Soon in SarajevoSarajevo Airport has announced on its Facebook page that Scandinavian Airlines SAS will launch scheduled services from Copenhagen to the Bosnian capital this July. The announcement is yet to be officially confirmed by the airline. “The management of Sarajevo Airport is constantly working on attracting new airlines, both low cost and others. We are proud to announce that from July SAS will launch flights Sarajevo - Copenhagen, while Turkish Airlines will introduce a further three weekly flights to Istanbul”, the airport says.
The new route launch will be welcomed by travellers but could serve as a major blow to B&H Airlines which operates flights between the two cities. Officially B&H carries out three weekly flights between Sarajevo and the Danish capital, however, some services are often cancelled due to an ongoing fleet shortage. Furthermore, the journey with B&H is made less attractive as the flight to Copenhagen is operated by an ATR72, significantly prolonging journey time.
SAS once operated services to Sarajevo. Currently it is present in the EX-YU region with flights to Priština and seasonal services to Croatian coastal cities. With these new flights, as well as additional frequencies from Turkish and seasonal services to Paris, to be operated by Air Méditerranée, Sarajevo Airport will hope to overturn its passenger decline. In the first quarter Sarajevo Airport welcomed 96.290, down 8% on last year.