: W6 4326

  • Destination: Copenhagen EKCH
    Aircraft: Airbus A320
    Flight Numbers: DEP: W6 4377; ARR: W6 4378

  • Destination: Bratislava LZIB
    Aircraft: Airbus A321
    Flight Numbers: DEP: W6 4341; ARR: W6 4342

  • Destination: Madrid LEMD
    Aircraft: Airbus A320
    Flight Numbers: DEP: W6 4401; ARR: W6 4402

  • Destination: Barcelona LEBL
    Aircraft: Airbus A321
    Flight Numbers: DEP: W6 4405; ARR: W6 4406

  • Destination: Malaga LEMG
    Aircraft: Airbus A321
    Flight Numbers: DEP: W6 4411; ARR: W6 4412

  • Destination: Dubai OMDW
    Aircraft: Airbus A321
    Flight Numbers: DEP: W6 4429; ARR: W6 4430

  • Destination: Memmingen EDJA
    Aircraft: Airbus A321
    Flight Number: DEP: W6 4339; ARR: W6 4340

  • Destination: Budapest LHBP
    Aircraft: Airbus A320
    Flight Numbers: DEP: W6 2471; ARR: W6 2472

  • Destination: Eilat LLET
    Aircraft: Airbus A320
    Flight Number: DEP: W6 4435; ARR: W6 4436

  • Destination: Nice LFMN
    Aircraft: Airbus A321
    Flight Numbers: DEP: W6 4415; ARR: W6 4416

  • Destination: Nurnberg EDDN
    Aircraft: Airbus A320
    Flight Numbers: DEP: W6 4343; ARR: W6 4344

  • Destination: Bologna LIPE
    Aircraft: Airbus A320
    Flight Numbers: DEP: W6 4363; ARR: W6 4364

  • Destination: Naples LIRN
    Aircraft: Airbus A320
    Flight Numbers: DEP: W6 4369; ARR: W6 4370

  • Destination: Larnaca LCLK
    Aircraft: Airbus A321
    Flight Number: DEP: W6 4437; ARR: W6 4438

  • Destination: Geneva LSGG
    Aircraft: Airbus A320
    Flight Numbers: DEP: W6 4319; ARR: W6 4320

EasyJet
  • Destination: Bristol EGGD
    Aircraft: Airbus A320
    Flight Numbers: DEP: U2 6282; ARR: U2 6281

  • Destination: London Gatwick EGKK
    Aircraft: Airbus A320, Airbus A319
    Flight Numbers: DEP: U2 8974, U2 8978; ARR: U2 8973, U2 8977

  • Destination: London Southend EGMC
    Aircraft: Airbus A320
    Flight Numbers: DEP: U2 7352; ARR: U2 7351

  • Destination: Manchester EGCC
    Aircraft: Airbus A320
    Flight Numbers: DEP: U2 1932; ARR: U2 1931

  • Destination: Edinburgh EGPH
    Aircraft: Airbus A319
    Flight Numbers: DEP: U2 6986; ARR: U2 6987

Ryanair
  • Destination: Milan LIME
    Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
    Flight Numbers: DEP: FR 6323, FR 8021; ARR: FR 6324, FR 8022

  • Destination: London Stansted EGSS
    Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
    Flight Numbers: DEP: FR 9962, FR 1731, FR 9968, FR 6068; ARR: FR 9961, FR 1730, FR 9967, FR 6069

  • Destination: Treviso LIPH
    Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
    Flight Numbers: DEP: FR 6427; ARR: FR 6428

  • Destination: Madrid LEMD
    Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
    Flight Numbers: DEP: FR 6409; ARR: FR 6410

  • Destination: Berlin Schoenefeld EDDB
    Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
    Flight Numbers: DEP: FR 1595; ARR: FR 1594

  • Destination: Paris Beauvais LFOB
    Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
    Flight Numbers: DEP: FR 6793; ARR: FR 6794

  • Destination: Brussels South Charleroi EBCI
    Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
    Flight Numbers: DEP: FR 6351; ARR: FR 6352

  • Destination: Athens LGAV
    Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
    Flight Numbers: DEP: FR 6300; ARR: FR 6301

  • Destination: Liverpool EGGP
    Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
    Flight Number: DEP: FR 6337; ARR: FR 6338

  • Destination: Dublin EIDW
    Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
    Flight Number: DEP: FR 6015; ARR: FR 6016

  • Destination: Vienna LOWW
    Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
    Flight Number: DEP: OE 183; ARR: OE 184

  • Destination: Eindhoven EHEH
    Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
    Flight Number: DEP: FR 6013; ARR: FR 6014

  • Destination: East Midlands EGNX
    Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
    Flight Number: DEP: FR 1297; ARR: FR 1298

  • Destination: Bristol EGGD
    Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
    Flight Number: DEP: FR 6059; ARR: FR 6060

  • Destination: Birmingham EGBB
    Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
    Flight Number: DEP: FR 6335; ARR: FR 6336

  • Destination: Hamburg EDDH
    Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
    Flight Number: DEP: FR 6405; ARR: FR 6406

