Tuzla Int. Airport, photo my Mirza Ibrahimovic
June 1st 2016. is the date when first airplane
loaded with food of animal origin made by Bosnian farmers should take off from
Tuzla International Airport heading to Turkey, officially establishing international
cargo traffic from the airport. With the start of cargo flights, Tuzla airport and whole region sees great opportunity for economic development.
Minister of Trade, Tourism and Transport of Tuzla County
Mirsad Gluhic stated in an interview to Klix.ba that the establishment of cargo
traffic will be of great importance for the economy of this region and for the whole
of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Republic of Turkey
and Bosnia and Herzegovina have both signed an agreement on duty-free export of
fresh meat and products made from fresh meat as of two years ago. Last year
meat was exported from airports in both Sarajevo and Banjaluka. However, fraud
involving Bosnian companies abusing duty-free export of meat to Turkey by
importing meat from other European countries (Poland and Romania) and labeling it
as a product of Bosnian origin, have seriously shaken the stability of this
agreement. The export of meat was suspended at the beginning of the year. During
official visit of members of Bosnian presidency to Turkey and meeting with the Turkish
president, export of meat is unblocked under very strict rules. Bosnian
officials agreed to investigate and prosecute the companies and individuals
responsible for fraud. The prosecutor's
office of Bosnia and Herzegovina and State Investigation and Protection Agency
(SIPA) are investigating companies involved in this fraud.
During this year alone, 6,000 tons of fresh beef and 1,000
tons of beef products will be exported to Turkey. Last year a total of 47 million
Euros worth of meat was exported, compared to 2,8 million Euros in the year
2014. Five companies from Bosnia and Herzegovina got
approval to export fresh meat and meat products by air to Turkey.
Sarajevo Int. Airport, Turkish Airlines Airbus 330F
given a second opportunity to export meat to Turkey, and this time we cannot
afford to do something wrong. The agreement is a form of support of Republic of
Turkey to Bosnia and Herzegovina, it is clearly stated that we can export only
products made in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Authorities on the highest level, including
the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina have to be involved to
monitor the work of all subjects involved in export “said Minister Gluhic.
Tuzla Int. Airport, photo by Kontrolaletenja.net
Airport is providing separate cargo platform through which it will carry out
cargo operations. Freight air traffic is separated from the passenger. Tuzla
County Government headed by Prime Minister Bego Gutic has invested great efforts
in Tuzla Airport to obtain all permits to transport perishable goods. At the
moment we have a great increase in passenger traffic, and with cargo operations
in place in the coming period we have to start a process of expanding and modernization
of the airport, which will surely be a great support to the Tuzla county
economy, concludes Gluhic.
Banja Luka Int. Airport, photo by banjaluka-airport.com
Exports of meat
from Bosnia and Herzegovinay to Turkey in 2015 were done through airports
Sarajevo and Banjaluka. At the beginning of this year airports in Tuzla and
Mostar received necessary permits for exports of meat to Turkey as well. All
airports in Bosnia and Herzegovina are competing for air cargo flights to
Turkey since all flight are operated with wide body aircraft from Turkish
Airlines (Airbus 330F) and MNG Airlines (Airbus 310F), representing great
income to the airports. Each aircraft can carry up to 45 tons of cargo. Last
year air cargo traffic to Turkey was the only source of income for Banjaluka
airport. During this year most of the cargo flights to Turkey will be carried
out from airports in Sarajevo and Tuzla. In 2016. Turkish Airlines is scheduled to operate 74 round trip cargo flights from Tuzla to Istanbul Ataturk Airport. Flights will operate 2 to 3 times per week (depending on demand) with Airbus 330-200 freighter aircraft, capable to carry up to 64 metric tons of cargo.