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Friday, November 24, 2017

✈Pegasus Airlines is increasing Istanbul-Sarajevo flights


Pegasus Airlines is increasing Istanbul (SAW) - Sarajevo flights from six weekly flights to daily from January 03 to February 14.2018. Frequency increase is coming after Atlas Global Airlines failed to secure enough passengers for year-round flights between Istanbul and Sarajevo and decided to stop winter flights as of today. Atlas Global will resume Istanbul (IST) -Sarajevo flights on March 27th, as summer seasonal. Turkish Airlines also increased its service from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Sarajevo from last year 10 weekly flights to 11 weekly this winter season.

Pegasus Airlines Istanbul (SAW)- Sarajevo flight schedule






Source: Pegasus Airlines

Thursday, November 23, 2017

✈Flydubai additional flights to Sarajevo


Due to increased demand and very good bookings Flydubai will increase its flights from Dubai to Sarajevo for Christmas and New Year’s holidays by adding one more weekly flight from December 21 to January 4 for a total of five weekly frequencies. 

Additional flights will operate on Thursdays with following schedule

FZ8951


Dubai (DXB)-Sarajevo(SJJ)

13:00-16:20

Boeing 737-800

FZ8952


Sarajevo (SJJ)-Dubai (DXB)

17:20-01:55 (next day)

Boeing 737-800


Source: Flying Bosnian

✈Tender for Bihac Airport design


Public Enterprise Bihac Airport has announced a competition for the design of the "Bihac Airport" at the location of Bihac-Golubici. The complex of airport buildings will consist of: control tower, terminal, fire department, maintenance service, petrol station, garage, hangars and workshops.
The terminal building will consist of: basement, ground floor and first floor, departure area with one check in counter to accommodate 120 people. Commercial area of the airport will include a cafeteria with a kitchen, a cafe bar and the restrooms. On the first floor, there will be airport management offices, VIP lounge, crew room and another cafe bar.
 The airport will have a runway of 2.200 meters long, 45 meters wide with ICAO standard CAT II landing system and a minimum of 1.000-meter-long parallel taxiway. Bihac Airport will be built on an area of ​​200.000 square meters.

Tender is open to ordinary citizens and companies who have education in the field of architecture, urban development and fine arts. The deadline for the application is until November 30 at 2 pm, and the public opening of the envelopes will take place on December 18th.

Bihac Airport location within Bosnia and Herzegovina

The decision of the commission will be awarded the prizes: for the first place 3.000 BAM, for the second place 2.000 BAM and for the third place 1.000 BAM.
According to earlier studies, the construction of the airport will cost about 26 million BAM. The airport should meet the needs of establishing charter tourist flights and commercial low-cost airline flights.
Full tender documentations is available at City of Bihac website www.bihac.org or by following this link.
                                                  Bihac Airport location within Europe


Source: City of Bihac and Flying Bosnian

Friday, November 17, 2017

✈Bosnia and Herzegovina January-October 2017 air traffic report


During January-October period Bosnia and Herzegovina has recorded, an impressive 27% passenger growth. During first ten months of this year all four international airports in Bosnia and Herzegovina handled 1.368.515 passengers (in 2016 all four airports recorded 1.225.676 passengers). 

Sarajevo and Tuzla Airports are recording record passenger’s numbers this year while Mostar and Banja Luka Airports are recording decline. Tuzla and Sarajevo airports added additional 309.301 passengers during this period. With Wizz Air’s second Airbus 320 being based at Tuzla Airport, the airport has seen largest increase in passenger numbers with an increase of 75 % or 196.704 passengers more compared to the same period of last year. Tuzla Airport anticipates finishing this year with 530.000 passengers. Sarajevo Airport increase of 14% has added additional 102.597 from January to October. With beginning of winter timetable Qatar Airways started four weekly flights from Doha to Sarajevo which will boost airport’s passenger numbers during winter months. Sarajevo Airport will finish this year with 940.000 passengers. Both Mostar and Banja Luka airports recorded decline in passengers this year. This trend is about to change for Mostar Airport from next year. Eurowings has announced flights from Dusseldorf and Stuttgart to Mostar. Both cities will be served twice weekly from May 16. 2018. Mostar Airport is also in talks with Wizz Air and flights to Billund (Denmark) should start in summer of 2018. Next year Mostar Airport could see Istanbul and Zagreb as possible new destinations. With newly announced flights, plus charter flights to Italy, Mostar Airport will reach 100.000 passengers in 2018. Banja Luka is the only Bosnian airport without any new flight announcements for 2018. Air Serbia is the only airline operating flights to Belgrade (5 weekly during summer and 3 weekly during winter months).  

