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Nearly 40 Aircraft Land at Balchik Airport to Celebrate Bulgaria’s, Romania’s Accession to Schengen by Air

Nearly 40 small air planes landed at Balchik Airprt on Saturday. In this way, Romanian and Bulgarian pilots of small aircraft officially celebrated the entry of the two countries into the Schengen area by air. The event, titled Schengen Check, will be repeated on 27 April, when it will be hosted by Romania’s Tuzla Airport.
The pilots and guests of the initiative were greeted by Ivan Dimitriev, CEO of Sofia Airport, which has managed the seaside airport since 2016. Among the guests was also the CEO of Albena AD Krasimir Stanev.
Ianko Stoimenov, member of the Board of the Bulgarian Pilots and Aircraft Owners Association, pointed out that a common dream of Bulgarian and Romanian pilots is coming true- to fly freely, without borders in Europe. According to him, this is just the beginning and the benefits of the two countries’ accession to Schengen are yet to be felt. The President of the Romanian pilots’ organisation Andrei Zincenco added that finally Bulgarians and Romanians can feel like worthy residents of the European space, recalling that the two countries are yet to be accepted by land.