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Low-cost carriers

The recent boom of low-cost carriers across Southeast Europe (SEE), particularly in Romania and Bulgaria, has created a new market which complements legacy airlines. Rising low-cost passenger numbers, especially in Romania and Bulgaria, are closely linked to the double-digit growth of international tourists to both countries in 2016. According to Bulgarian finance ministry data, more than 56% of foreign tourists who visited the country last year arrived by low-cost flights.