Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Qatar Airways to launch Sarajevo on August 16


Qatar Airways has confirmed it will inaugurate its long awaited three weekly service from Doha to Sarajevo on August 16. Tickets are expected to go on sale this week with the airline to maintain a morning departure from Doha, arriving in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina prior to midday, before commencing its return journey an hour later. The airline becomes the first of the so-called "Middle East Big Three" carriers to serve Sarajevo. Qatar Airways has previously delayed the service launch on several occasions. Initially, flights were to begin on September 7, 2016 but were later pushed back to November 2. However, ticket sales were eventually suspended and the route was put on hold. The airline said the flights were moved around due to a delay in aircraft deliveries on order. However, with the economic sanctions imposed on Qatar by several Gulf states, the airline was able to redirect capacity and bring forward its plans for Sarajevo.

Qatar Airways A320 business class

Commenting on its new Sarajevo service, Qatar Airways' CEO, Akbar Al-Baker, previously said, “Qatar Airways prides itself on being a global connector, and most importantly, providing seamless and convenient connections for our customers, so that we remain their airline of choice. This new destination is where our customers want to go, and where we see the most opportunity to provide a best-in-class experience at great value. We look forward to growing our network and welcoming new passengers to Qatar Airways". Services to Sarajevo will operate with a 132-seat Airbus A320 aircraft, featuring twelve seats in business class and the remaining 120 in economy, the airline said in a statement. Although both Air Arabia and Nesma Airlines maintain seasonal services from the Middle East to Sarajevo, it is Flydubai that will be competing for transfer passengers against Qatar Airways.

Qatar Airways A320 economy class

Qatar Airways is putting a greater focus on the former Yugoslavia this year. The airline recently increased operations to Zagreb from ten weekly to double daily as of July 1, while capacity on its four weekly Belgrade service has been increased from the Airbus A320 to the A321. It will be followed up with the introduction of an additional three weekly flights from October 1. On the other hand, the airline will commence a four weekly service to Skopje from next Monday and has said it is considering future operations to Ljubljana as well. Bosnia and Herzegovina and Qatar signed a new Air Service Agreement this May, regulating air traffic between the two countries. "As a global airline, we are committed to connecting cities such as Sarajevo and Skopje to our worldwide network. We are delighted to soon be celebrating these new and exciting destinations, connecting business and leisure passengers from the region to Doha and onwards", the airline told EX-YU Aviation News. In preparation for its new service to Sarajevo, the airline is hiring for a number of positions in the city.

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    1. Good to see Sarajevo getting new carriers, hopefully they'll attract more carriers in coming months and years.

      Million passengers @Sarajevo now a real possibility.

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  2. Isn't it a bit late to start selling tickets a month before flights start?

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    1. It depends. For example, if it's a BEG route then it's not just late - it is a clear indicator that it's not going to happen in our lifetime. Fake news.

      If it's another exYU destination then it is business as usual, this is how all airlines normally do things.

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    2. Its a Gulf airline
      They can afford to do weird things

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    3. Qatar Airways doesn't really worry about profits so its safe to say they will stay in all ex-Yu markets regardless. This gives them enough time to develop the route. Also, since Qatar is hosting the 2022 world cup they want to practically fly everywhere by then.

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    4. Alen Šćuric PurgerJuly 12, 2017 at 10:12 AM

      They are desperate to put planes that are stored because of ban to ME destinations, in any possible operation. It is cheaper than to have them grounded. Even if that means opening route in less then one month from selling tickets. Look just how unplaned and urgent they upgrade ZAG route to 14 per week.

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    5. Al Baker even said last year or in 2015 that only about 50% of their routes were profitable, 20% break even and the rest were unprofitable.

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    6. Yes, it seems some plans were rushed ahead over suddenly many available 320s. It will take some time for the market to pick up, but presumably TK and EK (in ZAG), FZ/TK in BEG and TK in SJJ/SKP will take unexpected hit in the process. Especially seeing EK already decreasing ops in ZAG with QR actually now more likely to go double daily full time. Inflexibility of EK due to wide body only could become a nightmare for them during winter here in ZAG.....too much capacity and too low frequency compared to competition (QR and TK, but mostly QR) that uses much more adequate equipment for the market. QR will in that case surely aim to go for a kill....

