Skipping SarajevoThe French airline Air Méditerranée, which was to commence seasonal summer flights from Paris to Sarajevo next month, has cancelled all planned services. Flights were supposed to operate once per week, every Tuesday, and were to be inaugurated on July 3. The service was to run until September 4. A 217 seat Airbus A321 was scheduled for the route with return ticket prices, taxes included, set at 190 euros.
Stefan Buljat, the head of the tour operator which initiated the new service, says there is still hope that the route will be launched this summer in August. However, tour operator Point Africa, which was also involved in the project, explains that there was little interest from passengers for the flights. On the other hand, it is also claimed that Point Africa’s financial problems are the real reason behind the cancellation.
The former national carrier of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Air Bosna, used to operate flights from Sarajevo to Paris prior to its bankruptcy. At one point Air France also served the Bosnian capital. In May, Sarajevo Airport welcomed 55.107 passengers, down 3% on the same month last year. So far, in the first five months of the year, Bosnia’s busiest airport handled 201.106 passengers, a decrease of 5% compared to last year.