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Friday, December 21, 2018

✈ Eurowings to resum Mostar flights!

Mostar Airport has reached agreement with Eurowings to restart seasonal flights from Mostar to Duesseldorf and Stuttgart in summer of 2019. Flights from Duesseldorf will restart on May 5th with one weekly service, while flights from Stuttgart will start one month later on June 5th with two weekly flights. Flights are scheduled to operate with Airbus 319 aircraft.

Duesseldorf-Mostar schedule

Stuttgart-Mostar schedule

Source: Mostar Airport and Eurowings

Monday, December 17, 2018

✈Bosnia and Herzegovina air transport statistics for November

In November Sarajevo airport recorded 62.253 passengers, representing an increase of 7% compared to the same month of the last year. In period January-November airport recorded 993.218 passengers, a new record for the airport.On December 5th 2018 Sarajevo Airport welcomed its 1.000.000 passenger, a new record in airports 49 years history. 

Tuzla Airport has seen its passenger numbers decline by 18% due to Wizz Air converting four routes to summer seasonal and frequency cuts on existing routes. Winter cuts are coming as a result of airport's management not being able to meet basic infrastructure conditions for airport to run safe operations during winter months when visibility is low. Installation of new approach lightning system has been delayed for second winter in a row due to incompetent  management of the airport to complete the task, even though all funds are provided and financed by the Government of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. 
Another major issue contributing to Wizz air flight cuts from Tuzla is terminal building reconstruction, with finishing date  being delayed numerous times. Terminal building was scheduled to be finished before April of this year but unfortunately work is still going on without the set date for terminal completion. Yet again airport management is to blame for choosing construction company without any references and previous experience in airport terminal construction.

Banja Luka Airport recorded its busiest month ever since opening its doors in 1976. The airport recorded 8.272 passengers, an increase of 730% compared to November of the last year. Record numbers increases are result of Ryanair starting flights to the city from Brussels-Charleroi, Memmingen and Stockholm-Skavsta. Banja Luka airport is expecting to finish this year with 35.000 passengers. 

Mostar Airport has seen passenger numbers increase in November by 50%, but year to date airport has seen major decrease in passengers handled, due to Mistral Air discontinuing all charter flights from Italy to Mostar. Year to date airport handled 27.982 passengers, representing a decrease of 35% compared to the same time of last year when airport recorded 42.723 passengers. 
Croatia Airlines is the only airline operating flights to Mostar, with two weekly flights from Zagreb. During November Croatia Airlines transported  279 passengers on 14 flights. Flights were operated with Dash 8-400 aircraft with capacity to seat 76 passengers. Croatia Airlines managed to sell only 279 seats out of 1064 available, with average cabin load factor of only 26%. These flights are heavily subsidized by the Government of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Neretva County, but with such poor interest and very low load factor the future of these flights is very uncertain. 

During January-September all four international airports in Bosnia and Herzegovina recorded 1.594.208 passengers, representing an increase of 9% compared to the same period of last year. Bosnia and Herzegovina is expecting to finish this year with 1,7 million air passengers. In last four years number of air passengers in Bosnia and Herzegovina has almost doubled, from 956.870 passengers in 2014 to over 1,7 million this year. The trend is expected to continue in following years with 8-10% increase on average, with new low cost carrier routes from Banja Luka, launch of FlyBosnia flights from Sarajevo and possible Wizz Air expansion in Tuzla and Mostar.  

Source: Flying Bosnian and BHDCA

Saturday, December 8, 2018

✈Turkish Airlines S19 charter flights Sarajevo-Antalya

Travel agencies from Bosnia and Herzegovina have started selling tourist packages for Turkish Riviera for summer of 2019. Turkish Airlines will operate largest number of the charter flights, a total of 89 round-trip flights are scheduled, representing an increase of 59% compared to the summer of the last year. Turkish Airlines will operate six flights per week from May 31. to September 21, with Boeing 737-800 aircraft, offering a total of 29.370 seats in both directions. For vacation package bookings please visit

Source: Flying Bosnian

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

✈Sarajevo International Airport welcomes millionth passenger!