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    7. Route profitability is not that simple; airlines that live on connections do not look at it indiviudally,but with effect to other routes. For instance, DOH BKK can be losing, but makes CDG, MAD profitable etc...P2P carriers look at it individually while airlines like EK/QR/EY and similar definitely always look wider, as their business plan is very different. SJJ itself can be big time loser, but the effect on other routes outweighs it.

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    8. They have done the same with Prague. Launching flights next month and loaded them just a week ago in the system.

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    9. Btw, ZAG now with double daily also in August as per GDS. Apparently September and October will follow shortly as well.

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    10. ^ That's good to hear, as expected.

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  3. Great news for Sarajevo!

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  4. The Middle East demand for Sarajevo is really huge. Apparently booking for Wataniya Airways from Kuwait is also doing great. Maybe we see Emirates in Sarajevo sooner rather than later.

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    1. Can a B777 land in Sarajevo?

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    2. It can though it could be performance penalized in certain conditions.

      JU flew the DC-10 during the Olympics in 1984.

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    3. I think the runway is long enough, the only issue might be the actual operational handling of 777.

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    4. They'd get around handing a 777 if incapable now... performance wise, linking SJJ to DXB via BEG would likely be the optimal for payload, allowing them them minimal - if any restrictions while maximizing route potential.

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    5. The big issue when Sarajevo is concerned and airlines from the Gulf is extreme seasonality. In winter there are no passengers, in summer you could even fill an A380.

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    6. SJJ is one of the rare places in exYu that should be able to smooth out seasonality very nicely considering all the ski resorts that are practically half our drive from the airport. Unfortunately they never managed to develop them properly even with the Olympics and of course the war didn't help.

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    7. Sarajevo Runway is too short for B777 or A350/A380. Might be able to handle half empty DC-10-30 or A330, but that's the limit of the Runway. 2500m simply ain't enough.

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    8. To all "experts" here:
      Emirates flies from Dublin´s 2637m long runway 6000km to Dubai....
      Explain that!

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  5. I wish they launched Doha-Sarajevo-Ljubljana.

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  6. Great news for the diaspora in Australia The EK/FZ combo is not very convenient with terminal changes and different baggage policies.

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    1. Is there a big Bosnian diaspora in Australia?

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    2. Around 40,000 people but this statistic is blurred because the question asks where they were born in the census and many of those are Bosnian Serbs who exclusively fly to Belgrade, visit family in Serbia and then go by car or bus to Bosnia.

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    3. Also those from Banja Luka end up flying on EY and JU to BNX.

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  7. Fantastic news! Who would have thought a couple of years ago that Qatar Airways would be flying to 4 ex-Yu cities.

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    1. Qatar is flying to almost every village, that no suprise.

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    2. Benefits of having both narrowbody and widebody fleet; they can adapt much more easily to this region in compariosn with EK for instance. Hope they do well in SJJ!

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    3. QR is becoming the new TK. Flying to as many cities in the world as they possibly can.

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    4. Except for Bahrain, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt :D

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    5. And it seems like that ban will be kept on until at least the end of the year.

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  8. Excellent. It makes sense that they went nonstop to Sarajevo instead of having a technical stop seeing as Fly Dubai and Air Arabia offer nonstop flights. There is obviously huge demand between the Middle East and Sarajevo since Fly Dubai and Air Arabia fly even daily during the summer, plus flights to Kuwait and Riyadh.

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  9. What I find even more exciting is that we finally have a One World airline serving SJJ :D

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    1. +1 the star alliance cartel at SJJ was getting ridiculous.

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    2. same in SKP, total Star Alliance dominance

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    3. And absolute Wizz Air dominance :D

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    4. I ment legacy carriers

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    5. Skopje has 1.900.000 passengers this year

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    6. @Anon 4:00 PM

      1.8 million I think

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  10. Hopefully they put tickets on sale before 19th July so Sarajevo can be included in their global sale since tickets are currently 40% discounted.

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    1. Don't worry, even if they don't as soon as they put a new destination on sale they offer some dumping prices so I'm sure there will be Sarajevo-related promotions.

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  11. Fantastic news for Sarajevo this year! :)

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  12. This is what the 6th new airline at Sarajevo this year? Good work.

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    1. Sarajevo will definitely have 900,000 passengers in 2017 unless there is fog again all through winter.

