A great ceremony held on March 25 marked the beginning of the tourist season for Bulgaria’s southern Black Sea coast. The ceremony was held at the airport in the city of Bourgas, minutes before the arrival of the first tourists from Denmark who will spend two weeks in Nessebar, near the Slunchev Bryag resort. The predictions are for Bourgas airport to welcome charter flights mainly from Germany, England, Poland, Israel and the Scandinavian countries. Following the trend in the Bulgarian tourist sector and its rapid development, air carriers are in the race for opening new flight destinations to and from Bourgas. Low-cost carrier Germanwings has announced that it is offering promotional return air fares of 47 to 97 euro (including airport fees) for its new Sofia-Cologne route from March 26. Passengers will be eligible for hotels rates of 29 euro a night in Cologne, Berlin or Dusseldorf. The carrier will launch flights from Berlin to the Black Sea cities Bourgas and Varna from mid-May. Next was Austrian Airlines, who announced promotional fares for its flights from Vienna to Bourgas and Varna if seats are booked 21 days in advance. Among the other air carriers servicing the Black Sea and offering tempting fares are the low-cost Wizz Air and MyAir. For comparison, a one-way British Airways ticket from Sofia to London is 108 euro. BA’s summer offer is the launch of a new morning flight from Sofia to London’s Gatwick. The flight will be serviced every Sunday from the beginning of April with departure scheduled for 6.45am. Last year, BA started five early-hours flights from Varna and Sofia to Gatwick to cope with the heavy summer schedule.