PHOTOS: FlyBosnia launches Gassim service

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FlyBosnia inaugurated services between Sarajevo and Gassim in central Saudi Arabia yesterday evening, linking the two cities for the first time. The one weekly service will operate seasonally until August 27. A dozen airlines maintain flights to Gassim, mostly from the Middle East and North Africa. Sulaiman bin Abdullah Al-Shiddi, the Chief Executive Officer of the Al-Shiddi Group, which owns FlyBosnia, said, "The number of Saudi tourists to Bosnia and Herzegovina has increased significantly over the past three years. Last year's figures stood at 25.000, compared to 15.000 in 2018 and 7.000 the year before. One of the obstacles to growth are visas, however, considerable efforts have been made by officials in Saudi Arabia and Bosnia in this respect. For example, the visa fee has been reduced from 1.000 riyals to 400, which is a reasonable price". He added, "Arab tourists, including those from the Gulf, have not fully discovered Bosnia and Herzegovina. The number of Saudi travellers who have visited Bosnia and Herzegovina is around 35%. The rest are unaware of this important European country, full of beauty, heritage and scenic views".








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    1. Ne razumem zasto bi bilo tuzno pozicionirati SJJ kao hub za Bliskoistocnu regiju (a sto polako vec postaje)? Jedno su zelje a drugo komparativne prednosti koje treba iskoristiti.

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    2. Који црни хаб? О чему причаш човече?
      Који је СЈЈ хаб са једним летом недељно који обавља авио-компанија са 2 А319.

      Сви добро знамо одакле оволико летова за Сарајево и ко све то форсира али не треба изгубити везу са реалношћу.

      За просечног грађанина у Сарајево, веза са Стокхолмом, Копенхагеном, Паризом, Амстердамом... би била много пожељнија.

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    3. 17:00, nije u pitanju jedna aviokompanija, nego njih 5-6. I da, Sarajevo ima najbolju povezanost sa Bliskim Istokom od svih ostalih gradova ex-yu. Ovaj komentar je tipični hejterski, jer kad bi BEG imao ove linije, to bi bilo dočekano sa pozitivnim komentarima. Zapravo, tako bi bilo za bilo koji drugi grad. Evo BNX dobi vezu za Teheran, a niko ne smije nikakav negativan komentar dati. Naravno, nepotrebno je govoriti sta bi bilo da je SJJ dobio vezu za Teheran.

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    4. 19:01. Bravo!

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    5. @Anon 17:00 Prijatelju, ocigledno si pristrasan prema odredjenoj grupi turista/ljudi. Ja sam govorio o Sarajevu kao aerodromu, ne samo o jednoj avio kompaniji. SJJ ima potencijal koji je prepoznat od privatnih investitora i ocigledno to funkcionise i nadam se da ce funkcionisati jos bolje (vec sada SJJ ima najvise konekcija za Bliski istok u letnjoj sezoni malo se informisi).

      BiH i ostale zemlje regije su male zemlje i trebaju prepoznati svoje specificnosti i profitirati na njima, ako se to nekome ne svidja iz licnih ubedjenja, e to onda jeste TUZNO kako je rekao Anon 14:47.

      Veza sa ostalim gradovima kako na istoku tako i na zapadu je potreba i sa tim se slazem, ali trenutno ne postoji komercijalna isplativost za nove igrace kakva je FlyBosnia koja treba da se takmici sa Wizzom, Ryanom, Transaviom itd - za to uostalom postoji Tuzla.

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    6. Sarajevo vec ima vezu sa Stockholmom i Kopenhagenom.

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    7. the teheran route got equally negative comments, that route is even more bizzare

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    8. За Стокхолм лети једном недељно, сматрам да има потенцијала за више летове посебно имајући у виду ситуацију у околним аеродромима.
      Ко лети за Копенхаген из Сарајева јер нема летова у Амадеусу?

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    9. Bio sam u svim vecim gradovima bivse drzave, obozavam svaki grad jednako, ali Sarajevo ima vise stvari za ponuditi od Zagreba, Podgorice, Ljubljane.
      Sto se tice airporta, smatram da Sarajevo moze preskociti i Podgoricu i Skopje. Beograd je nemoguce preskociti obzirom da je to najveci na Balkanu. Sarajevo sad treba biti “stanica” za bliski istok, jer odmah se putnik kao jedinka racuna kao 2 osobe, ako presjeda. Sto se tice turizma, nemoguce je porediti Zagreb i Sarajevo. Sarajevo je jedini grad u Evropi gdje zapad se susrece sa istokom. Zagreb je prekrasan grad, koji isto tako ima svoja bogatstva. Takoder je nemoguce porediti Sarajevo i Split, jer Split ce prestici Beograd, radi jadrana. Jednostavno Split airport ima predispozicije da bude najprometniji na balkanu. Sarajevo airport do 2030 godine moze biti 4/5 airport na balkanu.

