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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

✈Atlas Global partners with Air Serbia on flights to Sarajevo

Turkish carrier Atlas Global at the launch of winter 2018/19 season expanded code-share partnership with Air Serbia, covering additional 4 routes via Belgrade. Planned code-share routes from 28/OCT/18 includes the following.

Atlas Global operated by Air Serbia 
Belgrade – Prague
Belgrade – Sarajevo (daily flights)
Belgrade – Tivat
Belgrade – Vienna

Atlas Global used to operate its own four weekly flights from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Sarajevo from June to December of 2017, but due to very strong competition from Turkish Airlines flights were discontinued after just one season.

Source: Routes Online

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

✈Tuzla airport numbers decline in October

Wizz Air A320 airplanes at Tuzla International Airport
Tuzla airport passenger’s numbers started to decline due to Wizz Air discontinuing four routes during winter schedule. In October the airport handled 50.105 passengers, representing a decrease of 2,8% or 1.451 passengers less compared to the same month of the last year. In the coming winter months passengers number are expected to decline up to 20%. During January-October Tuzla airport handled 514.338 passengers, representing an increase of 12,2 %, compared to the same time of the last year. The airport is expecting to finish this year with record 580.000 passengers.

Number of seats Wizz Air is offering in November and December of 2018, compared to the same months of the last year.

in %
in seats

Number of passengers Wizz Air transported in November and December of 2017, and projected number of passengers in November and December of 2018 based on the load factor from the  same months of previous year.

PAX projected
Total PAX

Source: Flying Bosnian

✈FlyBosnia Airbus 319 (E7-FBA)

E7-FBA is the first Airbus 319 in Bosnia and Herzegovina aircraft register! 

Source: Flying Bosnian

Monday, November 12, 2018

✈EASA Ground Ops Training successfully delivered to attendants from Icar Air and FlyBosnia

Steve Bentley – MD and Instructor of Sofema Aviation Services (SAS) had the pleasure to deliver EASA Ground Ops Post Holder Training for attendants from Icar Air and FlyBosnia. The training was delivered in SAS Training Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria September 5th, 2018.
About EASA Ground Ops Post Holder Training
The role of Ground Operations Post Holder is a serious and demanding role and needs to satisfy the Regulator via the EASA Form 4 process that the applicant has both appropriate background experience and competencies to support the role.
The course considers in detail the Role and Responsibilities of The Ground Operations Post holder to ensure compliance with EASA regulations.
The aim of the course is to develop the understanding of Airworthiness Principles, and how they relate to the Regulation 965/2012 Ground Ops Environment.

About FlyBosnia
FlyBosnia is a proposed Bosnia & Herzegovinian airline to be based at Sarajevo Butmir International Airport. The Registers of Business Entities in Bosnia & Herzegovina states the airline was registered in Nov-2017. The Saudi based Al-Shiddi Group has reportedly been linked to its establishment with Nudžejma Skenderović and Sulaiman Abdullah Al Shiddi noted as founders of the new airline. A launch date has not been specified.
About Icar Air
Icar Air is a privately owned passenger and cargo charter airline based in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since the revocation of B&H Airlines’ AOC on 2 July 2015, it is the only airline of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The company was formed in 2000 and operated a Boeing 737. It currently leases aircraft (ACMI), and operates ad-hoc charter flights. The company holds a DHL Aviation contract for Bosnia and Herzegovina and operates a scheduled freight service between Sarajevo and Ancona.
About Sofema
Sofema Aviation Services has been providing training services since 2008 and has issued course completion certificates to more than 15000 delegates
Based in Sofia, Bulgaria, SAS is a Global, Professional, Airline, MRO and Ground Operations, Support, Consulting and Training Company. We offer qualified and experienced UK and European Nationals. We are proud of our Trainers who are competent and motivated to deliver the best service on behalf of SAS and for the Customer.
Sofema Aviation Services (SAS) has built up a genuine reputation for effective consultancy and support together with motivational training which educates and inspires all our delegates with a training program which includes:
- European Aviation Safety Agency EASA
- Federal Airworthiness Authority FAA
- Gulf Civil Aviation Authority GCAA
- Overseas Territory Regulations OTR

