Germanwings expands destination network from Sarajevo
Germanwings will launch flights from Berlin to Sarajevo this summer season, its third destination to the Bosnian capital after Cologne and Stuttgart. The new flights to Sarajevo, which will operate twice per week, will be inaugurated on April 15 and will run twice per week, every Tuesday and Thursday. Tickets are already on sale through the airline’s website. It marks the first time Sarajevo will have direct links to the German capital. While Germanwings is not a member of an alliance it is wholly owned by Lufthansa and strengthens Star Alliance’s hold over Sarajevo. Half of the scheduled airlines currently operating services to the Bosnian capital are members of the alliance. Germanwings is the second airline to announce new flights to Sarajevo this year after SAS Scandinavian Airlines. Flight details can be found here.
Besides Germanwings, Sarajevo Airport says it is still negotiating with Wizz Air on potential services to the city. In addition, the CEO of the Dutch based low cost airline Transavia, Roy Scheerder, said the airline is considering launching flights from Amsterdam to Sarajevo following talks with the Bosnian Ambassador to the Netherlands Ahmet Halilović. However, if the Air France - KLM subsidiary does launch flights to the Bosnian capital, it won’t do so before 2015. “They said one of the most important prerequisites for launching new flights is the tourist potential of the destination, interest from Dutch citizens and cooperation with local tour operators”, Ambassador Halilović said following the talks.
Sarajevo Airport is hoping for another record year in 2014 after posting strong passenger numbers last year. During January the airport again experienced problems with fog forcing its closure. B&H Airlines rerouted all of its flights to Tuzla and operated services out of the city. In 2014 Sarajevo Airport plans to expand its facilities, mainly the arrivals area, though such work will not see the actual expansion of the terminal building, only more rational use of space inside the terminal.