China eyes Trebinje Airport project


The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has expressed interest in partnering up with the government of the Entity of Republika Srpska in Bosnia and Herzegovina for the construction of a commercial airport in Trebinje, in the country's south. AVIC will undertake an analysis of a site at Rapti Zupci, a village near Trebinje, where the airport complex is planned to be built. The company first expressed interest in the project in 2010 and last month met with representatives of the entity government to discuss the potential investment. "Every country would be honoured to have such a company [AVIC] as its partner and we are delighted they have expressed their readiness to continue their cooperation with us", the government said.

Last year, local authorities in Trebinje announced their intention to resume plans for the construction of the infamous airport. The government forked out 820.000 euros between 2009 and 2011 for project documentation for a 2.6 kilometre runway and a terminal capable of handling 260.000 passengers per year, only to give up on the idea two years later after naming the airport's General Manager and contracting an Austrian consultant to identify potential routes. The government has since said the study conducted by the Austrian consultant was incomplete. A subsequent tender for the drafting of a new development strategy was cancelled.

Trebinje

Aviation Industry Corporation of China is a state-owned aerospace and defence conglomerate. It is ranked 159th on the Fortune Global 500 list and has over 100 subsidiaries, 27 listed companies and half a million employees across the globe. Due to its natural beauty, it is believed Trebinje could attract a considerable number of tourists. However, the town is just over thirty kilometres north-east of Dubrovnik and ninety kilometres north-west of Tivat, making the viability of a future airport in the area questionable. Bosnia and Herzegovina currently boasts four commercial airports, which handled 1.073.739 passengers during the January - July period. A new commercial airport is also planned for Bihać where a portion of the future runway is currently under construction.




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  1. This project probably relates to parallel move by Chinese to take over and develop Neum as their main port and hub for booming container traffic between Asia and Adriatic.

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    1. Anonymous at 09:03
      You should really consider running for political office in Bosnia, doesn't matter which entity. You seem to have what it takes a local politician to be successful! ;)

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    2. Ma oni samo žele da prestignu Bihać i naprave dužu pistu od 300 metara...

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    3. LOL! I da pokrenu aviokompaniju s Y-5! :D

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    4. Anonimus 10:41 Brilliant !!!! Hahaha, unfortunately you are so right.

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  2. Sure, an empty airport is just what Bosnia needs .

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  3. Many Chinese tourists are visiting Trebinje on their joint Serbia-Bosnia-Montenegro package. In fact during first half of the year Chinese were fourth most common visitors to Trebinje after Serbs, Turks and French. So it's natural Chinese interest in the town will grow.

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    1. How many villages and towns in the world have increase of Chinese tourists and therefore should build airports on these locations?

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    2. I think Air Serbia could comfortably operate Belgrade-Trebinje with the Atr. It would similar to their BNX flights.

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    3. Well, as long as you think so...

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  4. But what about high-speed train between Trebinje Airport and Berane Airport? Are the Chinese interested in this one too? They might be interested in building connection to Bihac Airport too.

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  5. This is probably the most stupid thing I've heard this year. Chinese are not stupid to start throwing their money on this. Trebinje does not have even a bus station. Tourists to Trebinje?

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    1. Yes, there are tourists in Trebinje. It is stunning.

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    2. There is Dubrovnik airport

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    3. And even Mostar airport isn't successful yet despite of strong tourism.

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    4. It's a smart idea, as alternative to Dubrovnik and primary LCC airport in the region.

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    5. Super smart. How many tourists again?

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    6. frishki, we love you and this forum needs you <3
      Chinese tourists are now the new trend in the Balkans and it´s quite normal for people to become curious. the Chinese tourists have increased simply because the middle class is growing and can afford a trip to Eastern Europe with their salaries. Simple stuff.
      Serbia and BiH are both cheap countries for them to afford a 1-2 week holiday period.

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  6. Are elections in Bosnia getting close? So many fantastic projects like this one are sure to come up.

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  7. Maribor springs to mind..

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    1. Exactly! Maribor worked out well with the Chinese. So will Trebinje....

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  8. Bravo Republika Srpska!

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  9. Oh, come on, 2 new airports? Bihac and Trebinje? With what money? For whom?

