Soon in Sarajevo
Kuwait Airways will launch two weekly flights to Sarajevo from its hub in Kuwait City this summer. Services will be inaugurated on August 7 and will run until September 18 via Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport. One of the two flights will operate as a triangle service, with the routing Kuwait City - Istanbul - Sarajevo - Kuwait City, while the other will have a stop in Istanbul on the return leg as well. Flights between the Kuwaiti and Bosnian capital will operate with the 232 seat Airbus A300-600, featuring eighteen seats in both first and business class and a further 196 seats in economy class. Additional flight details can be found here.
Kuwait Airways’ arrival into Sarajevo, albeit for a limited time only, will mark the airline’s first destination in the former Yugoslavia. Last summer, the charter airline Gryphon Airlines, operated nonstop flights between Kuwait City and Sarajevo with its Boeing 767-200, recording strong loads. At one point it operated daily flights between the two cities. The airline has expressed interest to resume the route this summer as well, however, it remains to be seen whether it will go ahead considering the added competition.
Flights between Kuwait and Sarajevo rely not only on tourists and diaspora in the region, but also American servicemen from the Middle East heading to bases in Europe. On top of the service to Kuwait, Sarajevo will continue to see regular charter services to another city in the Middle East, Beirut, operated by Middle East Airlines. Flydubai intended to launch two weekly to the Bosnian capital from April but shelved such plans earlier this month. 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.