A July to forget at Sarajevo AirportSarajevo Airport has seen a major passenger plunge in July. Bosnia and Herzegovina’s busiest airport welcomed only 69.346 passengers, a decrease of 14.4% compared to the same month last year when it handled 81.042 passengers. It is the third consecutive month that the airport has seen its numbers plummet. The figures have been affected by B&H Airlines’ cut in operations. The Bosnian national carrier handled only 29.459 passengers in the first half of the year, a 54.9% plunge on 2011.
Recently, rumours have been circulating that the Bosnian government is planning to introduce a new passenger tax at Sarajevo Airport which would further boost ticket prices. However, the Bosnian Civil Aviation Directorate has told EX-YU aviation news that they are unaware of any proposal for the introduction of new taxes. Currently, passengers have to fork out 28 euros for taxes at Sarajevo Airport which, many believe, is why low cost airlines have mostly stayed away from the Bosnian capital.
However, there is some good news as well. The charter company Gryphon Airlines has now introduced daily flights between Kuwait City and Sarajevo. Flights are operating with a Boeing 767. This winter, Sarajevo will be served by eight airlines with scheduled flights. The low cost Niki, which was considering launching services from Vienna, has decided against the move.