Sunday, May 29, 2016

Bihać Airport construction to begin


The construction of Bihać Airport's terminal building, in north-western Bosnia and Herzegovina, is expected to begin soon, with the Federal government recently allocating some of the funds for the 13.2 million euro project. Last December, the municipal council in Bihać approved the creation of a public operator for the airport. Local authorities are in talks with Turkey's Çelebi Aviation Holding, a ground handling services company, to partake in the project's funding through a public private partnership. "There is also interest from a Saudi investment fund based in Dubai", Smail Toromanović, the advisor to the Mayor of Bihać, said. The aim is to develop the existing airfield into a commercial airport.

The Federal government of Bosnia and Herzegovina will provide just over one million euros for the airport on an annual basis. "After we receive the initial funding, we will issue a public call to obtain all necessary project documentation”, Mr Toromanović, said. He added, "This project is of great importance to the region for the development of both the local tourism industry and economy, even if the airport caters only for charter flights. The land around the airfield is owned by the city, so there should be no issues concerning possession rights". The Bihać-based Euroing company has completed the design of the future terminal building.

The Bihać Airport project will also encompass the construction of a new control tower and the lengthening of the runway from the current 1.200 metres to 2.000 metres. Authorities hope for the airport to handle both passenger and cargo flights. No firm timeframe has been given for the project's completion. Once built, it will become Bosnia and Herzegovina's fifth commercial airport, following Sarajevo, Tuzla, Mostar and Banja Luka, which handled a record 1.129.749 passengers in 2015. Bihać is located near the Croatian border and is the country's eighth largest city.

56 comments:

  1. I'm lovin' it!

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  2. The renders look nice. Will it happen? I doubt it.

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  3. They should have invested this money in Tuzla Airport and build this building there.

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    1. Well, since the population of Serbia is more than double that of Bosnia, a third functional airport there would make far more sense than a 5th functional one across the Drina. No?

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    2. Sorry. Meant as a reply to the 9:14 comment below.

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  4. Since they built a terminal in Užice I wouldn't be surprised they do the same here.

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  5. Why the hell they need this airport?

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    1. Why the hell does Užice need an airport? Or Kraljevo? Somebody would even say why Tuzla needs an airport and look at TZL today, almost 300k pax yearly.

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  6. Maybe they will use it to export meat to Turkey.

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    1. Steaks don't have to check in

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  7. I like the actual design of the terminal but I do think it should have been built in Tuzla and replace the current show box.

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    1. I agree with you. The planned terminal looks great but Tuzla should have priority. Tuzla have regular flights!

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  8. Does anyone know why Mostar Airport's numbers have been declining quite a bit recently. I remember a few years ago they were recording very strong growth. What happened?

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  9. What is a problem with people in exYU to spend money on stupid project?

    Morava airport = 0 passengers
    Užice airport = 0 passengers
    Trebnje airport = huge plans, company, employees, spent money, never built
    Banja Luka airport = lot of money spent, employees, subventions, for just 800 passengers per month
    Nikšić airport = plan to be build for what?
    Bihać airport = plan to be build for what?

    They spent millions of EUR for stupid no-use airport and people in Bosnia, Serbia and Montenegro are starving having the lowest standard in Europe...

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    1. You can add Rab Airport in Croatia to that list too.

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    2. Anonymous May 29, 2016 at 10:00 AM
      +1000
      I couldn't agree more with everything you said.

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    3. Rab????? Rab does not have airport. Not even a sport one!

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    4. Rab has aleady scheduled flights from ECA - even without an airport!

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    5. There is a project to build an airport on Rab and is ridiculous as Bihac Airport.

      "Rab Island, located off Croatia’s north-western coastline is likely to become the sight of the country’s tenth commercial airport. A total of 800.000 euros have been spent on various surveys and environmental impact reviews of the future airport sight, all of which have been financed through the European Union's Pre-Accession Assistance Funds. According to preliminary plans, the airport will be used for both domestic and international flights and will feature a 1.700 metre long and 45 metre wide runway. In addition, it will have the ability to accommodate aircraft with a capacity to seat up to 150 passengers. According to local authorities, the airport could handle over 200.000 passengers per year with some 50.000 arriving from the European Union and a further 75.000 travellers from Russia and the Far East. Rab Airport will also be able to handle cargo traffic and will feature hangars and pilot training facilities. The airport will also offer parking, which will be able accommodate 500 vehicles, a first aid and fire bridge service, customs, duty free and other facilities in line with international standards. However, concerns have been raised over the airport’s viability. Rab is sandwiched in between Rijeka and Lošinj airports, the latter of which is struggling to attract larger-volume traffic itself".

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    6. Rab make much more sense. It is huge tourist center and island. To come there you have to spent lot of money and time.

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  10. inteligentan i opravdan potez na nivou Morave, Ponikava, Trebinja, Niksica, Varazdina ...

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    1. Anon 10:02 AM.
      Podpuno se slazem sa vama. Vise auto puteva i aerodroma, manje odseljavanja tamo gde toga ima. Otisao sam pre 50 godina zbog loseg zivota u zelji Srbiji. Gde prestaju asphalt i nema aerodroma, od tih mesta se stanovnistvo odselilo, pomrlo, prazno, ne gladno. Kako ljudi nemogu da shvate da samo budak i motika nisu dovoljni da bi ljudi opstali tamo gde zive. Gde nema saobracaja, tu je vrlo, vrlo malo ostalo ljudi. Toliko i za gladne je dovoljno. A kriticari neka kritikuju. Spostovanjem Rodney & Aviation Team Sydney, Australia

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  11. OT
    I have noticed that on city pair ZRH-ZAG OU and LX usually use relatively small machine such is Q400 or AVRO. Is it matter of low demand or something else, Purger and others?

