Ruse Airport (IATA: ROU, ICAO: LBRS) (Bulgarian: Летище Русе, Letishte Ruse), also known as Shtraklevo (Щръклево) after the village located to the north, is a former military airport located about 20 km south of the city of Ruse, Bulgaria.
The airport was established in 1967 as a training site for pilots from the Bulgarian Air Force. The airport was named 11th Air Base “Shtraklevo” and equipped with Aero L-29 Delfin coming from Dolna Mitropoliya Airport. It was used by Balkan Bulgarian Airlines for its domestic flights to Sofia Airport, but with the end of the communist era in Bulgaria, domestic flights weren’t profitable, due to lack of government funding. It served as a training base until 1998, when it ceased military operations and was finally abandoned in 1999.
The government of Bulgaria decided to grant concession of some of its international airports, but the first procedure in late 2007 wasn’t successful, although there was interest from the Swiss investor Ferdinand Prisi and the Bulgarian company Prista Oil. The government decided to make a new bid for the airport of Ruse, the new concourse should take place in the middle of December 2007, but later postponed it to unknown date.
Former airlines and destinations
There are currently no services to and from Ruse Airport. There used to be a scheduled service to Sofia offered by Balkan Bulgarian Airlines.
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