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Thursday, June 22, 2017

✈Atlas Global established Istanbul-Sarajevo flights


The Turkish airline Atlas Global has established Istanbul Ataturk-Sarajevo flights. First Atlas Global flight (KK6650 Airbus 320 TC-AGU) from Istanbul Ataturk airport landed at Sarajevo airport today at 10:25. This is the third airline operating flights from Istanbul to Sarajevo after Turkish Airlines and Pegasus.
Atlas Global flights between Istanbul and Sarajevo will operate four times a week - on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.


Sarajevo airport director, Armin Kajmaković said:
 "We are delighted to have Atlas Global arrivals at Sarajevo airport. The airline with a fleet of 26 modern Airbus aircraft is already flying to 50 destinations in 35 countries in Europe and Asia, and is now recognizing Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina as a promising tourist and business destination. Atlas Global offers another option to Istanbul and Turkey's largest airport Ataturk, which is one of the largest transfer centers in the world. " 



AtlasGlobala director Recep Zeman said:
" With the start of Sarajevo flights, the company continues to expand its network to the west. This year new lines were added to our network in Europe, the Middle East, Ukraine, Russia and the CIS region. We have increased the number of destinations to 50. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as in each of our markets, we will try to become the preferred airline selected by passengers. We believe that our new established line to Sarajevo has a bright future. "

A ceremony at the airport was attended by numerous guests, including the Turkish Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr. Haldun Koc. 

Source: Klix and Flying Bosnian

Thursday, June 15, 2017

✈Wizz air celebrates a new record in Tuzla

Tuzla, 14 June 2017: Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, and Bosnia and Herzegovina’s leading airline, celebrated today a new passenger record along with remarkable achievements of four years of operations at Tuzla Airport. WIZZ’s lucky 1 millionth passenger was travelling from Mulhouse to Tuzla and was greeted upon arrival with a WIZZ return ticket.
Wizz Air, the pioneer of high quality and low-fares air travel in Bosnia and Herzegovina, is dedicated to its customers since 2013, when the first WIZZ flight took off from Tuzla to Malmo. Over the past 4 years of successful operations at Tuzla International Airport, WIZZ has carried 1 million passengers on its low fare routes, constantly expanding its operations in the country and bringing even more truly affordable travel opportunities for its customers.
Since the beginning of 2017, more than 189,000 passengers have enjoyed WIZZ’s low fares, easy booking system and excellent on-board service, to and from Tuzla, showing an increase of over 56% compared to the same period in 2016 and have supported over 140 local jobs* in aviation and tourism industry. Already the largest airline in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the WIZZ base from Tuzla represents an investment of more than $ 198 million**, with two allocated aircraft and a local staff of more than 65 aviation professionals. Furthermore, WIZZ offers in total nearly 687,000 seats on sale on Tuzla routes in 2017, increasing its yearly total capacity with more than 90%.
Looking to provide the lowest fare possible, WIZZ is offering now tickets from as low as BAM 19.99***, to 16 destinations in 7 countries across Europe from Tuzla, stimulating bi-directional tourism and boosting trade links  between the countries. Passengers travelling on WIZZ low-fare routes from Bosnia and Herzegovina can discover in total 17 destinations across 8 countries in Europe and beyond, from Sarajevo and Tuzla, including the newest connections from Tuzla to Växjö, Bratislava, Cologne or Nuremberg. During 2017, 6 new routes to 4 countries have already commenced from Bosnia and Herzegovina, along with adding Sarajevo as its second Bosnian airport and introducing the exciting low-fare connection to Budapest.
Speaking at a press conference in Tuzla, Sorina Ratz, Communications Manager at Wizz Air, said:  After four years since the start of our Tuzla operations, Wizz Air is celebrating remarkable results and a new passenger record, reaching the first million carried passengers in Bosnia and Herzegovina. As the leading airline in Bosnia and Herzegovina, our investment in the country created affordable travel opportunities for our passengers and since the beginning of 2017, our traffic increased with more than 56%, compared to the same period in 2016. In 2017, we expanded our Tuzla offer to a total of 16 services across 7 countries, allocated a second aircraft and created more local jobs. We look forward to continuing our fruitful partnership with Tuzla International Airport and remain committed to bringing even more exciting opportunities that can best meet our customers’ needs, while further stimulating economic and business relations in the country.”
The Prime Minister of Tuzla Canton, Bego Gutić at today’s press conference, said:” The progresses made, 16 destinations and one million passengers carried surely mark a result that deserves only words of congratulations aimed at Wizz Air and Tuzla International Airport. We hope and wish that the next million passengers will be carried by the end of 2018.
It is not an impossible task to achieve.
With another positioned aircraft and introduction of some new, attractive destinations, the next milestone is closer than we think.
This would also represent an invitation to our partners, Wizz Air with whom we cultivate friendship, due to the fact that Tuzla Airport and The Government have implemented activities on increasing the capacity of the terminal building”.
General Director of the Tuzla International Airport, Rifet Karasalihović said:” With the number of operations increased by introduction of new routes from Tuzla International Airport, as well as the increase of passenger flow, came a necessity of expanding and overhauling the passenger terminal building, in order to meet the needs of passengers travelling from Tuzla International Airport.
At the moment, Tuzla International Airport is implementing its project of passenger terminal expanding and overhauling. First of two planned stages should commence by the middle of July 2017, while the second one should start after the announcement of tender competition, hopefully this week.
The investment for the project is valued at 6.5 million BAM in total, of which 70% of the funds have already been secured while the remaining 30% should be secured by the end of July”.
Source: Wizz Air

