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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

Monday, October 23, 2017

✈Bosnia and Herzegovina air traffic report JAN-SEP 2017


During nine months of this year airports in Bosnia and Herzegovina have recorded an increase of 25,78% in passengers handled. All four international airports in the country recorded a total of 1.230.135 passengers, surpassing whole of 2016, when total of 1.225.676 were recorded. Both Sarajevo and Tuzla airports are recording very strong year while Mostar and Banja Luka airports are recording decline in all areas of business: aircraft operations, cargo and passengers.

 SARAJEVO

 TUZLA

 MOSTAR

 BANJA LUKA



Source: Flying Bosnian and BHDCA

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

✈Scandinavian Airlines to launch Copenhagen-Sarajevo flights!


Scandinavian Airlines will introduce summer seasonal flights from Copenhagen to Sarajevo on March 24. 2018. Flights will operate twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays until September 29. 2018. The 1.373-kilometer sector between two cities will be operated on Tuesdays by Airbus 320 aircraft offering 168 seats in each direction and CRJ-900 on Saturdays offering 88 seats in each direction. During 2018 summer season Scandinavian Airlines will operate a total of 57 round-trip flights between Copenhagen and Sarajevo, offering 15.000 seats in both directions. The airline will compete directly with Norwegian Air offering flights on Tuesdays from June 19 to August 07. From beginning of July, Spanish airline Air Nostrum will operate flights Copenhagen-Sarajevo with Bombardier CRJ-1000 aircraft on behalf of Scandinavian Airlines (on Saturdays only). Air Nostrum CRJ-1000 has capacity to seat 100 passengers in all economy configuration.


Flight schedule Copenhagen-Sarajevo
Route
Flight number
Time
Days
Aircraft
Valid
CPH-SJJ
SK2287
10:00-12:20
-2-----
Airbus 320
27.03-25.09
CPH-SJJ
SK2287
11:55-14:15
-----6-
CRJ-900
24.03-26.06
CPH-SJJ
SK2287
19:00-21:20
-----6-
CRJ-1000
03.07-31.07
CPH-SJJ
SK2287
10:00-12:20
-----6-
CRJ-900
14.08-29.09

Flight schedule Sarajevo-Copenhagen
Route
Flight number
Time
Days
Aircraft
Valid
SJJ-CPH
SK2288
13:10-15:25
-2-----
Airbus 320
27.03-25.09
SJJ-CPH
SK2288
15:05-17:20
-----6-
CRJ-900
24.03-26.06
SJJ-CPH
SK2288
22:10-00:25
-----6-
CRJ-1000
03.07-31.07
SJJ-CPH
SK2288
13:10-15:25
-----6-
CRJ-900
14.08-29.09

During month of August Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) will operate additional flights on following dates:
Copenhagen (CPH)-Sarajevo (SJJ)
Date
Flight number
Time
Aircraft
August 02. Thursday
SK2287 CPH-SJJ
11:15-13:55
Airbus 320
August 07. Tuesday
SK2287 CPH-SJJ
19:00-21:20
Airbus 320
August 09. Thursday
SK2287 CPH-SJJ
11:15-13:55
CRJ-1000
August 10. Friday
SK2287 CPH-SJJ
15:30-17:50
Airbus 321
August 11. Saturday
SK2287 CPH-SJJ
16:35-18:55
Airbus-320
August 12. Sunday
SK2287 CPH-SJJ
11:15-13:55
Airbus 320
August 14. Tuesday
SK2287 CPH-SJJ
10:00-12:20
Airbus 320
August 18. Saturday
SK2287 CPH-SJJ
11:55-14:15
CRJ-900
August 21. Tuesday
SK2287 CPH-SJJ
10:00-12:20
Airbus 320
August 25. Saturday
SK2287 CPH-SJJ
11:55-14:15
CRJ-900
August 28. Tuesday
SK2287 CPH-SJJ
10:00-12:20
Airbus 320

Sarajevo (SJJ)- Copenhagen (CPH)
Date
Flight number
Time
Aircraft
August 02. Thursday
SK2288 SJJ-CPH
14:25-16:40
Airbus 320
August 07. Tuesday
SK2288 SJJ-CPH
22:10-00:25
Airbus 320
August 09. Thursday
SK2288 SJJ-CPH
14:25-16:40
CRJ-1000
August 10. Friday
SK2288 SJJ-CPH
18:40-20:55
Airbus 321
August 11. Saturday
SK2288 SJJ-CPH
19:45-22:00
Airbus-320
August 12. Sunday
SK2288 SJJ-CPH
14:25-16:40
Airbus 320
August 14. Tuesday
SK2288 SJJ-CPH
13:10-15:25
Airbus 320
August 18. Saturday
SK2288 SJJ-CPH
15:05-17:20
CRJ-900
August 21. Tuesday
SK2288 SJJ-CPH
13:10-15:25
Airbus 320
August 25. Saturday
SK2288 SJJ-CPH
15:05-17:20
CRJ-900
August 28. Tuesday
SK2288 SJJ-CPH
13:10-15:25
Airbus 320


Source: Flying Bosnian