Work on Bihać Airport project begins


Site preparation work for the construction of a new commercial airport in Bihać, in north-western Bosnia and Herzegovina, has commenced. An access road to the future airport complex is under construction, while a perimeter fence has also been erected. The Federal Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina allocated a further 1.3 million euros for the project this week, on top of the 3.3 million euros provided over the past two years. "We will carry out preparatory work and finalise the project itself by the end of the year. We have already started the procedure for land expropriation, since the airport currently sits on 26 hectares. Of course, we will need much more space for this project. We are also currently raising additional funds for the runway", the General Manager of Bihać Airport, Elvedin Sedić, said.

The ambitious development of Bihać Airport is set for completion within the next three years. However, the Prime Minister of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Fadil Novalić, has expressed his disappointment with the pace of work. "Some things have been done but I visited Bihać twice last year and there was a completely different set of deadlines. The airport's management simply isn't sticking to them. The Federation has invested significant funds in this project and provided professional assistance. A few months ago the General Manager of Tuzla Airport, Rifet Karasalihović, visited Bihać on my orders and shared his knowledge and expertise", Mr Novalić said. He added that his government is aware there are insufficient funds for the construction of the runway and, as a result, is seeking a private investor to partake in the project. The Kuwaiti Investment Fund and Turkey's Çelebi Aviation Holding, a ground handling services company, have both expressed interest in providing funds and managing the airport in the future.

Despite plans for the construction of the runway to begin by the end of the year, this is now unlikely to occur. The winning design for the airport's terminal building was selected earlier this year (pictured above), with the entire project valued between twenty and 25 million euros. It includes the construction of a runway, passenger terminal and a control tower. "We must continue to provide financial support because this region won't see a boom in tourism it deserves without an airport", the Bosniak member of the tripartite Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bakir Izetbegović, said. Bihać is located near the Croatian border and is the country's eighth largest city.


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  1. Invest the money in existing airports. There really is no need for a fifth one, especially in this location.

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    1. Why? This airport could attract toirists and gastos.

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    2. This airport could serve a part of Croatia too.

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    3. People dont forget its election year in BiH, dont be stupid, this is Trebinje v2!

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    4. Is it just me or it seems to be an election year in Bosnia every year.

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    5. Yes every 2 year election, national/federal/regional/cantonal election and after 2 years local election

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    6. Exactly. Not a single one of the 4 airports can even achieve 1 million passengers, but they need another one.
      Another one which they want to start building with a couple of million euro. If that doesn't smack of empty promises, than it can only be corruption.
      Meanwhile, they are moving so slowly about building at least the main highway framework.

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    7. Bosnian politicians are always corrupt as hell

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  2. Would there be an issue with landing since Bihac is on the boarder?

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    1. Why would that be an issue? It seems that boarders close to the airports are only issue in Balkans. Basel Mulhouse, Geneva, Weeze are perfect examples how that can work in a simle way without too much philosophy.

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    2. I know Osijek has some issues over planes landing because the air navigation control mixes between Croatia and Serbia. Something like that. That's why I ask.

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    3. If that is so it is insane! It is not like we are in war any more. Passenger and plane safety should be above some imaginary lines. Madness. Even Kosovo bound planes BKPR are allowed to fly Serbian airspace to avoid thunderstorms.

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    4. The question is why are aircraft going to Pristina only allowed to fly Serba in case of thunderstorms? Why not all the time?

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    5. What's a boarder, precious?

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    6. Zagreb is literally on the Slovenian border. Dubrovnik is essentially sitting on two borders: with Bosnia and Montenegro. What kind of problems should there be?

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  3. I'm surprised this project has seen the light of day. I thought it would just end as pre election stunt.

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    1. This start of construction is also a preelection stunt :D

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  4. Why does a small country like BiH need 5 airports?

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    1. The terrain of the country in Bosnia makes it difficult and long to get from one place to the other just to use the airport. Plus of course the political make up of the country which means everyone wants to have their own airport.

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    2. I think 4 functioning commercial airports is enough.

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    3. Crazy to think that every village in BiH should have an airport :D

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    4. then build ONE decent highway instead of 10 airports, omg...

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  5. How much can be done for less than €5mil?

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  6. I would love if they raised funds and built an entirely new airport in Sarajevo that would work 24 hours and wouldn't have weather related problems.

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  7. Absolutely no need for this project. There are other things money could be better spent on.

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    1. Like there is....?

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  8. I like the proposed design for Bihac Airport.

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    1. Agree. The design actually looks good. I like it.

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    2. And they optimistically have Jet Blue on the render :D

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    3. Well at least it's not the usual A380 all the airports have.

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    4. All the ex-Yu airports have in their renders I mean.

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  9. If they find a private investor to build this then I don't mind but I'm not for wasting public money on such a project.

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    1. There´s actually not even ONE Airport project in Ex-Yu built by a "private investor". It´s either the state or very profitable concessions that are making it possible.

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  10. I have heard so many stories of Turkish investors wanting to build airports in ex-Yu and nothing ever happens of it.

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    1. Well they built new terminals in Pristina and Skopje.

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  11. Bihac-Dortmund by Wizz Air

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  12. I suggest a joint venture with Ponikve, Morava, Trebinje, Niksic, Varazdin airports.

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    1. lol megalomania is an issue in the Balkans.

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    2. @ 9.54 under the leadership of Maribor Airport's SHS Aviation!

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    3. What's the use of building all these new airports when the existing ones are barely functional??

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  13. I'm lovin' it!

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

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    1. And that worked out well...

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    2. Both Uzice and Morava have VIP and business charters.

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    3. I doubt that was worth the money spent?

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    4. That was not supposed to be a question haha mistake

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    5. There is also medical traffic at Uzice and Kraljevo.

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  15. And let's not forget Airport Trebinje.

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  16. Oh wow! Five airports! BiH will have the largest number of airports after Hrvatsko. Even competing with other Eastern countries:

    Czechia: PRG, BRQ, OSR, KLV, PED
    Slovak Rep: BTS, KSC, SLD, TAT
    Hungary: BUD, DEB, SOB
    Bulgaria: SOF, BOJ, VAR, PDV, GOZ
    Srbija: BEG, INI
    Slovenija: LJU, MBX, POW

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  17. I doubt this project will materialise. They will just waist some money on project documentation and roads and that's it.

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  18. Is this the Željava base??

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    1. No Zeljava is completely unusable. There are still mines around the entire airport. Also part of it is in Croatian territory.

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  19. Well elections are this year

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  20. For the "expert critics here":
    Bihac is 5 hours of driving away from Sarajevo. Train/bus is about 7-9 hours.
    There are more than 100000 people from this area (Una-Sana Canton) living aboad ("diaspora").
    At the same time, there are no valid arguments against this airport.
    Bosnia, like many other countries around and farther away lacks air infrastructure. Even more "airports" should be built.

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    1. Yes!!! JetBlue direct flights JFK<->BHC

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    2. Napravi postene autoceste i problem rijesen.

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