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

✈Tuzla Airport continues strong passengers growth in May



Tuzla International Airport continued with double digit growth in May. The airport handled total of 47.701 passengers. Wizz Air transported a total of 47.673 passengers on 324 flights, while 28 passengers were transported on general aviation and business flights. Wizz Air cabin load factor on its flight from and to Tuzla in the month of May stood at 80,02% averaging 147 passengers per flight. 



Source: Flying Bosnian and BHDCA

Monday, June 12, 2017

✈Eurowings to start Dusseldorf-Sarajevo flights !


With the beginning of winter timetable Eurowings will start two weekly Dusseldorf -Sarajevo flights. Flights will operate on Thursdays and Sundays, beginning November 02.2017. Flights will be operated by Air Berlin Airbus 320 aircraft and crew . Flights are available for bookings on Eurowings.com Duesseldorf will be third destination for Eurowings from Sarajevo joining Cologne and Stuttgart.


Flight number
Route
Time
EW 9944
Duesseldorf (DUS)-Sarajevo (SJJ)
09:10-11:05
EW 9945
Sarajevo (SJJ)- Duesseldorf (DUS)
11:50-14:00

Source: Flying Bosnian

Thursday, June 8, 2017

✈Tuzla-London Luton statistics for 2017


Tuzla- London Luton Airport (LTN) flights are slowly showing increase in passengers as summer months are approaching. During month of April a total of 2.443 passengers traveled between two airports, representing best month so far. Wizz Air inaugurated flights from Tuzla to London Luton on October 31. 2016. Flights were operated twice weekly until the end of December, when flights were reduced to once per week due to low bookings. Twice weekly flights were reintroduced back again at the end of March. Tuzla-London Luton is the only air link between Bosnia and Herzegovina and the UK, but due to visa requirements for holders of Bosnian passports  and very long and expensive process to obtain UK visa travel to the UK and Ireland is still very low. European Union has abolished visas for holders of Bosnian passports in December of 2010 except the UK and Ireland. Wizz Air is expecting solid bookings for the summer season with mostly British tourists visiting Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as Bosnians living in the UK. 


Source: Flying Bosnian and UK CAA

Saturday, June 3, 2017

✈Sarajevo Airport issued a tender for the demolition of old terminal A

Sarajevo Airport Terminal A (soon to be demolished)

Sarajevo International Airport announced tender seeking a firm to carry out work on the  demolition and removal of the old Terminal A and commercial building, clearing the space for expansion of Terminal B.

The deadline for submission of bids is June 14, 2017. More details on this tender can be viewed HERE.

Planned expansion will increase terminal capacity by 10.000 square meters in terms of space and technology to: meet the needs of passengers and baggage, customs, security, passport and sanitary control on arrival and departure, waiting room for boarding passengers, ambulances, security screening baggage, baggage, waiting room in arrival hall, catering facilities, duty free shop, office and commercial space for the needs of airlines and other agencies, space for religious needs and all other airport and airlines related services. The project is worth 38 million Bosnian Marks (19,5 milion Euros).