  • Destination: Barcelona LEBL
    Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
    Flight Number: DEP: FR 6329; ARR: FR 6330

  • Destination: Tel Aviv LLBG
    Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
    Flight Number: DEP: FR 2825; ARR: FR 2826

  • Destination: Rome Ciampino LIRA
    Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
    Flight Number: DEP: FR 6308; ARR FR 6309

  • Destination: Marseille LFML
    Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
    Flight Number: DEP: FR 1851; ARR: FR 1850

  • Destination: Karlsruhe/Baden - Baden EDSB
    Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
    Flight Number: DEP: FR 6117; ARR: FR 6118

  • Destination: Aqaba OJAQ
    Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
    Flight Number: DEP: FR 1896; ARR: FR 1897

  • Destination: Kyiv UKKK
    Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
    Flight Number: DEP: FR 9233; ARR: FR 9234

  • Destination: Cologne EDDK
    Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
    Flight Number: DEP: FR 6303; ARR: FR 6304

Turkish Airlines
  • Destination: Istanbul LTFM
    Aircraft: Airbus A321, Boeing 737-900
    Flight Number: DEP: TK 1028, TK 1030, TK 1032; ARR: TK 1027, TK 1029, TK 1031
British Airways
  • Destination: London Heathrow EGLL
    Aircraft: Airbus A320
    Flight Number: DEP: BA 893, BA 891; ARR: BA 890, BA 892
Transavia
  • Destination: Amsterdam EHAM
    Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
    Flight Number: DEP: HV 5740; ARR: HV 5739
Lufthansa
  • Destination: Frankfurt EDDF
    Aircraft: Airbus A320
    Flight Number: DEP: LH 1427, LH 1429; ARR: LH 1426, LH 1428

  • Destination: Munich EDDM
    Aircraft: Airbus A320
    Flight Number: DEP: LH 1703, LH 1707; ARR: LH 1702, LH 1706

Aeroflot
  • Destination: Moscow Sheremtyevo UUEE
    Aircraft: Airbus A320
    Flight Number: DEP: SU 2061; ARR: SU 2060
Eurowings
  • Destination: Dusseldorf EDDL
    Aircraft: Airbus A319
    Flight Numbers: DEP: EW 9913; ARR: EW 9912

  • Destination: Stuttgart EDDS
    Aircraft: Airbus A320
    Flight Number: DEP: EW 2499; ARR EW 2498

FlyDubai
  • Destination: Dubai OMDB
    Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
    Flight Number: DEP: FZ 1758; ARR: FR 1757
Alitalia
  • Destination: Rome Fiumicino LIRF
    Aircraft: Airbus A321
    Flight Number: DEP: AZ 521; ARR: AZ 520
Aegean
  • Destination: Athens LGAV
    Aircraft: Airbus A320
    Flight Numbers: DEP: A3 983, A3 981; ARR: A3 982, A3 980
Austrian
  • Destination: Vienna LOWW
    Aircraft: Airbus A321
    Flight Numbers: DEP: OS 794, OS 798, OS 806, OS 800; ARR: OS 795, OS 797, OS 799, OS 807
LOT Polish Airlines
  • Destination: Warsaw Chopen EPWA
    Aircraft: Embraer E175
    Flight Numbers: DEP: LO 632, LO 634; ARR: LO 631, LO 633
Qatar
  • Destination: Doha OTHH
    Aircraft: Airbus A321
    Flight Number: DEP: QR 226, QR 228; ARR: QR 225, QR 227

There are some more airlines, like Jet2, Norwegian Air UK and DHL, which do operate at Sofia Airport, but their flight are not regularly scheduled, so it was unfortunately not possible for me to get the flight numbers or these. However, they are welcome, of course.


Apron and Gates

Below, you will find two charts and six images from IF of the gates and a list of airlines that use each gate.

Charts

IF Images

Whole Airport


General Aviation Apron

Cargo & Long-Term Parking Apron
IMG_20200313_002330
Remote Stands 17-28

Remote Stands 12-16; Lufthansa Technik Apron (GA 12A-16A Remote 11); Gate 10

Gates 1-9

Military Apron

Airlines

El Al
  • Gates used: 1-10
Qatar
  • Gates used: 1-10
Alitalia
  • Gates used: 1-10
Turkish Airlines
  • Gates used: 1-10
British Airways
  • Gates used: 1-10
Aegean
  • Gates used: 1-10
Lufthansa
  • Gates used: 1-10
Aeroflot
  • Gates used: 1-10
Alitalia
  • Gates used: 1-10
Austrian
  • Gates used: 1-10
LOT Polish Airlines
  • Gates used: 1-10
Lufthansa
  • Gates used: 1-10
EasyJet
  • Remote 17-23
Wizzair
  • Remote 20-28
Ryanair
  • Remote 12-16
Transavia
  • Remote 12-16
Eurowings
  • Remote 12-16
FlyDubai
  • Remote 12-16
General Aviation
  • Remote 35-44
Cargo Aircraft
  • Remote 29-34A

Gates 12A-16A are not going to be used, as they are used for parking at Lufthansa Technik

Gates 29-34A are used for cargo aircraft, as well as long-term parking of aircraft which will not be used in the near future, or at all.


