|Qatar Airways to make final decision on Sarajevo flights|
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina has confirmed that Qatar Airways plans to launch flights to Sarajevo and that final preparations are underway before the carrier officially announces the new service. The comments come two weeks after Foreign Minister Igor Crnadak met with his Qatari counterpart in Doha. “During my visit and the meetings held with the Emir and Minister of Foreign Affairs, it was confirmed that preparations are in their final phase and that we can expect for Qatar Airways to make a final decision on the establishment of nonstop Doha - Sarajevo flights very soon”, Mr Crnadak said yesterday. He added the new services will fuel tourism and will also provide travellers with better connections to far-away markets such as Australia and New Zealand.
According to the Minister, flights are expected to launch next year."There are no obstacles on our behalf and it is now up to Qatar Airways to decide when the service will be launched. Based on the talks I held, flights will likely be inaugurated next year", Mr Crnadak said. He noted, "The service to Doha will open the way for our travellers to fly to Australia and New Zealand with only a single transit point". This option is currently available with Flydubai as well. Qatar Airways has been in talks with Bosnian officials over the Sarajevo service for two years now. The airline says it does not comment on new route launches prior to their official announcement. It has already revealed a handful of new routes for next year, with flights to Birmingham announced only yesterday.
Qatar Airways currently operates daily flights to both Zagreb and Belgrade, with services to the latter running via Sofia. It is expected the airline will run nonstop flights to the Serbian capital from next summer season. Previously, services to Zagreb were operated via Budapest, making it highly likely that potential flights to Sarajevo would operate via another point in Eastern Europe. Flydubai, which launched services from its hub to Sarajevo last December, is currently the only Gulf carrier operating scheduled flights to Bosnia and Herzegovina. This winter season the airline will maintain two weekly flights from Dubai and, in cooperation with Emirates, offers connections to a number of destinations.