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    2. Ciji good work ??? Dosle kompanije same jer je trenutno Sarajevo glavna atrakcija Zaljevskih zemalja, a ovi samo koordinirali. Sta ce biti good work u zimu kad najmanje 4 od njih odu ?!?!? Mislim da ni kod Wizza i Budimpeste nemaju velike zasluge osim u cjenkanju sa Madzarima.

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    3. Točno to! SJJ je možda najlošije vođena ZL na prostoru ex-yu

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    4. SJJ nije ZL vec Aerodrom.

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    5. Alen Šćuric PurgerJuly 12, 2017 at 10:16 AM

      Banja Luka??????
      Maribor??????
      Mostar??????

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    6. Anonymous 9:48 AM:
      U BiH ima tri (3) sluzbena jezika gdje Hrvatski, Bosanski/Bosnjacki te Srpski stoje jedno pored drugog i sva tri se koriste u pravnom saobracaju i u svako dnevnom kontaktu izmedu osoba.

      Odnosno, SJJ je i "Medunarodna zracna luka Sarajevo" = Hr, "Medunaradni aerodrom Sarajevo" = Bs/Sr te "Meђунaрoдни aeрoдрoм Сapajeвo" = Sr.

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    7. Anon 3.25PM
      Tri su sluzbena jezika, nijedan od njih nije bosnjacki.
      Aerodrom Sarajevo je registrovan kao J.P. Međunarodni aerodrom "Sarajevo" d.o.o.
      Ne znam kako je u HR ili RS, ali u BIH se nazivi firmi NE PREVODE.

      P.S. Koje ime kod vas nosi prozvodjac automobila Volkswagen?

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    8. Kada pričaš o Frankfurtskoj zračnoj luci, zoveš li je Fraport? To je "registrivano" ime kompanije. Ili o Aeroports de Paris? Pa da se ni ne zna ni na koji od tri aeroporta se misli? Ne nazivamo ovde zračne luke po kompanijama... jer bi onda ona u ljubljani također bila Fraport Slovenija d.o.o. Niti će talijan kada priča na svom jeziku reci "aerodrom sarajevo". Kad netko priča svojim jezikom na kaže zračna luka, aerodrom ili Flughafen. Zato ne liječi pod krinkom tobožnih korektnih naziva, koji to čak ni nisu, frustracije koje imaš naspram hrvatima ili njihovom jeziku. I nije prvi put da ti se ti vidi iz komentara na ovome portalu. A ti slobodno kaži AERODROM Zagreb, jer je to u tvome jeziku korektno.

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    9. P.s. Nisam onaj anonymous gore, niti često komentiram, ali na takvu slabo prikrivenu mržnju moram reagirati. I zato da, bit će za nas uvijek zračna luka Sarajevo, koja se nalazi u sarajevskoj županiji.

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  13. Well I would say this is the second serious airline announcement for the Gulf after FlyDubai a few years ago. Good luck :)

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    1. It will be interesting to see how FZ responds to this.

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    2. Reduce prices? They have become expensive.

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  14. Great opportunity for 13 extra aviation experts of B&H to get employed by Qatar Airways !!!

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    1. Yes! I think it is the biggest number of employment opportunities offered in aviation in Bosnia in the last 10 years!

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  15. Mark my words their next destination in ex-Yu will be Pristina.

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    1. Possibly, but I think Ljubljana is next up.

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    2. I think they will cover PRN through SKP similar to LJU with ZAG.

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    3. With QR starting seasonal ops. I would not be surprised if we see Dubrovnik next year.

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    4. Alen Šćuric PurgerJuly 12, 2017 at 10:17 AM

      Possible new routes:
      Dubrovnik
      Split
      Priština
      Ljubljana

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    5. If they launch LJU then it will be the end of EK in ZAG. QR has smaller planes so it's more flexible but if EK loses the Slovenian passengers then it will be a big hit for them.

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    6. Every day every night same wish, end of EK in Zagreb.

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    7. Currently Qatar has 30 destinations waiting to be launched, so I don't think we will see any new ex-yu routes for a while.

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    8. Well, ex YU is ideal for 320 which they have abundance of...and many of new destinations are wide body doable only. So, it wouldn't be a total surprise to see LJU in a couple of months if Qatar leaves GCC.

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    9. Anonymus 10:35, Slovenes are just a part of their passengers. This myth of the Slovenians filthy rich and traveling all around the world is funny and not true.

