With its investment of EUR 35 million, Lufthansa Technik Sofia (LHT) has completed the expansion of its base at Sofia Airport, making it the largest in Europe. Following the investment, the capacity of the civil aviation repairs and maintenance center includes a new hangar and a new 8-storey building with offices and workshops.
The investment will help the center to boost its production capacity by 60% and to be able to service 8 machines simultaneously. LHT Bulgaria employs 1,100 employees, as this number will exceed 1,300 with the expansion of the base. The total investment since the establishment of the company 10 years ago amounts to 100 million euros on an area of 64,000 square meters.
Lufthansa Technik Sofia
Lufthansa Technik is based in Hamburg, Germany and serves the repair and maintenance of civil airplanes Airbus, Boeing and Embraer of European and U.S. airlines. The base of Sofia Airport was opened in 2008 as a joint venture between Lufthansa Technik AG with majority shareholding and Bulgarian Aviation Group holding nearly 25%. The business in Sofia is focused on detecting and repairing structural defects of airplanes, mainly Airbus. In addition to technical work, the division also offers other services such as full painting of machines, interior work and other auxiliary activities. In Europe, LTH has four other repair divisions – Berlin, Malta, Budapest and Shannon, Ireland.