The Bulgarian Airlines Association was established at the beginning of 2002 to express the interests of most of the airline carriers in the country. The founders of BAA are major Bulgarian air companies performing approximately 80 % of the totality of the airline carriages of the country. The Association is a loyal partner of all state institutions in their efforts to promote the development of the Bulgarian civil aviation.

The active collaboration of our experts has been resorted to in the elaboration of the legal and sub delegated legal basis in our country, as well as in the incorporation of most of the EU acquis before and after the accession of Bulgaria to the Union.

As a nationally represented employer’s organization – member of the Bulgarian Union of Private Bulgarian Entrepreneurs ‘Vazrazhdane’, we work in collaboration with the Bulgarian Industrial Association, with the Ministry of Transport in the Social Partnership Sector Council and in other consultative bodies. We are also represented in the National Council on Tourism.

With regard to the application of Directive 2008/101/EC of 19 November 2008 to amend Directive 2003/87/EC the Association has taken part in a joint committee on the elaboration of the normative basis in Bulgaria to apply the Directive.

The Association participates on the principle of rotation in the National Council on Tourism chaired by the Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism.

The major goal of the Association, as envisaged in its statute, is to contribute to the improvement of the safety of flights and the effectiveness of aviation activities, to the promotion and broadening of positions and to the protection of the interests of the Bulgarian air companies, as well as of the public and state interests relating to their activity.