Saturday, May 19, 2012

SAS to Sarajevo

Soon in Sarajevo
Sarajevo 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.

13 comments:

  1. SK used to fly to SJJ from CPH 1-2W a few years ago (if you remember the "Snowflake"). I hope this time this will last longer...

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  2. Funny that they won't relaunch flights to BEG. Last time they failed due to visas, I'm pretty sure they'd fare much better this time.

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    1. No way, there is already Jat and Norwegian operating from CPH and Wizz Air from Malmö.
      The market is too saturated at the moment.

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  3. Well SAS will drop Sarajevo Also, they are so Americanized with a big fokus on american destinations! They had the opportunity to build regular flights between Copenhagen- Belgrade, Sarajevo and Zagreb loong time ago so they got their chance and failed witht their thinking./ Philswe

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    1. What are you saying man, maybe SAS will send their A340s to SJJ. You know, to cater for all the business demand ;D

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  4. Admin, OT: Volotea starts two weekly flights Venice (Marco Polo) - Split, starting on June 22nd.

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  5. SAS is the dinosaur of aviation in Scandinavia...
    they have very hard competition against Norvegian.

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  6. In ZAG today 2 big Boeing ACFT, B772 - Korean i B744 Air China :)

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  7. has anyone seen this:

    http://www.skybosnia.com/index.htm

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    1. Somebody to "investigate" ??

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  8. i hope SAS considers this route seriously, it would be a nice change from OS and LH monopoly for trips to SJJ....LH/OS tickets for this summer to SJJ are at their highest that i have seen in the past 10 years

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  9. SK obviously see money to be made now that JA can't operate any decent Scandinavian flights. I'm starting to think JA wouldn't find a drink in a brewery let alone know what to do with an airline...

    Let's hope its not the awful old MDs put into operation on the route: 150 seats each way on a very thirsty aircraft will struggle turn a profit. 2-3 weekly 319s would be a much better solution

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  10. Well, just got answer from SAS - they do not know anything about CPH - SJJ - CPH roumors.

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