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    10. Anon 2.02

      So that's why Qatar, Emirates and flydubai all courted the Slovenian market when they launched their ZAG flights. Also flydubai said it themselves that Slovenes made up more than 20% of their passengers

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    11. of course they courted the market as it gravitates towards ZAG and none of them serves LJU. Any passenger counts, but if Slovenia market had such potential to be make it or break it, then you would have at least seen 2 weekly FZ there. That doesn't say it is not important, but definitely not the prime target. Anyway, let's see if all of these new developments bring QR to LJU.

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    12. Anomymus 2:25, you wrote that "if they launch LJU that will be the end of EK in ZG". And then "20% of their passengers...". So 20% would be the end of EK in ZAG? :D And if there is such a huge demand from LJU, how come you still don't have carriers flying to the ME? Maybe now you'll get QR, so you can be happy :)

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  16. Sarajevo schedule is pretty much the same as in Skopje and all other ex-Yu cities so people can catch onward flights to Australia.

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    1. No its not. Skopje will have four flights. And 1.900.000 passengers thats million more than SA. Its not the "SAME".

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    2. I was talking about the schedule. Take a chill pill.

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    3. So the schedule its not the same because SKP will have more flights to DOHA. That's why its NOT the same.

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    4. Schedule means TIMES which are almost the same.

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  17. Any special introductory price ex Sarajevo? Can't find any.

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    1. It says that tickets will be on sale later in the week. They haven't started yet.

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  18. Would it not have been better to go daily right away and fly with routing DOH-SKP-SJJ?

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    1. That would not be competitive against Flydubai that flies to both cities nonstop.

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    2. Plus then it wouldn't fit into QR's Australia departure or arrival wave.

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    3. Skopje has ONE MILLION passengers MORE than SA. And Qatar goes four weekly in SKP. Its not the same.

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  19. Perhaps western European airlines have underestimated SJJ.

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  20. Bravo, Sarajevo!

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  21. I'm sure these flights will work out well. The touristic potential is growing from month to month and numbers of tourists increase constantly.

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  22. If BiH can sell itself to Kuwaiti tourists successfully, what's to say that it cannot do the same with Qatar? There already is visa liberalization for Qatari passport holders. I think this route has potential.

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    1. Obviously many are not aware of the potential that Balkan has. Bosnia has one of the highest tourism growths in the world and various profiles of tourist that are visiting it for different reasons.

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    2. Can you elaborate, please? I am curious.

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    3. So strange info concerning the fact we can not find those data on BiH statistics pages.

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  23. It will be interesting to see how Qatar will perform to Sarajevo without the ability to transfer passengers to key Middle East markets because of the ban.

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    1. Yeah especially since demand for these gulf airline on flights to Sarajevo are generated within the gulf itself which is not the case with other ex-Yu destinations.

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  24. I'm happy they are finally starting flights to Sarajevo and I hope there won't be more delays. They really treated this route poorly. Cancelled it 3 times, even started ticket sales and then suspended it. If it were an ex-Yu airline doing that people here would be kicking and screaming.

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    1. They originally planned 4 per week but have gone for 3 per week in the end. I think this time it is final and flights will definitely start.

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  25. How many times per week will Fly dubai fly to Sarajevo this winter?

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    1. 3x per week.

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    2. Sorry might be pushing it a bit but do you know what days?

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    3. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

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    4. Thank you! So they will compete head to head with Qatar or Wednesdays and Fridays.

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    5. Also their flight times will be almost identical.

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  26. They have loaded a Sarajevo destination guide on their website so flights will probably be loaded today or tomorrow.

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    1. I'm curious to see what the fares will be like.

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  27. I know QR announced Sarajevo last year but would we have seen it launched now if the Qatar crisis didn't happen?

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    1. Probably would have been moved until 2018. SJJ wasn't a priority for them.

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  28. Planned schedule will be:
    6.40-11.30 (DOH-SJJ) and 12.30-6.45pm (SJJ-DOH).

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    1. Very similar to Skopje.

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    2. ... and Belgrade and Zagreb.

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    3. It's the same everywhere because it is their departure wave. The planes come back at the same time since all of the ex-yu destinations have more or less the same flight times.

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    4. Not similar to ZAG.

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    5. Well, ZAG has more than one daily, so that's why, so it is connected to both DOH banks.

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    6. Makes sense that it's not the same given that ZAG has the greatest demand to the East

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    7. Zagreb has the least competition to the East thereby double-daily flights on some days by QR.