Sarajevo (SJJ)

Tuzla (TZL)

Mostar (OMO)

Banja Luka (BNX)



Source: Flying Bosnian and BHDCA

✈Tuzla Airport registers strong October!


Tuzla Airport has recorded its busiest October by handling 51.556 passengers during the month, representing an increase of 86,65% compared to the same month of the last year. During the first ten months, the airport welcomed 457.414 passengers, an increase of 75,44% compared to 2016. Tuzla Airport will welcome its 500.000 passenger in the first week of December.



Source: Flying Bosnian and BHDCA 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

✈Atlas Global suspends Istanbul-Sarajevo flights during winter


Atlas Global began flying from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Sarajevo in June with four weekly flights. Flights were planned to run throughout the year and increase to daily in summer of 2018, but due to low sales and strong competitions from well-established Turkish Airlines and Pegasus Airlines, Atlas Global flights have been taken out of winter schedule and will restart on 25. March 2018, as part of summer schedule. Sarajevo-Istanbul route is the most popular for Sarajevo International Airport with total of 281.482 passengers traveled between two cities in 2016 (183.915 passengers traveled with Turkish Airlines and 97.567 with Pegasus Airlines). During winter season, Turkish Airlines is flying from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Sarajevo maintaining 11 weekly flights, while Pegasus Airlines is flying from Sabiha Gokcen Airport with six weekly services.


Source:Flying Bosnian

✈Bosnia and Herzegovina tourism and air travel


Bosnia and Herzegovina has become an emerging tourist destination in recent years with an average 10% growth in arrivals and overnight stays since 2010. Sarajevo is the main driver of rising tourism rates as its annual growth is around 4 percentage points higher than the country’s benchmark. Largest number of tourist arrivals in Bosnia and Herzegovina comes from foreign tourists, with 70% of total arrivals. Neighboring countries: Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia together held 18% market share in 2016. 

In recent four years, Bosnia and Herzegovina has become an attractive market for tourists from Middle East countries, South Korea and China which achieved 100+% year on year tourists arrivals growth. Tourism and airline industry go hand in hand, as is the case with the Bosnian market, substantial number of airlines started flying to Bosnia and Herzegovina in past two years stimulating tourism and hospitality sector. The largest increase in operated flights and passengers carried has been recorded to Arabian Peninsula countries. Currently Sarajevo is connected with Dubai, Sharjah, Kuwait City, Doha and Riyadh. Most of the flights are summer seasonal, but year after year flights are increasing with season extending into fall. For summer 2018 Flydubai will start daily flights to Sarajevo from March 25. 2018, increasing flights to three daily in peak summer months. Newcomer at Sarajevo Airport Qatar Airways, will most likely increase its service from Doha to daily, while in near future Kuwait Airways will introduce Kuwait-Sarajevo flights as well. It is also very likely that Emirates will launch Dubai-Sarajevo flights in near future. 

With Sarajevo Airport expansion and investments in building four and five star hotels and resorts, we will see more airlines operating flights to Sarajevo, covering under-served markets such as: Amsterdam, Paris, Brussels, Moscow, London, Rome, Frankfurt etc... In coming years, we can expect more low-cost airlines starting flights to Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially to Mostar.
Within the last month the mayors of Sarajevo, Belgrade and Beijing held talks in Belgrade about possible direct flights from China to Sarajevo via Belgrade. Currently Hainan Airlines operates two weekly flights from Beijing to Belgrade via Prague. Initiative by the city mayors is for the flights to operate via Belgrade to Sarajevo instead of Prague. Flights would cater to a substantial number of Chinese tourist visiting the region. Major step in that direction was made by the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina and China by abolish visas for its citizens from January 01. 2018.