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    1. With Chinese money for Chinese.

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    2. Just wait a few days and Brcko airport project will come up again too. With chinese interest ofcourse.

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  10. It's a good idea actually. The aiport can be easily promoted as Trebinje-Dubrovnik East for marketing purposes. The situation is similar with BNX which now is a ZAG LCC option for many.
    LQTB needs to find an International IATA code and then go for it!

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    1. Jedan od boljih viceva ove godine

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    2. Hhaa anon 11:14 Nice one. I am sure Slavko Kalezić is reading your comment.
      Good for LQTB!

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    3. They should get Ana Brnabić for the ribbon cutting ceremony too!

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    4. Anonymous 10:13, nonsense! It is just fragment of tourists visiting Dubrovnik, Medjugorje Mostar that actually goes to Trebinje. Moreover, land in Trebinje and wait 3 hrs to cross the border to Dubrovnik doesn't sounds like a good idea at all.

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  11. The only airport Bosnia needs is a new one in SJJ that is open non-stop.

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    1. As Bosnia is such centralised country, with great ground transportation network, politically unified etc. You are.absolutelly right.

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    2. Where you live? Last monday I talking with one man from Wien who took airplane to SSJ and drove to Banjaluka. Perhaps it is better to drive from Wien to Banjaluka

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    3. Anonymous 14:34, the key word in your post is "one man"

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  12. Hehehehehe. As they would say, Balkanska posla.

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  13. Bosnia must be a rich country. Millions already spent on Bihać, thousands on Trebinje. Nice.

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    1. Unbelievable that they are even considering this idea.

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    2. So eventually BiH will have 6 operational airports :O

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    3. It could be 7 :D Brcko also had plans to build an airport. I'm serious!

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    4. ... and 6 national airlines who ceased operations.

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  14. Four airports are more than enough and next year finally all will have decent traffic.

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    1. Crazy to think that every village in BiH should have an airport.

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  15. Bravo BiH! Bravo China! Bravo Trebinje!

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    1. Neka ima svako selo od Triglava do Gevgelije svoj aerodrom, sa najmanje pet miljuna putnika i dve staze, da bi mogli ljudi da vice bravo i da imaju utjisak kako ide sve na bolje.

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  16. Trebinje is actually a beautiful place. Don't know if it could sustain traffic but it could definitely pull in tourists.

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    1. Numbers on the table please. Just subjective opinion worth nothing....

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  17. Well if the Chinese want 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. Chinese might build it but Chinese will only pay for it temporarily. All the Chinese projects being built around the world are actually built on Chinese loans which have to be repaid to China. Look at all the projects in Africa. Some of the countries are now in so much debt to China that they don't know what to do.

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  18. Don't worry people, in about a year or two they will announce that this projects is on hold, again.

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  19. I think that two weekly flights with Air Serbia from Belgrade to Trebinje would work great. Many passengers are forced to fly to Tivat or Dubrovnik if they are going to the Trebinje region. Not to mention Mostar.

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    1. Aj sad ozbiljno, da li se isplati ikome ulagati pozamasnu svoti za 2 tjedna leta?

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  20. Beholden to the Chinese... Be careful what you wish for.

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  21. Unfortunately for us, it seems the exYU politicians have discovered airport projects as the newest cool method for stealing vast amounts of money.

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  22. Zali bacene pare.

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  23. Just thinking about the construction of an airport in Trebinje the idea seems to be ridiculous. Who is the incredible mastermind of this unfeasible project? What are the figures which justify the mastereplan? It's just a balkan sauce as usual...Please, spend the money for necessities of poor people!

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  24. Four airports, which are strategically placed all around BiH is more than enough. This is nothing more than payoffs, corruption, and at best a total waste of money. Disastrous.

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  25. Better to build proper secure road network. Sarajevo, Banja Luka and connectivity with Croatian airports is sufficient.

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  26. Ryanair does not fly to expensive Dubrovnik airport (exc seasonal to Dublin) nor congested, night-flying restricted Tivat. Wizzair does not fly at all to DBV and TIV. If there was a nearby Trebinje airport with 24/7 facilities and very low fees both airlines would easily come up with half a dozen to a dozen routes. Add PSO flights to BNX and BEG and airport makes sense.

