Friday, July 29, 2011

New CEO for Sarajevo Airport

From Croatia Airlines representative to Sarajevo Airport CEO
A new acting CEO has been appointed at Sarajevo Airport. Former Croatia Airlines representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ivica Veličan, will now lead the country’s largest and busiest airport. He has been Croatia Airlines’ general manager for Bosnia and Herzegovina for the past 10 years. Croatia Airlines currently operates 2 daily flights to the Bosnian capital.

Veličan replaces Bakir Karahasanović, a Sarajevo Airport veteran who has been running the airport for the past 17 years. Karahasanović has been criticised for having an extremely high pay which exceeds that of the Prime Minister, although he also boasts some achievements to his name. During his time commercial flight operations resumed out of Sarajevo and the airport went through renovations and upgrades.

Ivica Veličan has been appointed as acting CEO by the Bosnian government. His job will be not only to attract new airlines but also to push through the Sarajevo Airport terminal expansion. The airport has been criticised for its high taxes, which some believe has been the reason why some airlines have stayed away from it. This year Sarajevo has seen steady passenger growth.

14 comments:

  1. "From Croatia Airlines representative to Sarajevo Airport CEO" - only in Bosnia lol.

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  2. I hope that change of CEO will finaly leave politic outside aviation, and i would like to see more LC on Sarajevo airport from now on.

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  3. OK - who cares? Can you publish more interesting news than this? With so many flights and destinations from ex you airports along Adriatic you can make like Saturday report from Dubrovnik with photo gallery or something? This is not ex you union of civil aviation employees. Bring some fun back. This is so boring.

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  4. It would be nice if Croatia Airlines based on of it's aircraft in SJJ and started offering non-stop flights to major hubs in Europe such as FRA, CDG, LHR. Can they do it, or they need 5th freedom rights? Not sure if Bosnia is under the Open Skies Agreement.

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  5. I disagree with some of the above comments that today's post is irrelevant. Karahasanović has done one hell of a good job avoiding the political wrangling and getting this airport open and running again after the siege in the 90s conflict. Pax numbers at the airport seem low, a reminder that the whole country is not only dysfunctional, but generally not flying. And we all know what a joke the 'national airline' is...

    Congratulations to Veličan, perhaps he would have preferred running OU instead of SJJ. Let's see him increase the pax and airlines using the airport.


    @ Sam

    In the way that JP has based an aircraft at PRN? With the way JA is cutting routes, it could be an opportunity. Unfortunately I don't see it happening because of the nationalistic sentiments in the country... If anyone could make an OU base work, the new man in charge is in the box seat!

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  6. @ frequentflier

    I know it's all about names. If Croatia Airlines was named something else, they probably wouldn't mind. Well, maybe that's something to give them to think about. Emotions still run very high when it's about politics and nationalism and people are still very sensitive to names. Maybe that Aeroput isn't bad idea :)

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  7. ^To second Anonymous
    You are so right .
    Every day is so BORING !
    Today News :
    This month Beard of CEO grew
    Longer !

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  8. Are all the people on here complaining that it's boring news all Serbs who are upset we don't have Belgrade propaganda plastered on the site?

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  9. B.Karahasanović was a person who looked to be in good relationship with any ruling party, he always looked to employ relatives or anybody else on request from ruling party. Veličanin is also a politically appointed by Social Democratic Party but as a Croat, so, nothing is changing basically. Mr. Veličanin will maybe change 17 years old habits.

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