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Saturday, December 10, 2022

✈Bosnian airports: Flight diversions due to low visibility

Due to low visibility at Banja Luka and Sarajevo Airports, flights were diverted to Tuzla. Two Ryanair flights were diverted from Banja Luka to Tuzla, one from Milan-Bergamo and the other from Stockholm-Arlanda. Also, two flights from Sarajevo were diverted to Tuzla, Pegasus Airlines flight from Istanbul-Sabiha and the other Wizz Air from Abu Dhabi. With diverted flights Tuzla Airport handled 11 arriving flights, seven regular scheduled departing flights and one unscheduled diverted flight to Istanbul. Passengers for Istanbul flight were transported by bus from Sarajevo to Tuzla to get on Istanbul flight, while passengers for Abu Dhabi flight were transported to Sarajevo also by bus. Wizz Air returning flight to Abu Dhabi is scheduled to leave Tuzla to Sarajevo tomorrow morning, and then continue to Abu Dhabi. During winter months low visibility with fog is causing major flight disruptions on all airports in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Until this year the majority of flights that couldn’t land at Banja Luka airport were diverted to Zagreb, while Tuzla flights were diverted to Belgrade, Sarajevo flights most of the time were sent back to its original starting airport. As of last month, flight diversions are coordinated between airports in  Bosnia and Herzegovina, avoiding major inconvenience for passengers with border crossings when flights were diverted to neighboring countries.

Tuzla International Airport Arrivals for 09/12/2022

All airports in Bosnia and Herzegovina need landing lighting and Instrument Landing Systems upgrades. While Sarajevo and Mostar are very limited to ILS upgrades due to their geographical position and surrounding terrain, Banja Luka and Tuzla could be upgraded to any existing ILS category. Air travel is becoming very popular way of traveling for all of Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially in last five years. With major European low cost carriers adding flights to Bosnian airports, passenger numbers have increased dramatically, making Bosnia and Herzegovina as one of European fastest growing markets for air travel. I order to keep growing, and avoid expensive flight cancelations, all Bosnian airports need to do major investments in all areas of airport operations, from navigation to terminal and apron expansions.

Explanation of ILS (Instrument Landing System)

Category I (CAT I): a decision height not lower than 60 m (200 ft) and with either a visibility not less than 800 m or a runway visual range not less than 550 m

Category II (CAT II): a decision height lower than 60 m (200 ft), but not lower than 30 m (100 ft) and a runway visual range not less than 300 m

Category IIIA (CAT IIIA): a decision height lower than 30 m (100 ft) or no decision height and a runway visual range not less than 175 m

Category IIIB (CAT IIIB): a decision height lower than 15 m (50 ft) or no decision height and a runway visual range less than 175 m, but not less than 50 m

Category IIIC (CAT IIIC): no decision height and no runway visual range limitation

Source: Z.K. @flyingbosnian


Anonymous said...

At last. I know it's far from enough, but this could be an opportunity for additional development of airports in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Anonymous said...

CATIII at SJJ would be super costly with questionable ROI (surrounding buildings + hill to be excavated) at the current aircraft frequency. This is why re-routing aircraft to other airports in Bosnia could be a feasible solution in critical days/weeks. Either way, there is a potential here to be exploited.

Mihael said...

737 Max 8-200 has 197 passengers, not 189
Otherwise great article.