Behind Sofema Aviation Services we have over 40 Years industry experience to call on, we are able to help you develop the most appropriate outcomes for your organization. We understand the importance of helping organisations to meet the challenge of managing competence, we work to develop a positive safety culture and deliver improved business performance. Our primary focus is on delivering quality assured support and training services.

✈Bosnia and Herzegovina air transport statistics

During January-September all four international airports in Bosnia and Herzegovina recorded 1.355.038 passengers, representing an increase of 10% compared to the same period of last year.

Source: BHDCA

✈Sarajevo Airport statistics for October

Sarajevo airport welcomed 83.660 passengers in October, representing an increase of 3.6%. The number of aircraft operations stood at 1.118, up 2.1%. During the January - October period, Sarajevo handled 930.965 passengers, an increase of 9.5%.

Source:Sarajevo Airport

Saturday, November 10, 2018

✈Sarajevo Airport introduces Global Satellite Navigation System!

A new navigation satellite system providing safer and more economical landing was presented on Friday afternoon at Sarajevo International Airport (SIA).

After FlyDubai airplane safely landed at SIA, Transport Director Nermin Zijadic said that the new system, using a global satellite navigation system, will improve security and increase capacity.
"A better vertical and horizontal guidance will be achieved, and thus, the likelihood of possible accidents will be reduced," Zijadic explained.
Additionally, the introduction of Performance-Based Navigation will result in an increase of capacity because the new way of flying will allow a narrower trajectory, and airport administration will increase the number of flights.
"Delays and fuel consumption will be reduced and noise at all stages, both in approach and in departure, will be decreased," Zijadic said, adding that not only SIA will have benefits from new system but also other airports in the country.
Earlier, SIA used conventional procedures that use signals made by earth radio navigation devices, according to chief of security at Agency for the Provision of Air Navigation Services (BHANSA) Vlado Juric.
"This procedure will enable the aircraft to land in the event of a malfunction of our radio navigation devices and will thus directly contribute to continuity of operations at SIA," Juric explained.
The introduction of the procedure is the result of three-year-long joint work of the air traffic service provider NATS from Britain, BHANSA, SIA, BiH Civil Aviation Administration and FlyDubai.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

✈LONDON possible new Ryanair destination from Banja Luka !

It's that time of year where publishers, travel agents, tour companies and journalists start making predictions for what's in store for the year ahead.
The Independent's travel team has put together its forecast for what will be big in travel in 2019: whether that's a hot new destination, a must-do journey or a trend that you need to know about. On the must visit list in 2019 is Bosnia and Herzegovina!

Whatever happens with Brexit, a firm prediction: the northern Bosnian city of Banja Luka will be connected with the UK. Ryanair is starting this winter with links from Belgium, Germany and Sweden to the beautiful north of Bosnia, and the usual pattern is that flights from London Stansted will follow; since Bosnia is outside the EU, and Brexit is not an issue, expect a link to start in spring 2019.

Explore Banja Luka, still recovering from the scars of the Yugoslavia breakup  in the early 1990s, then venture south to the Ottoman town of Travnik, the soulful city of Mostar and the rejuvenated capital, Sarajevo. Or stay north in the Balkan backwoods, combining Bosnia with eastern Croatia and flying home from the capital, Zagreb or Osijek – the surprising home to some of Europe’s most spectacular art nouveau structures.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

✈First photos of FLYBOSNIA Airbus 319!

