Friday, June 14, 2013

Record numbers at Sarajevo Airport

Sarajevo Airport gears up for busy summer

Following a strong performance in May, Sarajevo Airport has seen its busiest start to June since it opened its doors back in 1969. The airport handled 18.410 passengers during the first week of the month, up 18.7% compared to the same period last year. In May alone, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s busiest airport welcomed 65.495 passengers, up a notable 19% compared to May of 2012. The growth is being driven by a significant increase in the number of operated flights. Sarajevo Airport recorded a combined total of 516 arriving and departing flights last month, up an impressive 15%. In the first five months of the year, Sarajevo Airport handled 230.790 passengers, an increase of 14.8% compared to the same period last year.

The exceptional results come despite problems B&H Airlines faced earlier in the year, which saw many of its flights cancelled. The Bosnian national carrier is still operating services with one aircraft, since the other is grounded due to technical problems and is unlikely to join the fleet until September. However, other airlines have seen a significant boost in numbers, led by Turkish Airlines which is currently operating eighteen weekly flights between the Bosnian capital and Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport. Numbers have been further propped up by the arrival of Pegasus Airlines earlier in the year. Sarajevo Airport also continues to cater for a significant number of charter flights, many of which are flying pilgrims visiting the Medjugorje sight.

Sarajevo Airport can expect to see its numbers continue to grow with Kuwait Airways to launch flights to the city via Istanbul in August. Furthermore, Norwegian Air Shuttle has turned its seasonal Stockholm - Sarajevo service into all year long flights and will continue to operate to the Bosnian capital during the winter months. Wizz Air is still a possible new arrival at the airport as both sides look to resolve their differences over fees which could potentially see the low cost airline in Sarajevo, following the successful launch of its Tuzla flights.

13 comments:

  1. I hope you guys can see this picture It is a picture of gates A1 and A2. The jet bridges were removed and new ones will be installed soon.

    Good job BEG, I am really happy that they have taken the modernization of the airport seriously.

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc1/474733_597689326931678_1119297616_o.jpg

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  2. Sarajevo expects on SUn, June-16-2013 the most frequent sun in the history!!!

    More then 2700 passengers are expected.

    Planed flights:

    06:30 ZAGREB Croatia DH4
    06:30 BELGRAD JAT B737-300
    07:35 VIENNA Austrian A320
    08:50 ISTANBUL-IST Turkish A321
    10:00 ISTANBUL-IST B&H ATR72
    13:10 MUNICH Lufthansa A320
    14:10 ISTANBUL-IST Turkish B737-800
    14:15 ANTALYA Corendon A320
    15:00 VIENNA Austrian A321
    16:05 ISTANBUL-SAW Pegasus B737-800
    16:15 ZAGREB Croatia DH4
    16:30 ZURICH B&H ATR72
    16:35 LJUBLJANA Adria CRJ 900
    16:50 WARSAW LOT E 175
    20:35 ISTANBUL-IST Turkish B737-800

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  3. Etihads only codeshare flight with Jat is on BEG-SJJ route.. at least for now. EY5952/5953.
    From tomorrow EY starts AUH-BEG and WZZ starts BEG-RHO.. nice addition.
    Its nice to see 3 flights departing to Middle East - AUH, DXB and DOH @1305, 1325 and 1510 on sunday.

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    1. I wonder if this codeshare will have an impact on Jat's loads to Sarajevo.
      I am really looking forward to seeing what next destinations will be loaded.

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    2. Sure it will have!

      JAT flies with 737-300 to Sarajevo instead of ATR 72

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    3. Yeah but that could be due to a lack of Atrs in the fleet.

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    4. Belgrade -Sarajevo flights are sought after especially by tourists who can not choose between these destinations
      and thus are able to visit both.
      On Internet you find some discussions about that matter.
      Jats flights are mentioned as good and cheap solution,
      especially for visitors who dont want to loose time by taking buses or train.

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  4. Any news about wizz to OMO? All those pilgrims to Medjugorje would be much better off flying there.

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  5. Congratulations to SJJ from SKP!

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  6. what is going on with tuzla? how often have they been having flights there since first June and, in average, how many passengers has wizz been carrying to malme etc..

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    1. It has been three times a week TZL - Malmo, Basel starts tomorrow, twice a week and Gothenburg on Monday twice a week.

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  7. Etihad upgraded its service BEG-AUH to A320, instead of A319. Does anyone know is this temporary?

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  8. Well i hope its temporary!
    Frequency goes before capacity.
    Smaller aircraft also means better loadfactor.

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