Sarajevo International Airport handled its millionth passenger today, Aida Birno who was flying to Istanbul with Turkish Airlines, is the first millionth traveler in a single calendar year for the airport. The one millionth passenger was awarded with Gift Certificates for the Airport’s Duty Free Shop and Turkish Airlines round trip ticket  from Sarajevo to Istanbul.
This figure represents a growth of 9 percent over the same period of last year, and growth of 25 percent compared to 2016. With more than 1.000.000 passengers per year, 13.000 flight operations and handling more than two million kilograms of cargo goods, Sarajevo International Airport is the busiest airport in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sarajevo International Airport Director Armin Kajmakovic, who presented a gift to a happy passenger, noted that this was very important event in the history of the airport.
"My sincere congratulations to our millionth passenger and to our most important strategic airline partner Turkish Airlines, who transports the largest number of passengers from the airport with 20% passenger share, "Kajmakovic said.

Source: Sarajevo Airport

✈ Record November for Sarajevo Airport

Source: Flying Bosnian and Sarajevo Int. Airport

✈Monastir – Sarajevo Tunisair S19 new scheduled charter route

Tunisair in summer 2019 season plans to add various scheduled charter service from Monastir and Tunis, operating once a week. Planned new scheduled charter flights as follow.

Monastir – Dublin 13JUN19 – 26SEP19 1 weekly A319
TU8226 MIR1735 – 2100DUB 319 4
TU8227 DUB2200 – 0130+1MIR 319 4

Monastir – Naples 15JUL19 – 09SEP19 1 weekly 737-600
TU4402 MIR1645 – 1905NAP 736 1
TU4403 NAP1955 – 2015MIR 736 1

Monastir – Sarajevo 10JUN19 – 09SEP19 1 weekly 737-600
TU7280 MIR0610 – 0915SJJ 736 1
TU7281 SJJ1000 – 1105MIR 736 1

Tunis – Verona 10JUN19 – 30SEP19 1 weekly A320
TU4586 TUN2000 – 2245VRN 32A 1
TU4587 VRN2345 – 0025+1TUN 32A 1

Source: Routesonline

✈Ryanair to start Berlin - Banja Luka flights!

Ryanair opened reservations for its fourth route from Banja Luka,  Berlin Schönefeld Airport, will be served with two weekly flights starting April 03. 2019. Flights are already on sale at

Berlin Airport (SXF) – Banja Luka Airport (BNX)
Flight number
Flight times
Operating days
Valid from-to
FR 2730
FR 2730

Banja Luka Airport (BNX) – Berlin Airport (BNX)
Flight number
Flight times
Operating days
Valid from-to
FR 2731
FR 2731

Source: Flying Bosnian and

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

✈Qatar Airways Cabin Crew Recruitment Event in Sarajevo

Venue:  HOTEL RADON PLAZA - Džemala Bijedića 185, 71 000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Date:    08th December 2018
Time:    09:00 am Sharp
Attire:   Formal business attire

About Your Job:
As the National Airline of the State of Qatar, we seek to reflect the best of Qatar's warm and generous hospitality.
The Qatar Airways Cabin Crew team is growing. We are looking for candidates who can deliver our mission by providing "Excellence in everything we do". Known for our 5 star hospitality, we look for future Cabin Crew who can be part of our "World Class Global Brand". Join our multinational Cabin Crew Team and enjoy a tax-free remuneration package including accommodation, allowances and transportation for duty.

About You:
To be part of this winning team, you need to meet the following requirements:
  • Minimum age of 21 years
  • Minimum arm reach of 212 cms on tip toes
  • Minimum high school education with fluency in written and spoken English
  • Excellent health and fitness
  • Willingness to relocate to Doha, Qatar
  • Outgoing personality with good interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a multinational team.

Source: Qatar Airways

Monday, November 19, 2018

✈Eurowings cancels Mostar flights!

Bosnia and Herzegovina Aviation News has received confirmation from Eurowings about Mostar flight cancellation. After operating flights for just couple of months Eurowings has suspended  all flight sales from/to Mostar. Initially Eurowings planned to operate flights twice per week from Dusseldorf and Stuttgart with an Airbus 319 aircraft (144 seats) but due to low sales flights were downgraded to much smaller Dash 8-400 aircraft (76 seats). Flights from Dusseldorf and Stuttgart to Mostar were introduced in May of this year and operated until second week of October. At the end of summer season flights from Dusseldorf saw additional reduction and were operated only once per week. At the moment Mostar Airport is connected with Zagreb with two weekly flights. Flights to Zagreb are operated by Croatia Airlines and are heavily subsidized by the Government of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Due to very low interest flights to Zagreb see regular cancellations. Politically appointed management of the airport is proving again how incompetent they are in running the airport. While all airports in Bosnia and Herzegovina are expecting record 2019, Mostar Airport is facing an uncertain future.

Source: Flying Bosnian

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.”