First photos of FLYBOSNIA Airbus 319 while getting its maintenance at Sofia Airport. The aircraft was previously in service with Finair, Donavia and Rossiya Airlines. Newly painted Airbus 319  will carry the  name of the city of Sarajevo.
Aircraft info:
  • Serial number: 1808 
  • Type: Airbus 319-112
  • Engines: 2x CFM56-5B6/3
  • First flight date: 21/08/2002 (16 years old)
  • Seat configuration C12/Y120
  • Previous registrations: VP-BIS/OH-LVF/D-AVWG

Source:Flying Bosnian 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

✈Ryanair’s Bosnia and Herzegovina Flights Take Off !

Ryanair, Europe’s No. 1 airline, today (30 Oct) celebrated its first ever Bosnia and Herzegovina flights (its 37th country) with the start of its new two times weekly Banja Luka service to/from Stockholm Skavsta, the first of its 3 new Banja Luka winter 2018 routes commencing this week.
Ryanair’s Banja Luka winter 2018 schedule will deliver:
– 3 new routes: Brussels (2 wkly), Memmingen (2 wkly) and Stockholm Skavsta (2 wkly)
– 6 weekly flights
– 100,00 customers p.a.
To celebrate the start of its first flights to/from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ryanair has released seats from Banja Luka from just €9.99, for travel from November 2018 to January 2019, which are only available for booking on the website until midnight Thursday (1 Nov).

Ivana Hanjs, Ryanair’s Sales & Marketing Executive Europe, said:
“We’re pleased to officially launch our first Bosnia and Herzegovina flights with 3 new Banja Luka winter 2018 routes to Brussels Charleroi, Memmingen and Stockholm Skavsta. Customers and visitors in Republika Srpska and Bosnia and Herzegovina can look forward to the lowest fares in Europe when they make advance bookings for their holidays.
To celebrate, we are releasing seats for sale from Banja Luka from just €9.99 for travel from November 2018 until the end of January 2019, which are available for booking until midnight (24:00) Thursday, 1 November.
Since these amazing low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto and avoid missing out.”
Duško Kovačević, Banja Luka International airport deputy general director, said:
“I am happy to share my happiness with the citizens of Republika Srpska and Bosnia and Herzegovina for launching our first Ryanair flights from Banja Luka International airport. This historic moment will make our communication with Europe and the world easier, and it will have a great impact on economic trends in our region and beyond.”

Thursday, October 18, 2018

✈Turkish Airlines to fully move to Istanbul New Airport by the end of 2018!

Istanbul Grand Airport under construction 

Turkish Airlines has announced it would fully relocate from the existing Istanbul Atatürk airport to Istanbul New Airport on December 31. 2018, although it would earlier launch limited domestic and regional flights out of the new gateway.
"All our operations after [December 31. 2018] will be carried out at Istanbul New Airport," the Turkish carrier said in a statement.
Turkish Airlines will initially fly from Istanbul New Airport to Ankara Esenboga, Lefkosa in Turkish Northern Cyprus (both from October 31), Izmir, and Antalya (both from November 1). All routes are set to operate daily with B737-800 equipment.

Istanbul Grand Airport Control tower

The carrier also said it would operate from the new airport to Baku ahead of the full relocation, but schedules have not been loaded yet.
The airport is set to open formally on October 29. on the 95th anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. Despite earlier plans to launch full-scale operations out of the new gateway on this day, the airport will open gradually. Eventually, the existing Atatürk airport is due to close, although Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen will remain open.

Source: CH-aviation

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

✈Bosnia-Herzegovina air traffic report JAN-SEP 2018

During January – September, airports in Bosnia and Herzegovina recorded 1.355.063 passengers, representing an increase of 10% when compared to the same period of last year. Out of four international airports in the country, three have recorded passengers increase (Banja Luka, Sarajevo and Tuzla), while Mostar recorded significant decrees of 33%. Last year Bosnia and Herzegovina recorded 1.557.790 passengers, while this year the number should go up to 1.720.000. From the year 2010 to 2017 number of air passengers at Bosnian airports has increased by 165% (from 586.537 passengers in 2010 to 1.557.790 in 2017).