    ATCO

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    1. Smaller airplane for more frequencies. On that way they manage 3 flights per day with much better connection to ZRH and ZAG waves. As it is flight of some 1:30 hours Q400 is perfect for the route. Same thing is with VIE where you have 5 flights per day and MUC with 4 flights per day.

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    2. From another forum (Skyscrapercity), regarding ZRH-ZAG with Swiss, one comment:

      "Danas stigao Swissom iz Zuricha u Zagreb, odabrao Swiss jer je bio jeftiniji nego CA. LF economy class 100%, business class 4/10., zrakoplov RJ100"

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    3. https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/309/18780496630_ccce53e804_b.jpg

      CS100 entered service with the Swiss, this thing looks amazing.

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  12. They could arrange for a joint venture with Trebianje Airport :D

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  13. Looks nice. Agree with other people that Tuzla should have had priority with a terminal like this.

    Same thing with Kraljevo. Terminal looks great but should have been built in Nis or even as an extension to BEG.

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    1. I kakvo resenje Vi postovani gospodine Anon 11:51 AM. Imate sada kada je terminal napravljsen resenje?.
      Realno sta sada vi hocete, kada je ulozeno preko milijardu dinara!. Po meni jeste da se zavrsi potpuno aerodrome. Dozvoli dolasku LCC, Kargo, cartera... Vi ce te reci sta? Pozdrav Rodney, Sydney✈+😊

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  14. Is that the same airport as Željava air base? Little Golubic airfield has only 1 km grass strip, they can't seriously consider the latter?

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  15. Niš airport welcomed a 767 last night!

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  16. I don't understand us Balkan people. I mean, what's the use of all these new airports being built when your existing airports are barely functional with no scheduled service? Wouldn't it be better to upgrade Tuzla for example rather than build a new worthless airport?!

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  17. Both Uzice and Morava have VIP-Biz charters. They do have some traffic that is not recorded. The medical traffic is there as well.

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  18. OT: ČSA je vrlo dobro krenulo sa Zagrebom, stalno lete s AT7 umjesto AT4, večerašnji let iz Praga za Zagreb je skoro rasprodan, poslovna klasa kao i inače rasprodana,4 mjesta u ekonomskoj, sutrašnji let iz Zagreba za Prag poslovna opet rasprodana, 5 mjesta ostalo u ekonsomskoj klasi.

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    1. I also heard ČSA is doing great in Zagreb, nice to hear it!

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    2. Anonymous 2:01, where I can find info about avaliable seat on flight of CSA??
      Can you give me link? Tnx.

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    3. Anonymous 7:24, try:

      csa.cz

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    4. Anonymus 7:24 odi na stranicu czech airlinesa i pokreni rezervaciju leta za zagreb ili prag, datum po tvom odabiru.

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  19. The problem I see with this project is from which area would the y land and take off. The airport is close to the Croatian border and they would have to use Croatian airspace. I just look back that it took many years before Osijek was able to receive traffic, because many planes landing into Osijek start approah over Serbia. Just a thought

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  20. Is the plan to use the one of the runways from the old Zeljava air base or does Bihac have a different separate airport?

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    1. Different one, on the opposite side side of the city.

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  21. Bolje da su te pare ulozene u JA nabavkom 2 E90.
    INN-NS

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    1. Cak 2, za 13ak miliona eura? Zasto ne odmah 3, ili 5...

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    2. Sto se pravite toliko pametni .
      Da normalno 2 cena leasinga je od 150000 do 270000 Usd .
      INN-NS

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    3. I šta dalje? Uložiš u JA za 2 Embraera i onda ih ponovo održavaš u životu subvencijama jer samo tako može opstati, isto kao i svi u regionu jer su nerentabilni. Onda je bolje uložiti u aerodrome, dovesti strane kompanije da imaš jaku konkurenciju=pogodne cijene za putnike. Nemojte zaboraviti da su avio kompanije i aerodromi tu radi putnika, a ne obrnuto.

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  22. Bihac actually does need an airport, but both Zeljava and Golubic are wrong places to build one.....

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    1. Forgot to mention: elections are due this year in Bosnia.....

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  23. A country lit bit larger than Switzerland, not even half of the population of Switzerland. BIP per habitant not even 10% of the CH BIP/hab but needs how many airports? SJJ OMO TUZ BNX and now Bihac. 5... wow... feel sorry for all the people esp young people living in such countries under such no sense governments who give them no future. Very sad..

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    1. Hey all of those airport were built long time ago during Yugoslavia, SJJ OMO TZL and BNX...if there is a possibility for Bihac to do something similar like TZL did, then I do not see why they would not try?

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    2. Be realistic dude.

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  24. OT OT: Jet Airways is getting six 77Ws back from EY to upgrade capacity from A330. Why do you care? Because it will free up to six A330 for other uses such as lease to Air Serbia. Journalists claiming 9W wanted JU A330 back were so wrong...

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  25. Western Bosnia does need a functional airport (at least a seasonal one) as a large number of people live (probably half a million+) in Europe and further afield. When they want to travel to that area they either need to land in Zagreb or one of the airports on the Croatian coast. Because of the crap roads and infrastructure it then takes them another 3-6 hours car/bus travel to get to their destination. Banja Luka airport has not been fucntional for many years. Tuzla/Mostar/Sarajevo again have crap road links with western Bosnia. I guess it would be cheaper to make Banja Luka airport functional but with the current political establishment highly unlikely.

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