Bosnia and Herzegovina tourist numbers (January-September 2017)

In the period January - September 2017, Bosnia and Herzegovina was visited by 1.025.975 tourists, representing an increase of 13,7% compared to the same time of last year. Total of 2.136.036 overnight stays were recorded, which is 12,6% more than in the same period of 2016. First nine months of the year Bosnia and Herzegovina was visited by 743.478 foreign tourists, representing an increase of 18,1%. Foreign tourists made 1.555.832 overnight stays, an increase of 16,1%. Notable increase of tourists has been recorded from: Israel 7.161 (increase of 316,7%), Belgium 5.183 (increase of 61,1%), Canada 5.258 (increase of 40,3%) and Russia 4.328 (increase of 35,2%).


By the length of stay of foreign visitors to Bosnia and Herzegovina, tourists from Malta stay the longest with an average stay of 6,1 nights, Kuwait with 3,7 nights, Ireland with 3,5 nights, Qatar with 3,4 nights, France and Iran with 3,2 nights, Romania with 3,1 nights and United Arab Emirates with 3,0 nights.

Bosnia ans Herzegovina tourist arrivals  (Jan-Sep 2017)


Saturday, November 11, 2017

✈Tuzla-London Luton statistics


During January-August period, a total of 16.301 passengers traveled on Wizz Air flights between Tuzla and London Luton Airport. In the first eight months of the year Wizz Air operated a total of 118 flights between two cities, with an average cabin load factor of 76,74%.

✈Lufthansa mainline fleet to operate Sarajevo flights during winter


Due to increased demand Lufthansa mainline fleet will operate Munich-Sarajevo flights during winter 2017/18 season. All flights are scheduled to operate with a mix of Airbus 319/320 fleet. In the past, during winter timetable Munich-Sarajevo flights were operated by Lufthansa daughter company Lufthansa City Line, using Embraer 195 aircraft, with capacity to accommodate 116 passengers in all economy class seating. With Lufthansa mainline aircraft operating Munich-Sarajevo flights, the airline is offering 132 (C12/Y120) seats on Airbus 319 and 154 (C28/Y126) seats on Airbus 320, representing an increase of 20% in seats offered compared to the winter schedule of last year.



Source: Flying Bosnian

✈Sarajevo Airport upgrade and expansion

Photo credit: V.A
As announced earlier this year, a measure to expand the capacity and improve the services of Sarajevo International Airport, work on increasing the number of counters for passenger registration has been completed. The luggage loading system has also been expanded and modernized.

Photo credit: V.A.

From the existing 12, the number of check-in counters has increased to 15, plus additional two self-check-in counters. One more X-ray device for the security check of luggage has been put in operation. New configuration of the luggage system with two conveyor belts will significantly improve the reliability of the system in the transport, sorting and loading of luggage. These two projects are part of preparation for a busy summer season and implementation of the strategy "Modernization and Upgrade of Terminal B".

Photo credit: Sarajevo Airport

Source: Sarajevo International Airport

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

✈Eurowings Mostar flight schedule


Eurowings has published its flight schedule from Mostar Airport to Dusseldorf and Stuttgart. Both destinations will be operated twice weekly from May 16. 2018. Flights are already bookable at eurowings.com. During summer timetable Eurowings will operate a total of 188 flights to and from Mostar offering 27.072 seats.