Source:Flying Bosnian and Ekapija 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

✈Sarajevo Airport statistics for May

Sarajevo airport arrival area

Sarajevo International Airport has recorded 84.137 passengers in May. Number of passengers have declined comparing to the same month of the last year when 85.738 passengers used the airport. Decline in passengers is a result of the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslim population is fasting and traveling is avoided during this month. The airport has recorded increase in aircraft movement and cargo handled. Sarajevo Airport is expecting very busy summer especially during July and August when majority of tourists from United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia visit Bosnia and Herzegovina. Many new flights are scheduled for upcoming summer season including new flights from Riyadh and Kuwait. Flydubai is drastically increasing its flights from Dubai to double daily beginning June 23rd. Air Arabia will fly once daily from Sharjah to Sarajevo beginning June 22nd. Nesma Airlines will start with flights from Riyadh to Sarajevo on June 24th, offering 5 weekly flights. It is projected for Sarajevo Airport to handle 120.000 passengers in July, 125.000 passengers in August and 100.000 passengers in September.  


Source:Flying Bosnian and SIA

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

✈Passengers and cargo air traffic statistics between Switzerland and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Zurich Airport photo by Flying Bosnian, August 2016

During last year a total of 29.811 passengers traveled by air between two countries. Last year majority of the passengers traveled on Basel-Tuzla route with Wizz Air. Sarajevo airport is connected to Zurich airport during summer months only. Swiss Air is holding monopoly on Zurich-Sarajevo route, and flights are often very expensive for such a short sector. Low cost carriers such Easyjet would be perfect solution for Sarajevo-Zurich flights, since Swiss Air is catering mostly to transatlantic transfer passengers. In the past BH Airlines offered five weekly flights from Sarajevo to Zurich with stop in Banja Luka. Zurich was most successful route for BH Airlines.

Year 2016
Route
Passengers
Change from last year
Basel Mulhouse-Tuzla
19.172
+3,69%
Zurich-Sarajevo
10.197
-15,66%
Geneva-Sarajevo
371
Flights discontinued
Basel Mulhouse-Sarajevo
71
Diversion
Total
29.811
-16,31% *

Route
Cargo kilograms
Change from last year
Basel Mulhouse-Sarajevo
2.326 kg
-15,78%
Total
2.326 kg
-15,78%

*Decrease in passengers from Sarajevo to Zurich is due to Swiss Air operating flights on seasonal basis
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Year 2015
Route
Passengers
Change from last year
Basel Mulhouse-Tuzla
18.489
+
Zurich-Sarajevo
12.091
+
Geneva-Sarajevo
3.632

Basel Mulhouse-Sarajevo
251
Diversion
Zurich-Banja Luka
1.142

Total
35.623


Route
Cargo kilograms
Change from last year
Basel Mulhouse-Sarajevo
2.762 kg

Total
2.762 kg


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Source: Flying Bosnian and Swiss Federal Office for Statistics 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

✈Kuwait-Sarajevo charter flights

Due to very high demand for traveling to Bosnia and Herzegovina, tourist agencies in Kuwait and Bosnia and Herzegovina are organizing its own charter flights from Kuwait to Sarajevo. Flights are scheduled to begin on July 7th and will run for two months. Flight schedule and the airline operating flights will be published on later date. 

Flight are scheduled to operate on following days:


Source: Flying Bosnian

Friday, May 12, 2017

✈Bosnian Holidays will launch charter flights to Bosnia Herzegovina


Bosnian Holidays will launch dedicated charter flights to Bosnia Herzegovina from specific new destinations to complete full range of services. Charter flight will operate with either Airbus A319/320 or Boeing 737-400/800 aircraft types.

"Bosnian Holidays agency is run by young and creative team who can respond to all your needs. In cooperation with our partners (hotels, restaurants, real estate agencies, rent-a-car companies, professional tourist guides) we guarantee you to get the best services!We are specialized in organizing tours and trips in Bosnia Herzegovina. With Bosnian Holidays you will SEE natural jewels, DISCOVER new destinations, ENJOY the special events and TRY delicious Bosnian food" travel agency says in a statement. 


Source: Flying Bosnian

Thursday, May 11, 2017

✈Tuzla Airport 550.000 passengers projected for 2017.


Analysis of Wizz Air schedule for Tuzla International Airport for the year 2017 is projecting over 550.000 passengers to use the airport. The numbers are including only scheduled flights by Wizz Air. From June 14 to August 30, airport will handle charter flights to Antalya too. Total of 24 flights are scheduled, with around 5.000 tourist expected to use these flights. With projected 550.000 passengers and future growth, Tuzla airport needs major investments in airport infrastructure and connecting roads to the airport. To be able to accommodate future growth airport needs to develop master plan for future expansion and concentrate on attracting more airlines (both passenger and cargo). 