Fly-out sign up

Please notify me of your destination, the aircraft you will be taking (if more than one aircraft operates the route you’ve chosen), the flight number, and if the gate you have chosen is reserved, the desired departure time. Any message after the sign up letter is more than welcome.

Here is an example of a sign up letter:

Hello! I’d like to take the Wizzair A320 to Eindhoven EHEH, flight number is W6 4325. I would like to reserve Remote 23.

Here is a template you can copy and edit the details. You can use your own, this is just an example.

I would like to take the Airline Aircraft to Destination, flight number Flight number of the route. If more than one flight number, choose one and write it. I would like to reserve Gate/Remote Number. Any additional message can be put here.


Fly-in sign up

Please notify me of the aircraft you’d like to fly, the origin airport, the flight number, the gate you would like to reserve and the estimated arrival time (In Zulu).

Here is an example of a fly-in sign up letter:

Hello! I will be flying the Wizzair Airbus A320 from Eindhoven EHEH, flight number W6 4326. I’d like to reserve Remote 25. My estimated arrival time is 1830Z.

Here is a template you can copy and edit the details. Again, you can use your own, this is just an example.

I will be flying the Airline Aircraft from Origin, flight number is Flight number. If there are more than one flight numbers, choose one and write it.. I’d like to reserve Gate/Remote Number. My estimated arrival time is ETA Z. Any additional message can be put here.


Departures Table:

Here, you will find a table of the departing flights.

Gate Aircraft Destination Departure time Flight Number Pilot
1
2 Aegean Airbus A320 Athens LGAV 1700Z A3 981 @AviatorNikola
3
4
5 Lufthansa Airbus A320 Munich EDDM 1715Z LH1707 @Pingu
6
7
8
9
10 Lufthansa Airbus A320 Frankfurt EDDF 1700Z LH 1427 @Jerseyant
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
35
36 C172 Varna LBWN 1700Z - @Alexian61
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44

Arrivals Table:

Here, you will find a table of the arriving flights.

Reserved Gate Aircraft Origin Estimated Arrival Time Flight Number Pilot
Gate 10 Qatar Airbus A321 Hamad Intl OTHH 1630Z QR 225 @BravoCharlie
Gate 5 Lufthansa Airbus A320 Munich EDDM 1645Z LH 1706 @Pingu
Gate 3 Qatar Airbus A321 Hamad Intl OTHH 1730Z QR 225 @KailasSrinivasan
Gate 2 Air France Airbus A320 Paris Charles de Gaulle LFPG 1700Z AFR88KY @NeperQiell

I’m sorry for the long article. I really hope you will be able to join the event, we are going to have a lot of fun!
See you in Sofia!

If I did happen to forget something, or I made a mistake, please do notify me

As requested by @Planeboi19, I am posting a time zone map: https://www.timeanddate.com/time/map/

Disclaimer: This is NOT in ANY way an advertisement of the website above. I ONLY posted a helpful tool requested by a community member.

Wish I could come, but I don’t have a subscription. Hope you’ll get many attendants soon! Seems like a great one, we need more Balkan events!

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Hello, I would like a GA gate with a C172 to Varna (LBWN).

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Well thought out event. I’m take Lufthansa A320 #1427 to EDDF Please.
Gate 10?

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Which gate would you like?

I signed you up, thank you for joining! It is much appreciated!

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Thank you. Looking forward to it.

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Could you post a ZULU to UTC chart please I am terrible at conversions and I dont want to screw up the times.

Of course! I will need a minute to find one and add it

I added something close to what you requested.

@Jerseyant, @Alexian61 Guys, do you want to use Discord as our means of communication, so we don’t spam the topic?

I don’t have Discord mate. You could set up a PM and add us all into that?

Of course!

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Sign me up for the Qatar airways flight from Doha please! I will land in Sofia and then do another overnighter according to the Schedule!

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Alright! Which gate would you like?

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I will be taking Gate 10 please. Trying to be as realistic as possible :) That’s where QR typically parks.

Howdy! I think I’m going to be flying the Lufthansa Airbus A320 from Munich [EDDM]. My flight number will probably be LH1706. I’d like to reserve gate 05. Estimated arrival time is 1645Z, so I can wait a bit and refuel before heading back to Munich. On the departure leg, I will use the same aircraft and gate, but my callsign will be LH1707. Sounds like a great event, I can’t wait!

Also I’ll be using this chart when arriving!

Alright. To sum, you’re going to be flying in and then departing back, did I get it right? And if you are flying in, do you have an estimated arrival time? I will need to arrange the departure times as there is another person taking Gate 10 from 1800Z.

Also, it’s nice you will be flying the published arrival route. I’d recommend preparing the charts for both 09 and 27, as I don’t know what winds will be like :)

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I’ll be arriving at about 1630Z. And no, I won’t be flying back. What I meant was when I land I’ll be doing an overnighter :)