Sarajevo to complete new terminal by late 2020


Construction of Sarajevo Airport's new passenger terminal is progressing with work scheduled to be completed by November 2020. "Currently, this is our most important investment where we will increase capacity by 900.000 passengers per year. We signed the construction contract in August 2018. Although work was delayed by two months due to complaints from one of the parties taking part in the tender, we are now progressing full steam ahead", Sarajevo Airport's General Manager, Armin Kajmaković, said. He added, "We will get 10.000 square metres of extra space spread over four floors, twelve check-in desks and new air bridges. In total, the airport will have the capacity to handle two million passengers per year". The new terminal will be linked to the existing one to form a single functioning unit.

Construction work on new terminal

Work has also begun on the construction of a small stand-alone VIP terminal. "In line with other modern airports across the globe, Sarajevo will have its own exclusive VIP lounge at a separate location, which will offer direct access to the apron", Mr Kajmaković said. The facility will spread over 300 square metres and is valued at 770.000 euros. Construction work is expected to be completed within the next nine months. Sarajevo Airport will also build a new business and administrative building which will house offices for staff. Valued at 3.1 million euros, the new facility will be located in between the new passenger terminal and control tower.

New VIP terminal

Sarajevo Airport will also undertake airside work as part of its modernisation project. The main apron will be expanded, while the overhaul on the runway and taxiways is also expected. It has been described as an "extremely challenging project", valued at 10.2 million euros. Sarajevo airport handled 174.508 passengers during the first quarter, representing an increase of 3.2%. It added an additional 5.384 travellers on the same period last year. Over the next month, Flynas is due to launch services from Riyadh to Sarajevo, Eurowings will commence new flights from Berlin, Aegean Airlines will inaugurate operations from Athens, while FlyBosnia will commence commercial flights.

New business and administrative HQ



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  1. Nice work Sarajevo. Great to see the airport developing.

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  2. It's good to see that they are attracting more airlines.

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    1. Aegean is a good start. Would be nice to see British Airways return.

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    2. Air France too.

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    3. I agree with Anon 09:08h.
      BA used to operated 3 weekly LGW-SJJ in March 2007, but the flights were suspended 1.5 years later due to the high fuel costs. If I am not mistaken, they were operated by their then beautiful 737-400. Jahorina was promoted during winter as the Brits are known to love ski.

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    4. BA has started expanding in the region lately with Ljubljana and Split added this summer, so hopefully we will see some other ex-Yu airports in following years.

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    5. BA doesn't even fly to BEG. I just do not see them launching SJJ first. Unless visa restrictions are lifted I don't expect BA to use valuable LHR slots for flights to SJJ, BEG, TGD, SKP or PRN.

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    6. They don't need to use LHR slots for SJJ or elsewhere in ex-yu, they operate european flights from Gatwick as well

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    7. pozdrav iz Rijeke flights from LGK are O&D traffic so SJJ traffic wont be able to connect to their transatlantic network. That is the most important reason to have BA. For just going to London/England there are so many other cheaper options.

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    8. Didn't Wizz Air also reduce/cut TZL-LTN?

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    9. Yes, London was suspended from Tuzla. Visas are a big issue.

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    10. Flybosnia said they would fly Sarajevo-London. Gatwick and Luton are in play
      https://www.exyuaviation.com/2019/03/flybosnia-mulls-london-airport-options.html

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    11. @An.10.25
      Please refrain from commenting things you have no clue about. British Airways network from Gatwick includes Algiers, Marakesh, Cape Town, Mauritius, Maldives, Miami New York San Francisco, Orlando, Tampa, Barbados, Cancun, Mexico, Kingston, Lima and several European and UK destinations non served from SJJ.

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    12. BA doesn't start SPU this year. I think LHR is operated the 3rd summer season now.
      City Airport LCY will be a new BA destination out of SPU, Emb 190 is operating.

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    13. SPU to LCY by BA ERJ was April 1st joke on Avioradar :) No business market route, and SPU already more than satisfactory connected to almost all London airports, for tourist and diaspora markets

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    14. It's no April's fool joke. It is very much official and on sale. Their stupid joke was about Brac.

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    15. Split was announced in December 2018
      https://www.exyuaviation.com/2018/12/british-airways-continues-ex-yu.html

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    16. @An.17.40
      My mistake. I do apologize. But wow that means that SPU rocks :)

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  3. As long as they add plenty of toilets in the departure lounge, improve catering facilities I will be a very happy customer.

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  4. Congratulations, SJJ! I really love the scenery around the airport terminal.
    I do think that airport itself is way too underrated and deserves much more connections. So, hopefully by 2021 we see more carriers.

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  5. Yay they will add more air bridges. Anyone know how many?

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    1. Judging by the amount of space they are adding, I would say another 2.

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    2. Yes, there will be total of 4 airbridges. So +2.

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  6. I like the separated VIP terminal. Apparently they are just converting some old storage space.

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    1. Where is it located?

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    2. If it has airside access like it says in the article then in line somewhere with the terminal building/control tower.

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  7. Fantastic developments.

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    1. Good to see some progress although several years too late. I'm happiest about seeing some new European routes being open. Long overdue.

