Low cost terminal for Sarajevo
Sarajevo Airport intends to open a dedicated terminal for low cost airlines later this year. The building (pictured above) is presently being used by the airport’s management, which will move to its new headquarters later on this year and, as a result, vacate facilities for low cost airlines. The no frills terminal will be located next to the current passenger building (to be known as Terminal 2). Thus, Sarajevo Airport hopes to attract new low cost carries and boost passenger numbers, since services offered to airlines at the terminal will be cheaper than those currently provided. Pegasus Airlines is the only low cost airline operating flights to the Bosnian capital, while hybrids Norwegian Air Shuttle and Germanwings also serve Sarajevo.
The low cost terminal will be connected to the current passenger building. The airport’s management will move to its new location at the end of next month, after which work on adapting the building for no frills airlines will begin. In addition, Sarajevo Airport has announced plans to feature a prayer room for passengers. “We have had several requests for a prayer room, so we will look into opening one at Terminal 1 (low cost terminal) when we see how much room we have left”, the airport’s CEO, Ivica Veličan, says.
|Location of Sarajevo Airport's low cost terminal|
Sarajevo Airport has been in talks with Wizz Air to launch flights to the Bosnian capital for several years now. Negotiations have been going on and off since late 2011. Early last year, Mr. Veličan warned that slashing handling prices for Wizz Air would cause a “domino effect” which would force it to reduce taxes for other airline operating to Sarajevo as well. However, late last year talks were said to be back on. In January the CEO of the Dutch based low cost airline Transavia, Roy Scheerder, said the airline is considering launching flights from Amsterdam to Sarajevo. However, if the Air France - KLM subsidiary does launch flights to the Bosnian capital, it won’t do so before 2015. It remains to be seen whether the low cost terminal will attract new customers.