Bosnia and Herzegovina airports statistics Jan-Sep 2018

Bosnia and Herzegovina air passengers traffic history
Total passengers

Bosnian and Herzegovina airports market share in 2017

Source: Flying Bosnian and BHDCA

Sunday, October 14, 2018

✈Sarajevo and Tuzla Airport figures Q1-Q3 2018

Sarajevo Airport Check in counters 
Sarajevo Airport has seen its passenger numbers decline in September by handling 98.277 passengers, down 2,6%. During the January-September period, Sarajevo Airport handled 847.305 passengers, up 10,1% on 2017. The airport added 78.208 passengers on last year. September passengers decline is coming as a result of Wataniya Airways discontinuing its operations.

Tuzla International Airport continued its growth in September by handling 56.060 passengers, representing an increase of 6,1%. During the January-September period, the airport welcomed 464.219 passengers through its doors, up 14,1% on 2017. The airport added 57.551 passengers on last year.

Source: Flying Bosnian

✈Sarajevo Winter 2018-19

Sarajevo destination map Winter 2018/19
The 2018/19 winter timetable enters into force on Sunday, October 28th.  until March 30th of 2019, passengers will be able to fly to 12 destinations on 12 different airlines in 10 countries in Europe and Gulf region. The airlines will offer a total of 79 weekly departures. Compared to the winter of last year number of weekly departures have decreased by 2 flights. 

Wataniya Airways went out of business last month discontinuing all flights including flights from Kuwait City to Sarajevo (Wataniya Airways operated one to two weekly flights to Sarajevo during the winter of last year). Flydubai will not resume its winter seasonal flights from Sarajevo to Podgorica (Flydubai operated two weekly flights from Podgorica to Dubai with stop in Sarajevo). Airlines with one weekly flight increases per destination are: Austrian Airlines to Vienna, Eurowings to Stuttgart and Turkish Airlines to Istanbul. 

Source: Flying Bosnian

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

✈Banja Luka Winter 2018-19

Banja Luka destination map Winter 2018/19

Nakon skoro cijele decenije zastoja u razvoju putničkog saobraćaja,  Aerodrom Banja Luka će konačno od slijedećeg mjeseca početi da zauzima mjesto koje mu pripada u okvirima civilnog avio saobraćaja u Bosni i Hercegovini. Potencijal aerodrome je veliki, uzimajući u obzir da je Banja Luka drugi grad po veličini u Bosni i Hercegovini, koji je takodje univerzitetski i ekonomski centar ovog dijela Bosne i Hercegovine. Procjene su da aerodromu Banja Luka gravitira oko 1 milion stanovnika sa prostora sjeverozapadnog dijela Bosne i Hercegovine, kao i stanovnistvo iz pograničnih dijelovi Hrvatske uz obalu rijeke Save. Aerodrom Banja Luka ima jako povoljnu geografsku poziciju i povezan je auto-putom Banja Luka- Bosanska Gradiška- Zagreb i odnedavno Banja Luka-Doboj.

Najveći europski nisko-tarifni avio prijevoznik Ryanair će povezati banjalučki aerodrom sa tri destinacije u Europi: Brussels-Charleroi u Belgiji, Memmingen u Njemačkoj i Stockholm-Skavsta u Švedskoj. Sve tri destinacije će biti povezane sa Banja Lukom sa dva leta sedmično sa avionom Boeing 737-800 koji ima kapacitet od 189 sjedišta. Sa početkom ljetne sezone letenja, od aprila slijedeće godine postoji vrlo izuzetna mogućnost da će Ryanair dodati barem još dvije destinacije na svoju mrežu letova iz Banja Luke. Pored Ryanair-a tokom naredne zimske sezone letove iz Beograda za Banja Luku će odrzavati Air Serbia sa tri leta sedmično.
Prema procjenama koje su radjene od strane samog Ryanair-a već u 2019. godini aerodrome Banja Luka može očekivati brojku od 120.000 putnika na godišnjem nivou. 