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    2. Yes, finally things moving in the right direction at SJJ.

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  8. Any new renders of the terminal building? Any from inside?

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  9. They first said how they would finish the terminal expansion by the end of 2018!

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    1. Better late then never I guess.

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    2. You really expected them to be on time?

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    3. Nothing happens on time in Bosnia, 20 years ago they were planning mains sewerage on my road, we are still waiting!

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    4. To o tacnosti vazi za citavu regiju. A zavrsetak radova 2018. se odnosi na stare planove prosirenja aerodroma.

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  10. Looking forward to the new terminal in Sarajevo.

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  11. Aegean another Star Alliance carrier. the Star dominance at Sarajevo is quite striking.

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    1. It has to do with gastarbeiter traffic. It just happens that most Bosnian diaspora is located in countries with Star Alliance airlines.

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    2. Sarajevo has huge potential and it is still missing a lot of viable routes.

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    3. @An.10.20
      Not so sure gasto people use that much Lufthansa, SAS Swiss and Austrian. Their prices are like 3 or 4 times bigger than LCC's flying to nearby airports within Bosnia or in Croatia. Even OU is ridiculously expensive. The only acceptable Star carriers in terms of prices are LOT and Aegean, but as far as I know they don't fly to SJJ. Or maybe LOT does, not sure. And I 'm not sure that THY, the biggest Star in SJJ is carrying gasto people from there to IST

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    4. You forgot JP, who is also flying to SJJ with 1 hour layover what is not bad at all. Its pricing is also quite competitive.

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  12. They have been delaying the runway work for quite a while. Will there be closures of the airport when it eventually begins?

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    1. Exactly. The most pressing issue to deal with after the terminal is the runway. I hope they can do the reconstruction without closing the airport.

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    2. Is there any approximate date when this should start?

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    3. No, it's always being delayed.

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    4. It is also really expensive.

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  13. I'm glad modernization will happen. Good luck SJJ.

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  14. Can't wait to see the completed project.

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  15. A LJU će do 2022 dovršiti priopćenje za medije o tome kako je sve super i kako su ljubljanski taksisti dodali još dva auta na liniji do centra.
    BRAVO FRAPORT! BRAVO NIJEMCI! BRAVO ALENKA BRATOUŠEK!

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  16. Is SAS returning to Sarajevo this summer or have flights been suspended?

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    1. No, they have been cut. They performed badly in 2018. Thy cut the season considerably.
      https://www.exyuaviation.com/2018/12/sas-ends-sarajevo-service.html

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    2. Shame :(

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    3. Wonder why it didn't work for them. Lot of diaspora in Denmark.

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    4. Who are Bosnians using to get to Scandinavia? It's a huge diaspora.

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    5. Norwegian flies to Sarajevo. Also I assume Wizz has taken a portion of passengers with their Tuzla flights.

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  17. FlyBosnia will have a good impact on passenger numbers.

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  18. wow nice. Congrats Sarajevo!

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  19. The main issue with SJJ is actually the surroundings. After this expansion, it will be difficult to expand in the future as there is no space. Residental areas in close proximity will mean that it will probably never work 24 hours a day. Is there any plan to relocate the airport?

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    1. there will not be any relocation of SJJ, as any feasable location that is somewhat close to Sarajevo is in the other "entity". As long as there are "entities", the chance for relocation is exactly zero.

      All possible locations in the "federation" are too far from Sarajevo, so they make it only to the animations and business plans of some shady mid east investors...

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  20. Everywhere in ex YU airports get new terminals except for EU nation capital Ljubljana. No signs there, that we will hve a new terminal in the very near future. It gets delayed and delayed as the rest of their traffic infrastructure in the country. Slovenia still lives in socialism, a few on top live like the rest of the world, those taking advantage of socialism, missuse it and the rest is working, paying taxes and keep hoping for changes. Infrastructure investments for future generations or attractive FDI conditions are not on the agenda, of course not, too much foreign capital could disturb the daily routine of those having profited or better robbed most from these still socialistic structures.

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    1. They already chose the construction company, which is GIC gradnje d.o.o.. The news is yet to be official, so the works should start very soon.

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  21. What are the chances to expand the runway? it is strikingly short

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    1. just check ot the location with google maps, to see that it can not be meaningfully extented. it could be widened by few meters towards west, but in which direction could it grwo longer?

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    2. No, i meant that it might be extended towards Vojkovici, but i'm guessing that's where RS&FBiH play comes into question. Towards Ilidža I don't see a way to extend it as the runway lights begin even on the building called Focanska in Pejton (used to attempt to hit the planes with snowballs from that building before the war).

      It's a shame they can't cooperate to extend the runway in the direction 12 at least 400m.

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    3. 2700m runway in SJJ is quite normal and comfortably land bigger planes but not the A380.
      Don't see any urge of having a bigger one.

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  22. Hopefully Sarajevo will get more low cost flights soon.

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  23. Flybosnia will play a crucial role in development at Sarajevo and BiH. Sarajevo has a lot of tourists during a year. In my opinion, Sarajevo will skip Podgorica, Ljubljana, Tivat airport in just 2 or 3 years. Sarajevo is multicultural and unique city.

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