Sarajevo Airport terminal construction advances


The construction of Sarajevo Airport's new passenger terminal is advancing with work scheduled for completion by the end of next year. The new facility, which will spread over 10.000 square metres, will feature twelve check-in desks, five gates and one air bridge. It will be linked to the existing terminal to form a single functioning unit with the capacity to handle two million passengers per year. "Anyone who is flying from Sarajevo Airport these days can see that we have become a big construction site. By autumn 2020, when construction work is completed, the largest and busiest airport in Bosnia and Herzegovina will be even more significant, beautiful and modern, with much more content, especially in the food and beverages sector, to the satisfaction of our visitors", Sarajevo Airport's General Manager, Armin Kajmaković, said.



Sarajevo Airport will also undertake airside work as part of its three-year modernisation project. This includes the expansion of the main apron and the overhaul of the runway and taxiways. The project has been described as "extremely challenging". Its value has been put at 10.2 million euros and no firm time-frame has been given for its completion. In addition, the construction of a stand-alone 300 square metre VIP terminal building is currently underway, with its completion expected in early 2020. Furthermore, a new business and administrative building. which will house staff office space, will also be erected. These two projects are valued at 3.8 million euros.


Sarajevo Airport is expected to see strong passenger growth in the coming months with a number of carriers recently launching new flights from Bosnia and Herzegovina's capital. These include FlyBosnia, Flynas, Aegean Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle and Eurowings. During the January - May period, Sarajevo Airport welcomed 338.529 passengers through its doors, representing an increase of 0.4%. This summer, Dubai will be the most served route from Sarajevo, followed by Istanbul, Sharjah, Vienna and Zagreb.

Sarajevo Airport's existing connectivity




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  1. Cute little regional airport.

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    1. It has more intercontinental routes than any other ex yu airport :D

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    2. It's actually second after BEG.

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    3. BEG has more than 9 routes?

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    4. Of course it does.

      1. JFK
      2. SAW
      3. BEY
      4. TLV
      5. DOH
      6. AUH
      7. DXB
      8. HRG
      9. CAI
      10. TUN

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    5. Are HRG and TUN charters or scheduled routes?

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    6. Scheduled year-round routes.

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    7. SJJ is still impressive.

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    8. Out of curiosity, how many frequencies are there from SJJ in winter and in summer?

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    9. EK should launch DXB BEG SJJ BEG DXB.

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    10. I think only IST has at least daily flights. Others are few flights per week.

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    11. Flydubai currently has 3 daily flights to Sarajevo from Dubai.

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    12. Also Air Arabia double daily.

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    13. And what about on winter? Is it also three and two daily?

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    14. Shane since the potential is there.

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    15. In winter there are barely any flights to the Middle East, I think even FZ flies twice a week. Demand is extremely seasonal.

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    16. Qatar leti zimi cetiri puta sedmicno, Flydubai tri puta. Naredne zime ce i Flybosnia imati letove zimi.

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    17. FZ je dva

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  2. So with that one additional air bridge they will have a total of 3?

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  3. Apron capacity is becoming a problem now. The other day they had to use one of the taxiways as a parking position!

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    1. Yep. On this photos you can see OU Dash parked on the taxiway
      https://i.imgur.com/bYWeRwC.jpg

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    2. That's busy. At times you don't see so many aircraft parked at other much larger airports in ex-Yu.

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    3. Yes because other airports are better at handing their resources. This shows that SJJ is catastrophic and running their facilities and I wonder if what they did with OU is even legal.

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    4. Anon 09.18

      You see more than that in the morning in ZAG. It's only 8 planes in the picture.

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    5. Other airports have more available spaces and a longer runway, both of which SJJ will improve on once this project is finished.

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  4. Congratulations Sarajevo. Looking forward to seeing the new terminal.

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  5. Hmm there is so much more potential in terms of connectivity. If you look at the map, coverage in western Europe is not great but it's not much better in eastern Europe either. I'm sure there could be potential for Aeroflot to launch flights from Moscow and for Transavia to fly from Amsterdam or Paris.

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    1. Had they let Wizz Air expand as requested, we would now have great European coverage, plus excellent Middle East network and 2 million passengers.

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  6. My question is where to from here. The new terminal is not going to satisfy Sarajevo Airport's needs in the long term but where will SJJ expand? There is no room.

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    1. There is plenty of room geographically, it's just that some important projects such as enabling autopilot landings can't be done because the main road doesn't allow for enough guidance for the autopilot to pick up.

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    2. Interesting. Thank you.

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  7. Any idea how June performed?

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    1. I'm hoping for strong growth. With new Fly Bosnia routes, Aegean, Norwegian and Eurowings I expect good numbers. So far the year has been disappointing.

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    2. 9 new routes for Sarajevo in June.

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    3. I hope Aegeean will go year round.

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    4. They would have already extended it by now. Flights are scheduled to last for another two months.

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    5. What kind of passenger growth could we see as a result of these new routes?

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    6. Also does the development of traffic at TZL and BNX affect SJJ much or did these passengers never used to go to Sarajevo?

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    7. Don't think so.

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  8. Good to see progress at so many ex-Yu airports.

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  9. Congratulations BiH.

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  10. Dobra vijest. Još da uvedu LCC-ove.

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

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

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    1. No. Airport said they only have exterior renders of the front of the building... the ones which have already been punlished many times.

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    2. Yes I find it bizarre that the company that did them the terminal project only did 4 renderings, all of them of the front of the building.

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  13. How many gates does SJJ have in total (not just air bridges)?

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  14. Sarajevo airport will achieve 2 mil probably in 2022. They will need another expansion. How is that possible? Tourism in Sarajevo grows 15-20 % per year. Sarajevo is a city where East meets West. It is not possible to work with capacity for 2 mil passengers. Does anyone have an idea about what is gonna happen after 2022/2023?

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    1. MAS has to make major move and start building airport in Sokolac region. And just to make sure for those who may start replying with rubbish, it does not matter where it will be located. They have to start thinking about it now. The alternative can be only Visoko location.

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    2. SJJ has more than enough room for expansion for the volume of traffic it can realistically reach in the next 15-25 years. The apron can (and needs to) be enlarged 100-150% in SE direction and any further terminal building expansion will follow on that side. [S.K.]

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

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  16. Looking forward to the new terminal in Sarajevo.

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  17. Runway work is really important and I hope they actually keep their promise and do this project.

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