Source: Flying Bosnian

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

✈Aerodrom Sarajevo-Izjestaj o poslovanju za 2017. godinu

Cijeli izvjestaj o poslovanju Aerodroma Sarajevo se nalazi na slijedecem linku i moze se preuzeti u PDF formatu: Aerodrom Sarajevo-Izjestaj o poslovanju za 2017. godinu

Na dan 31.12.2017. godine Društvo je ostvarilo sljedeće rezultate poslovanja u odnosu na 31.12.2016. godine:
Aviooperacije – povećanje za 12%
Putnici – povećanje za 14%
Load faktor –  smanjenje za 3%,
M.T.O.W.1 – povećanje za 14%
Cargo i pošta –  povećanje za 3%
Ukupni prihodi – povećanje za 16%
Ukupni rashodi – povećanje za 11%
U 2017. godini Društvo je zabilježilo povećanje broja aviooperacija za 12% kako u odnosu na isti izvještajni period 2016. godine, tako i u odnosu na Plan.  

Broj prevezenih putnika je veći za 14% u odnosu na prethodnu godinu, te za 11% u odnosu na Plan.  

Ukupna tonaža aviona (M.T.O.W.) je veća za 14% u odnosu na prethodnu godinu, dok je  Load Faktor smanjen za 3% u odnosu na prethodnu godinu.  

Broj catering obroka je manji za 27% u odnosu na isti izvještajni period prethodne godine. 

U skladu sa postavljenim ciljevima Društvo je u 2017. godini kontinuirano radilo na pregovaranju i uvođenju u redovan saobraćaj novih aviokompanija, novih destinacija, kao i povećanju broja aviooperacija. Pregovori su kao i prethodnih godina bili bazirani na statističkim podacima top 10 finalnih destinacija u periodu od 01.01. do 31.12.2016. godine kao i trendovima za 2017. godinu.  
Prema statističkim pokazateljima iz 2017. godine, putnici iz Sarajeva su preko transfernih aerodroma najviše letili ka sljedećim destinacijama: Kuvajt, London, Kopenhagen, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Cirih, Pariz, Ankara, Čikago i Berlin. 

U 2017. godini Društvo je ostvarilo ukupne prihode u iznosu od 49.750.639 KM što je za 16% ili za 6.788.059 KM veće od ukupnih prihoda u istom izvještajnom periodu, te za 14% ili za 5.974.139 KM u odnosu na planirane. Struktura prihoda je data i detaljno objašnjena u tekstu koji slijedi.

Ukupni rashodi su ostvareni u iznosu od 35.192.968 KM što je za 11% ili za 3.484.641 KM veće u odnosu na 31.12.2016. godine te za 2% ili za 612.068 KM u odnosu na plan. Struktura rashoda je data i detaljno objašnjena u tekstu koji slijedi.

Ostvarena je dobit prije oporezivanja u iznosu od 14.557.671 KM što je za 29% ili za 3.303.418 KM veće u odnosu na prethodnu godinu te za 58% ili za 5.362.071 KM u odnosu na plan. 

Dobit nakon oporezivanja ostvarena u 2017. godini iznosi 13.001.312 KM što je za 29% ili za 2.957.020 KM veće u odnosu na prethodnu godinu te za 60% ili za 4.854.312 KM u odnosu na plan.

Ostvareni rezultati poslovanja u odnosu na plan:
Aviooperacije – 12% veće u odnosu na plan
Putnici – 11% veće u odnosu na pan
Cargo i pošta –  13% veće u odnosu na plan
Ukupni prihodi – povećanje za 14%
Ukupni rashodi – povećanje 2%

Dobit prije oporezivanja – povećanje za 58%
Dobit nakon oporezivanja – povećanje za 60%

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