Duesseldof-Mostar-Duesseldorf


Stuttgart-Mostar-Stuttgart


Source: Flying Bosnian and Eurowings 

Friday, November 3, 2017

✈Flydubai launches Dubai-SARAJEVO-Podgorica flights

flydubai's inaugural flight Sarajevo-Podgorica on Nov 01.2017.
  • Becomes the only UAE-based airline to offer flights to Podgorica, Montenegro’s capital
  • Launches two flights a week
  • Service includes direct regional flights to Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina 
  • flydubai has rights to sell Sarajevo-Podgorica-Sarajevo flights
flydubai’s inaugural flight has landed in Podgorica (TGD), becoming the only UAE-based airline to offer air links to Montenegro’s capital. The twice-weekly service includes a regional connection to Sarajevo (SJJ), a popular destination on the flydubai network.
Upon arrival, the aircraft was greeted with a water cannon salute and on board the flight was a delegation led by Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer of flydubai, Jeyhun Efendi, Senior Vice President, Commercial (UAE, EU, ME, CIS) of flydubai, H.E Darko Uskokovic, Ambassador of Montenegro in Abu Dhabi and Dusanka Jeknic, the Minister Counselor from the Embassy of Montenegro in Abu Dhabi. The delegation was met by H.E. Abdulsalam Hareb Alromaithi, the UAE Ambassador to Montenegro, Dr. Hana Alkaabi, the Third Secretary from the UAE Embassy in Montenegro and Danilo Orlandic, CEO of Montenegro Airports. 
Podgorica becomes the eighth destination to join the airline’s network in Central and Eastern Europe which includes Belgrade, Bratislava, Bucharest, Prague, Skopje, Sarajevo and Sofia. flydubai, earlier this year, offered flights to the coastal town of Tivat one of three seasonal routes it operated for the first time this summer.
“We are delighted to have launched flights to Podgorica,” said Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer of flydubai. “Following our popular flights to Tivat this summer we look forward to the opportunities that this route will bring for both Montenegro and the UAE. We would like to thank the Government of Montenegro for their support in the launch of this route.”
With flights to more than 95 destinations in 44 countries, flydubai offers passengers from Montenegro greater opportunity to connect onwards on the flydubai network through Dubai’s efficient aviation hub.
“With the launch of this new route, we are not only providing a direct flight to Podgorica from Dubai, but creating a regular service between Podgorica and Sarajevo,” said Jeyhun Efendi, Senior Vice President, Commercial (UAE, EU, ME, CIS) for flydubai. “We look forward to the new opportunities that these flights will provide creating new flows of trade and tourism.”
Sarajevo-Podgorica-Sarajevo timetable
Source: flyDubai

✈Tuzla airport:statistic data Jan-Jun for BSL, DTM and HHN


Tuzla International Airport detailed statistic data for period January-June 2017. for Wizz Air flights on routes from Tuzla to: Basel, Dortmund and Frankfurt Hahn.

TUZLA-BASEL (BSL)

TUZLA-DORTMUND (DTM)

TUZLA-FRANKFURT HAHN (HHN)

  
Source: Flying Bosnian and Eurostat

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

✈Record October for Sarajevo Airport

Lufthansa A320 at Sarajevo Airport
Last month Sarajevo International Airport has recorded another record month with 80.769 passengers using the airport, representing an increase of 13% in passengers handled. For the first ten months of this year, Sarajevo Airport welcomed 850.030 passengers, up 14% when compared to the 747.433 it handled during the same period of 2017. The best month for growth during 2017 is July, with passenger numbers increasing by an impressive 28%. Sarajevo Airport already surpassed 2017 record when 838.966 passengers used the airport, by the end of this year airport should welcome additional 100.000 passengers, finishing year with record number of 950.000 passengers.



Source: Flying Bosnian and SIA

✈Qatar Airways has launched Sarajevo flights!


First Qatar Airways scheduled flight from Doha has landed at Sarajevo International Airport. Flight QR293 operated by Airbus 320 with registration A7-AHU landed at Sarajevo Airport at 10:50 am local time, after 5 hours 32 minutes flight from Doha. Flights on the newly established route to the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina will be operated four times a week on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.





Passengers will travel from Doha to Sarajevo and back on the Airbus A320 aircraft with 12 seats in the business and 132 seats in economy class. In addition to the rich gastronomic offer, travelers will have access to the top entertainment system, which offers the latest editions of movies, TV series, music, games, and many other contents.





The air links between Sarajevo and Doha will greatly facilitate travel to Qatar by an increasing number of Bosnian citizens living and working in this country. In addition to strengthening business connections, the introduction of the Doha-Sarajevo flight will significantly increase the number of tourist visits to our country. Finally, this line will allow passengers from Sarajevo to connect to more than 150 destinations around the world through Qatar Airways hub at Hamad International Airport, from North and South America, Asia to distant Australia.






Source: Sarajevo International Airport/Photos by SIA and Klix

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

✈Eurowings announced two new routes from Mostar!


Eurowings has officially announced its plans to launch flights to Mostar at a press conference held at the Mostar City hall yesterday. Eurowings will introduce flights from Dusseldorf and Stuttgart to its second point in Bosnia and Herzegovina after Sarajevo. Both routes will be maintained twice per week starting May 16. 2018, with services from Dusseldorf operating on Wednesdays and Sundays, and from Stuttgart on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The new flights will generate an additional 45 new jobs in Mostar and 60.000 new passengers for Mostar Airport in twelve months period.  

Source: Mostar Airport