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    8. Another jealous Anon (2.31) who purposely didn't mention EK and its state of the art B777 in ZAG. It's ok, one day it will come to BEG... be patient, it's just another decade. LOL

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    9. Dude, BEG has an A330 based there which is as much 'state-of-the-art' don't worry.

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  29. So this year we have Wizz Air, TUI, Atlasglobal, Qatar Airways, Nesma Airlines and Wataniya Airways all new at Sarajevo Airport plus new destination from Eurowings this winter!

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    1. I would have thought there would have been bigger passenger growth this year with all those new airlines.

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    2. Me too. Should be much over 7%.

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    3. That was because of slower winter but numbers will really pick up now. In June growth was 19%!

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  30. Very good news for Bosnia and Sarajevo.

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  31. I hope this time they actually launch it!

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  32. Admine, kada vijest o "strong growth" u Puli?

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  33. OT

    Starting tomorrow, BEG will get charter flights from IKA operated by Qeshm Air's A320. These charters are organized by a local tour operator called Big Blue.

    Things are looking up for Belgrade and this is a step closer to reaching those 5.5, maybe even 5.6 million passengers.

    Also, in the first six months, INI welcomed 150.198 passengers.

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    1. Let me add that Arkia has finally loaded their own BEG flights into the system:

      ---4--7
      TLV-BEG 15.40-17.40
      BEG-TLV 18.40-22.30

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  34. Great news for Sarajevo. I hope we get some other surprises by the end of the year.

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  35. OT

    Today's Airtransat numbers at ZAG

    TS300 YYZ-ZAG 316 pax
    TS301 ZAG-YYZ 286 pax

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    1. Nice. Good load. Not surprised that they increase to 2 flights pw.

      That is 87,3% LF

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  36. Nice. Now all we need is a few more European routes and that should be a pretty good offer from Sarajevo.

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    1. They need to start work on expanding the terminal ASAP.

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  37. OT

    LX operations to/ex INI this weekend

    LX2512/14 ZRHINI 06/158 overbooked -2
    LX2513/14 INIZRH 00/042

    LX2512/16 ZRHINI 03/172 overbooked -4
    LX2513/16 INIZRH 01/122

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    1. Fantastic and mind you this is after Germania launched flights. I wonder if they are doing as well.

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    2. Indeed. No clue about Germania's loads.

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    3. I wonder if LX could have operated three weekly with their C-series.

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  38. With Sarajevo probably ending around 930 000 passengers this year, and Tuzla around 490 000 (Mostar and Banja Luka are not worth mentioning), how likely is it that Bosnian market will outperform the Slovenian one in terms of passenger numbers? Could it happen this year, or potentially next year, as Bosnian airports will probably continue growing?

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    1. Doubt it. LJU is experiencing strong growth and will reach 1.7 this year.

      What's good is that Bosnia has overtaken Macedonia, so that's at least something.

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    2. Oh really? I thought Skopje + Ohrid were performing better than Sarajevo + Tuzla? That´s nice to hear, finally Bosnia will have an increase in the share when it comes to overall numbers of passengers in ex-Yu. :)

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    3. No it has not. Macedonia has 2 million passengers in total for 2017.

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  39. SJJ will quietly beat SKP. Same for INI. No extra Ryanair flights this Xmas

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    1. Yes of course. The difference is 1 million passengers for SKP. LOL

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    2. Yeah but what will happen when subsidies run out? Hmmm... SJJ doesn't pay airline to fly there

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    3. Lord, this pi*s contest has become laughable.

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  40. News:Qatar Airways will start to fly to Kiev from the 28th of August 2017!

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    1. Mate, this is ex-yu aviation, find yourself a blog for ukraine aviation and post it there.

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    2. I don't mind when people share 'unrelated' news, it's interesting especially when it's from countries not too far from our region.

      It's not against this portal's rules. If you mind it find yourself a blog exclusively for ex-YU.

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    3. Qatar is also non-exyu company, so nobody should mention them.

      Only mention the world's best airlines, like Air Serbia, Croatia and Adria Airways and the busiest and the best airports in the world, only in exyu.

      Free speech and all that.

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    4. The difference is when Qatar is launching flights to ex-Yu then it should be mentioned. @8.10 this is a blog exclusively for ex-Yu so I don't think he has to go and find anything. You should.

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