Touching down at Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport, passengers were warmly welcomed by an official reception organized by Bulgaria's diplomatic mission in Romania
Touching down at Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport, passengers were warmly welcomed by an official reception organized by Bulgaria's diplomatic mission in Romania

Sofia, Bulgaria – In a historic moment for both nations, the inaugural flight between Bulgaria and Romania soared into the skies from Sofia, marking a significant milestone in their journey towards enhanced connectivity and cooperation. 

With the Schengen accession now in effect, passengers embarked on this flight without the cumbersome border control procedures that have long been a hurdle to seamless travel between the two neighbouring countries.

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The unanimous decision of the EU Council, ratified at the close of the previous year and enacted on March 31, has brought about a transformative change in travel logistics for passengers between Bulgaria and Romania. 

No longer constrained by lengthy waiting times and bureaucratic hurdles, travellers can now experience a smoother journey, with waiting times reduced by almost 30 minutes.

Touching down at Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport, passengers were warmly welcomed by an official reception organized by Bulgaria’s diplomatic mission in Romania. 

Leading the delegation was His Excellency Radko Vlaikov, the esteemed ambassador dedicated to fostering bilateral relations between the neighbouring nations. The atmosphere was one of celebration and optimism as both countries embraced this new era of connectivity.

For decades, travellers traversing between Bulgaria and Romania have faced the arduous task of navigating through bureaucratic hurdles and enduring time-consuming border checks. 

However, with their entry into the Schengen area, these impediments have become relics of the past. The seamless integration into the Schengen zone not only streamlines travel logistics but also paves the way for enhanced cooperation and mobility between Bulgaria and Romania.

The significance of this moment cannot be overstated. Beyond the convenience for travellers, the removal of border controls signifies a deepening of ties between Bulgaria and Romania, both economically and culturally. 

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Businesses will benefit from increased ease of movement, facilitating trade and investment between the two nations. Moreover, the cultural exchange between Bulgarian and Romanian citizens will flourish, fostering greater understanding and solidarity among the people of these neighbouring countries.

As the inaugural flight between Bulgaria and Romania lands successfully, it symbolizes the beginning of a new chapter in their shared history. 

With the Schengen accession now a reality, the future holds boundless opportunities for both nations to strengthen their ties and reap the benefits of enhanced connectivity. 

As passengers disembark from the flight, they do so with a sense of optimism, knowing that they are pioneers in this new era of cooperation and mobility between Bulgaria and Romania.

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