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    1. Anonymous 15:13,
      With all due respect, you have no clew what you are writing about.

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    2. True, I am not into sailing and I never had a clew. But everything else mentioned in 15:13 post is correct.

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  27. if lqtb develops and grows it will be a tough job for serbian airlines to attract more pasengers from bosnia. there are ways and ways to attrakt passengers ad people.
    if there was line there will be serbin airline just waiy to 2021 thank u

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  28. Супер вијест. Многи би требали да знају да аеродроми служе и за друге сврхе не само за путнички саобраћај. Авиони за гашење пожара, санитетски превоз, карго. Треба мало шире погледати а не само у своје двориште. Српској требају још два аеродрома поред Требиња, Источно Сарајево и Бијељина. Са пар АТР авиона може се сасвим фино све увезати као и директни летови са БЛ и БГ. Близина Дубровника или Тивта не значи ништа јер су то друге државе а чекања на границама су неодређено дуго. Требиње има велики туристички потенцијал, манастири, виногради, винарије и др. Надам се да ће овај пројекат бити доведен до краја. Надам се да ће влада Српске имати слуха да формира авиокопанију са властитим авионима јер се у прошлости сарадња са Ер Србијом на том плану није баш показала. Два АТР 72-600 и 2 АТР 42-600 би за почетак били довољни.

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    1. Air Srpska je imala dva ATR i propala. Umesto toga bolje bi bile subvencionisane linije Er Srbije Beograd-Banja Luka, Banja Luka-Trebinje i Trebinje-Beograd.

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    2. Saša... East Sarajevo has an airport. It's called "Sarajevo International Airport". There is no need for a brand new airport in that region. Btw, the entire area (East Sarajevo plus surrounding small towns and villages) is home for only 122.000 people inluding the area around Serbian border. That is how many people live in one of Sarajevo's urban municipalities. Why building a new aiport?!

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  29. Samo da se podsetimo https://www.exyuaviation.com/2013/02/trebinje-airport-doubles-passenger.html
    The Minister for Transport and Infrastructure in the government of the Entity of Republika Srpska in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Nedeljko Čubrilović, has announced that Trebinje Airport has recorded exceptional results in 2012, doubling its passenger numbers on the year before. However, the only problem is there is no airport in Trebinje. The gaffe made by the minister has become the talk of the town with one resident offering fake return first class tickets from Trebinje to Los Angeles on the Internet, with local food specialities and wine served on board.

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    1. Изгледа да нисте чули за појам лапсус. То је био лапсус. У питању је био аеродром Бања Лука.

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    2. A sta imate da kazete na ostatak teksta? Izvolite copy/paste da vas postedim extra klikova - Despite the bizarre statement made by Minister Čubrilović, over the past several years thousands of euros have been invested in the nonexistent airport in Trebinje. It remains unknown as to how this money has been spent. In 2008, Zoran Okilj was named as CEO of Trbinje Airport. Construction of the airport was first planned to begin in 2009. However, in 2010, Milorad Dodik, the President of Republika Srpska, said that a Chinese corporation, which has experience in building large capital projects, was interested in Trebinje Airport. “We will know more in a month or two. All necessary documentation has been sent to the company”, Mr. Dodik said at the time. The government of Republika Srpska spent 1.6 million Convertible Bosnian Marks (820.000 euros) for the Trebinje Airport project documentation.

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  30. I can only see it as being useful as a diversion airport in winter when Dubrovnik airport is often closd because of the bura...but I guess Croatia Airlines would still divert to SPU....they never go to Tivat (I guess that can create visa issues for some pax).

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  31. The Chinese announcement may either be a PR stunt, or a hint towards some more strategical thinking. If "LQTB" is envisioned as part of the New Silk road / belt initiative, then it may as well become reality... money wouldn't be a problem, at least not for the creditors. Now this does not preclude the airport from becoming a stillborn (hint : VCRI)

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    1. Stalno zaboravljate da su skoro svi aerodromi profitabilni dok sve aviokompanije moramo da dotiramo od Vardara do Triglava.

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  32. it will be the same like Maribor! Don't trust them!

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