Source: Flying Bosnian
  

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

✈Tuzla Airport recorded 100% passenger increase in April

Wizz Air network from Tuzla Int. Airport
Tuzla International Airport has recorded the best month on the record since opening its doors. 50.615 passengers used the airport in April, representing 100,36% increase compared to the same month of last year. Huge growth is coming as a result of Wizz Air’s basing second Airbus 320 at the airport and opening 5 new routes. The trend of 100% increase per month should continue all the way until the end of the year. Year to date airport recorded 128.951 passengers, an increase of 46,48%. 


Source: Flying Bosnian and Tuzla Int. Airport

✈Wizz Air is recording great bookings on Tuzla flights!



Tuzla International Airport is recording record number of passengers using the airport, with new flights by Wizz Air introduced last week of the March. Wizz Air has position itself as the Bosnian “domestic” air carrier offering the most destinations and seats than any other airline serving Bosnia and Herzegovina. Wizz Air has a base at Tuzla International Airport with two Airbus 320 aircraft stationed at the airport. Four years ago, Wizz Air entered Bosnian market with only two destination: Malmo and Basel. Malmo-Tuzla flights started on 31.05.2013. with two weekly flights. Flights to Basel followed on June 15. 2013. Flights were very popular and Wizz air reacted by adding flights from Gothenburg on 17.06.2013. In the year 2014 the airline started flights from Dortmund on 19.06.2014, following with Eindhoven on 22.06.2014. In the year 2015, Wizz air expended its operation at the airport by basing one Airbus 320 aircraft at Tuzla Int. Airport. Ever since Wizz Air has continued to expand its network and offer more destinations and seats from Tuzla making it very popular destination in Wizz Air network. Currently Wizz Air is serving 16 destinations from Tuzla and one destination from Sarajevo. This year Wizz Air is offering around 650.000 seats on its flights to and from two Bosnian airports. Next year we can expect destination network from Sarajevo to grow, while Tuzla could see more weekly flights on current destinations. Most popular destination from Tuzla is Malmo in Sweden. Currently flights to the Swedish city are offered at four times per week, from next month the number of weekly flights will grow to five weekly. New destinations that will need some time to develop are Bratislava and London-Luton, but even these routes have average cabin load factor over 70%. 

Wizz Air and Tuzla Airport passengers for May 2017 (May 01-10)

Source: Flying Bosnian

Saturday, May 6, 2017

✈Government to allocate 6 Million BAM for Airports


Bihac Airport render

Bihac Airport render

The Government of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina has approved transfer of funds from the 2017 budget, in the amount of 6 million Bosnian Marks (BAM), for the improvement of air transport infrastructure in Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Federal Ministry of Transport and Communications will oversee distribution of funds to the assigned projects at the three Bosnian airports (Mostar, Tuzla and Bihac). Each airport will get 2 million Bosnian Marks.

Tuzla new terminal render
Mostar Airport terminal render


Mostar Airport was approved transfer of 2 million BAM for:
Amount

Project
1.150.000 BAM
Platform (apron) extension
430.000 BAM
Subvention for airport operations for the year 2017
160.000 BAM
Purchase of aircraft handling equipment
80.000 BAM
Construction of cargo facility
60.000 BAM
Airport expansion project documentation
60.000 BAM
Maneuvering surfaces repair
50.000 BAM
Installation of equipment for parking charge
10.000 BAM
Purchase of IT equipment
2.000.000 BAM


Tuzla Airport was approved transfer of 2 million BAM for:
Amount

Project
1.570.000 BAM
Reconstruction of the terminal building with accompanying infrastructure
430.000 BAM
Subvention for airport operations for the year 2017
2.000.0000 BAM


Bihac Airport was approved transfer of 2 million BAM for:
Amount

Project
500.000 BAM
Airport construction project documentation
500.000 BAM
Relocation of existing facilities to free the space for building new airport
400.000 BAM
Construction of the access road
200.000 BAM
For licenses and permits
2.000.000 BAM


Note: 1BAM (Bosnian Mark)= 0,51 EURO/ 2 million BAM=1.022.000 EUR

Source: Flying Bosnian and Government of FBiH