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Thursday, September 26, 2019

✈ Laudamotion to launch Banjaluka-Vienna flights!

Laudamotion, an Austrian low-cost airline subsidiary of Ryanair, announced its big expansion for the summer of 2020 with 17 new routes from Vienna. Banja Luka International Airport is included in this expansion with two weekly flights from Vienna to Bosnia’s second largest city. Flights are scheduled to operate twice a week beginning on March 30th, 2020. Flights will operate by Ryanair with Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Source: Flying Bosnian and Laudamotion

Thursday, September 19, 2019

✈FlyBosnia inaugural flight Sarajevo - London !

FlyBosnia today celebrated its inaugural flight from London Luton Airport to Sarajevo International. The ceremony was attended by senior figures from FlyBosnia, including CEO Tarik Bilalbegović, who was greeted by CCO of London Luton Airport, Jonathan Pollard. They were joined by dignitaries including HE Vanja Filipović, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the UK and HE Matt Field, British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
UK Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina H.E. Matt Field on first flight from Sarajevo to London. 

Jonathan Pollard, LLA's Chief Commercial Officer said: “We are delighted that FlyBosnia has chosen London Luton Airport as its UK base. This is the first and only direct flight to Sarajevo to operate from any UK airport in over a decade so we are delighted to be part of this success.”
Tarik Bilalbegović FlyBosnia CEO said: “It is a great pleasure for me to be here today on the occasion of our inaugural flight from London to Sarajevo. FlyBosnia has ambitious plans for expansion and London is a key destination for us, as our first European destination – other European cities will be following closely behind.”
To celebrate its first flight, FlyBosnia is hosting a group of more than one hundred travel agents, media representatives and community figures. They will be visiting Sarajevo and exploring other attractions in the region, including the historic city of Mostar.
HE Vanja Filipović, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Ambassador to the UK said: how delighted he was to be attending the occasion. He noted: “This is a wonderful opportunity to open up tourism to my country, as well as strengthening commercial links with the UK. I am sure that the travel agents, media and other guests on the inaugural flight will have a wonderful time exploring Bosnia and Herzegovina and we look forward to welcoming many more British visitors to our country from now on.”
About London Luton Airport: 
London Luton Airport (LLA) is one of the UK’s largest airports and carried 16.6 million passengers in 2018, an increase of 5% on 2017. The airport indirectly employs over 9,400 staff and is a key economic driver for the region. 
easyJet, Wizz Air, Ryanair, Tui, EL AL, Blue Air, SunExpress, FlyBosnia, Level and Vueling currently operate from the airport. The airport’s route network serves 150 destinations in Europe, Africa, and Asia.
The airport is operated and developed by a consortium of which the majority shareholder is AENA, the world’s largest airport operator, and AMP Capital, a specialist global investment manager.
LLA has invested over £160million to transform the airport and increase capacity to 18 million passengers per year by 2020. The redevelopment includes a complete redesign of the terminal, bringing in more than 40 new shops and restaurants and an additional 3,000 seats. LLA has also carried out major upgrades to transport links, including improved road access from the M1, new car parking facilities, and a remodelled bus and coach interchange.
Passengers travelling by rail will benefit from upgraded rail links to Luton Airport Parkway station as part of a new partnership agreement with Abellio, which will operate the East Midlands Railway for the next eight years. A half-hourly express rail service between London and Luton Airport Parkway will launch in December 2020. In addition, work is well underway on a £225 million light rail system linking the airport with Luton Airport Parkway station and is anticipated to be completed by 2021. The project is being delivered by the airport owners, LLAL – a company owned by Luton Council.
Contact Details:
London Luton Airport Press Office – 01582 395333
Source: London Luton Airport and Flying Bosnian

Thursday, September 5, 2019

✈Record August for Sarajevo Airport

Sarajevo Airport has recorded its busiest August on the record since opening its doors 50 years ago. During the month of August, the airport has recorded 178.943 passengers, representing an increase of 12,18%, or 19.437 passengers more compared to the same month of the last year. Year to date airport recorded 817.606 passengers, representing an increase of 9,15% or 68.578 passengers more. 

Double digit increase in passengers was fueled by the introduction of many flights to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain. During August FlyBosnia operated daily flights to Riyadh, two weekly flights to Jeddah and Kuwait and one weekly flights to Bahrain, Gassim and Monastir. Also, during last month the airline operated 12 flights from Medina to Sarajevo bringing around 1.700 Bosian pilgrims returning home from Hajj pilgrimage. 

Flynas had strong presence in Sarajevo during the last month with its daily flights from Riyadh and five weekly flights from Jeddah. Initially Flynas scheduled 3 weekly flights from Riyadh and two weekly flights from Jeddah, but due to extremely high demand flights were upgraded to daily and five weekly. 

Qatar Airways significantly increased capacity on its Doha-Sarajevo route by upgrading aircraft from Airbus 320 to Airbus 321 for the first half of the month, and increasing it again to Airbus 330-200 during the second half of August. 

From the first week of June until the last week of August demand for airline seats from: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman is increasing every year, due to many tourist agencies offering vacation packages to Bosnia and Herzegovina promoting Halal tourism. In the past three years many tourists from these countries switched from vacationing in Turkey and other European countries to Bosnia and Herzegovina due to its hospitality towards Muslim population and safety. In coming years, we can see these numbers growing with more airlines discovering Bosnia and Herzegovina as perfect tourist destination.

New flights operating this year (August 2019 vs. August 2018)
Weekly flights
Aegean Airlines
2 weekly
2 weekly
7 weekly

2 weekly

2 weekly

1 weekly

1 weekly

1 weekly
7 weekly

5 weekly
1 weekly


31 weekly

Compared to August 2018 number of weekly flights from Sarajevo Airport increased by 31 new weekly flights.

Source: Flying Bosnian and Sarajevo Airport

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

✈Tuzla Airport statistics for August 2019

Last month Tuzla International Airport recorded 2% passenger’s growth. 66.722 passengers traveled through the airport, compared to 65.364 in August 2018, or 1.358 passengers more. Year to date Tuzla International Airport recorded 405.522 passengers, representing a slight decrease of 0,64% or 2.649 passengers less.

Source: Flying Bosnian and Tuzla Airport