Sunday, June 24, 2012

Kuwait – Sarajevo flights launched

New Middle East link for Sarajevo
Regular charter flights between Kuwait City and Sarajevo were launched during the week, making the Bosnian capital the only in the former Yugoslavia to have a direct air link to the Gulf city state. Flights will operate once per week although some months see additional services. The route will run until the end of summer. Flights are being operated by US registered Gryphon Airlines with a leased Boeing 767-200 jet from Jet Asia Airways. Tickets are available for purchase through the airline’s website.

Sarajevo Airport was once no stranger to flights to the Middle East. In the late 1980s JAT Yugoslav Airlines operated direct services from Sarajevo to Baghdad, Amman and Damascus. Belgrade was the last capital in the former Yugoslavia to have a direct air link to Kuwait, as Jat Airways operated the flights in 2004 and 2005, as a technical stop to Dubai with full commercial rights on the Kuwait - Dubai - Kuwait sector. Today, Kuwait City is not the only air link Sarajevo has to the Middle East. The Lebanese national carrier, Middle East Airlines, continues to maintain a one weekly charter service to the Bosnian capital from Beirut with its Airbus A321. The flights mostly cater for Christian pilgrims visiting the Medjugorje sight.

The new arrival should help boost passenger numbers at Sarajevo Airport. While numbers this year have contracted mostly due to B&H Airlines scaling down its operations, the decline has been softened by the numerous charter services operating to the city this summer, which include flights to Tunis, Antalya and Izmir.


  1. @exyuaviation
    That's Gryphon Airlines, not Gryphon Airways.

    While this certainly is good news, I am hoping that SJJ will manage to attract more serious air carriers in the near future.

    1. I would think that any seasonal charter with 767 to airport of Sarajevo's size is serious stuff

    2. and it's a 767-200 operating the flights

    3. Yes,
      Gryphon Airlines and Jet Asia Airways not Airlines...

    4. A 767-200 i fear is too much capacity
      in this case and the prices do not
      help either!

  2. 1000$ for return ticket.. Too expensive!

  3. OT
    An extraordinary OS flight VIE BEG this night. OS 9759 VIE to BEG and OS 1460 returning at 02:05. Airbus 320 in retro livery. Does anyone know what's the reason for the flight apart from 8 daily flights between two cities?

  4. The OS1460 prefix is also used ex SJJ, I believe it is when an aircraft goes tech and then needs a new slot to depart after repairs


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