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    10. Nemoguce je porediti Sarajevo sa nekim drugim gradovima. Sarajevo je poseban grad gdje se zapad susrece sa istokom. To ga cini raritetnim od drugih. Sarajevo moze preskociti Podgoricu, Skopje, Pristinu, pa cak i Zagreb. Beograd je nemoguce preskociti u ovom trenutku. Zagreb je prekrasan, kao i Podgorica, Pristina, ali Sarajevo ima puno vise stvari za ponuditi od ovih gradova. Takoder, split airport ce biti nemoguce prestici, jer blizina jadrana mu je donijela uspjeh.

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  2. This balkan is madness, i don't even get this.
    FlyBosnia inaugurated services between Sarajevo and Gassim in central Saudi Arabia yesterday evening, linking the two cities for the first time. How many people in B&H even heard for the city placed in central Saudi Arabia called Gassim. Weird AF.

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    1. It's not crazy, you just dont understand whole story.
      This airline doesn't care about (most of) BH citizens. It has purpose of transporting Saudis for holidays in country that has religiously "approved" hotels and establishments while providing opportunity for some "unapproved" fun for the rich ones. Simply as that:)

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    2. Why the f** is it called flybosnia then. Oh yeah to represent the country to the world. Not only arabia. They should rename the airline tot Flyalshiddi or flyarab

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    3. Hahaha so true.

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    4. You guys dont understand some basic principles of business. Yes, it's true, arabs love to have halal food everywhere, hotels with halal food etc.. But if that brings profit, whats the problem? Same like ElAl Israel has only khoser food, we are not in socialism anymore, private owners are allowed to maintain their own policy, and at the end state has its piece of cake from taxes... Its called tourism. Thank you.

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    5. @AviationEUROPE - why would anyone name their airline by the name of their destination/s?

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    6. I dont see what is issue with comments about this. It's just a real thing, explaining business model, type of passengers, etc.
      I dont understand why are local guys so sensitive about it. Comments even were not malicious but just giving whole picture about airline, target customer, local infrastructure, etc.

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  3. Ovdje se stvarno vrti puno onih koji jednostavno ne zele shvatiti da u BiH dolazi sve vise turista. Svejedno je odakle. Ali, da je Beograd u pitanju bilo bi sve ok.

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    1. Pa ovde se stalni diskutuje o strukturi turista, i u Srbiji, i u Hrvatskoj...kad god se neka linija pokrene, imaš postove, brojeve, sve...
      Što je problem da se priča o strukturi turista u Bosni?

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    2. Nisam primjetio da struktura turista u Hrvatskoj i Srbiji nekome smeta.

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    3. Upravo tako, ovdje se ne prica o strukturi turista u Bosni vec se iskazuje hejt i mrznja prema tim istim turistima. Smjesno je sto to dolazi od ljudi koji uopce ne zive u Sarajevu niti u BiH niti veze s njim imaju, kao da se njih ista pita ili kao da im je toliko bitno sto nekakvi bogati seikovi dolaze u Sarajevo i prave sebi hotele.

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    4. Anon 02.00

      Па ово је портал где се дискутује цела бивша Југославија и колико ја знам сви имамо право да искажемо мишљење... као што си и ти урадио за регије у којима не живиш и са којима немаш никакве везе. Орасположи се, удахни ваздух, насмеј се и уживај.

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    5. This is an excellent business decision. They fly them in, provide them hotels, restaurants, guides, shopping experience and then fly them back home. These SA guys spend twice as much comparing to an average foreign tourist in Croatia. If they manage to bring in 100K, this should directly generate around 100M EUR. In average they spend around 1000 EUR per person in BiH. This is an excellent opportunity to make money. In addition, if I were the owner of a new airline business, I would start with destinations like this. This is where you test your systems and crew at the cost of tourists. Europe can be served only when you are ready for it. In terms of tourism, BiH needs to start learning from the best in this field. BiH has to learn from Croatia. This portal has tendency to turn into something I do not expect when it comes to jealousy on someone's success to make money out of sand.

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    6. Speaking of Europe, it looks they won't be ready soon...

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