Sarajevo to be linked with Dubai soon
Following last week’s announcement from Emirates Group CEO, Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, that Flydubai will launch flights to Sarajevo, the airline now confirms its services to the Bosnian capital will begin in April. As the “Aviokarta.net” portal reports, flights from Dubai will operate twice per week. As a result, the two cities will be connected with a scheduled air link for the first time. Sarajevo becomes Flydubai’s third destinations in the former Yugoslavia, after Belgrade and Skopje. “Flydubai is doing good business and we are planning on launching two weekly flights from Sarajevo which will free up capacity on our Belgrade flights. As a result, next year we most likely won’t have the need to increase frequencies”, the airline’s Belgrade office tells “Aviokarta.net”.
The low cost airline is content with its current passenger loads on flights to and from the former Yugoslavia. Flights to Skopje, which launched in October, were proposed after the airline recorded a significant number of passengers from Macedonia using its service from Belgrade. The airline will be operating up to two flights per day over the next two weeks to the Serbian capital, with most flights sold out. Almost half of the passengers using Flydubai’s services in the former Yugoslavia are transit passengers, most of which continue on to Australia. The majority of Serbian passengers use the service to transfer on to flights to the Maldives and Kathmandu while Macedonians, besides Australia, also head to Afghanistan.
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. This summer the airport was served by regular charter flights from Kuwait City and Beirut. The Kuwait service, operated by Gryphon Airlines, was extremely successful and is expected to resume next summer as well.