PHOTOS: Sarajevo Airport terminal construction advances


The construction of Sarajevo Airport’s new terminal building (pictured below) is advancing with work scheduled for completion this autumn and its opening planned for November or December of this 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. “Sarajevo Airport will remain a small airport, but it will gain a lot in terms of passenger comfort at arrivals and departures, which is the essence of small airports - to get in and out of them quickly”, the operator said. Furthermore, Sarajevo Airport will purchase a total of three new air bridges for its terminal, two of which will replace existing ones while the third will be mounted on the expanded part of the facility. The total value of the three bridges is estimated at 2.7 million euros.



The construction of a stand-alone 300 square metre VIP terminal building (pictured below) is nearing completion. 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. In addition, the Bosnia and Herzegovina Air Navigation Services Agency has announced plans to overhaul Sarajevo Airport’s control tower. The structure will be modernised in line with the airport’s expanded terminal building. The head of the Agency noted the tower would be revamped in cooperation with Sarajevo Airport.



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. Italy’s Tecno Engineering 2C (TE2C) will draft the project, which has been described as "extremely challenging” and is valued at 10.2 million euros. The work will cover an area of 216.000 square metres. TE2C has extensive experience in airport construction and carried out work at Mostar Airport in 2014. It has partnered up with the Mostar-based Ecoplan and Integram companies for the Sarajevo Airport project. Sarajevo's runway was last upgraded in 1998.




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  1. Anonymous09:05

    I like the VIP terminal. Looks good.

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    1. Anonymous10:07

      +1

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    2. JU520 BEGLAX15:07

      Does SJJ has so much VIP traffic that a separate VIP terminal is justified? And those politicians and elites stealing fm the society shall pls use the regular terminal as everybody else

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    3. Anonymous16:59

      +100 completely agree with the above. Except for when the Sarajevo Intenerational Film Festival is on, I don't know who will use this terminal so much.

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  2. Anonymous09:12

    Now make it a 24 hours airport.

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    1. Anonymous10:04

      Is there a need for Sarajevo to be a 24 hour airport?

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    2. Anonymous10:15

      Noise is a major issue. There is a residential area all around the airport, as well as on approach.

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    3. Anonymous11:44

      @10.04
      SJJ needs to allow JU and OS to depart and arrive after closing hours so that more connections can be offered. Their numbers would grow even more.

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    4. Anonymous11:57

      What about LH? Or is a 06.00 departure ok for them? JU would for sure go for double daily if they could

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    5. JATBEGMEL12:45

      JU could go double daily even with the night curfew, if they wanted to or had the aircraft to do it. It was discussed previously.

      My comment was that 6 hours was too long to hold up an ATR for flights under 1 hour. SJJ could nicely fit into morning and evening banks with decent connectivity.

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  3. Anonymous09:16

    I notice that the new part of the terminal has an extra floor. Do they plan to build another one on the old part of the terminal?

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    1. Anonymous09:26

      No unfortunately.

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    2. Anonymous10:04

      Looks a bit wierd this way.

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  4. Anonymous09:27

    Congratulations Sarajevo. Looking forward to seeing the new terminal.

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  5. Anonymous09:28

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

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    1. Anonymous10:03

      Better late then never.

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    2. Anonymous17:34

      This is the Balkans. What do you expect?

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  6. Anonymous10:07

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

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    1. Anonymous10:08

      I wonder if they will have to close the airport while they do the runway work?

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    2. Anonymous10:09

      Runway was closed due to renovation back in September 2006. All flights were diverted to Tuzla then

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    3. Anonymous11:46

      What the airport has to do is to upgrade their lights to CAT3.

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    4. Anonymous11:49

      SJJ will most likely never be Cat 3. Not because of lights, but because of the terrain in the vicinity of the airport.

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  7. Anonymous10:10

    Nice! Great to see so many infrastructure developments at SJJ lately.

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    1. Anonymous10:15

      It's nice but modest if you ask me.

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  8. Anonymous10:14

    With its new terminal, SJJ will be able to handle 2 million passengers. That is still quite low and SJJ has way more capacity to attract more passengers and airlines.

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    1. Anonymous10:30

      “Sarajevo Airport will remain a small airport, but it will gain a lot in terms of passenger comfort at arrivals and departures, which is the essence of small airports - to get in and out of them quickly”, the operator said.

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  9. Anonymous10:24

    The terminal should have been a priority over the VIP terminal which seems to be completed already.

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    1. Anonymous10:30

      Well they started construction as the same time they started work on expanding the terminal. The VIP salon is much smaller than the terminal expansion work so its logical it finished first. It looks fantastic in my opinion.

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  10. Anonymous10:29

    SJJ will look great when everything is finished.

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  11. Anonymous10:32

    Nice that they will add an air bridge too. Will look like a nice small airport.

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  12. Anonymous10:33

    Will they renovate the current terminal when they finish the new/expanded part?

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    1. Anonymous11:43

      It's in good shape actually. Not much need to be renovated.

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  13. Anonymous11:43

    I still think the better idea was to build a completely separate terminal just for LCCs. That was the original plan a few years ago.

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  14. Anonymous11:45

    I hope the expansion of the terminal will be followed more new routes and airlines. Good luck Sarajevo.

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    1. Anonymous12:01

      I hope some new European carriers will come with this expansion. Wizz Air should open some new routes.

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  15. Anonymous11:45

    Finally things moving in the right direction at SJJ.

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  16. Anonymous12:05

    Would the government consider putting SJJ up for concession?

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    1. Anonymous12:16

      I don't think so. It is very profitable.

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    2. Anonymous12:22

      Well it's usually profitable airports that are given up for concession, otherwise no one would want it.

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    3. Anonymous12:24

      Considering that Sarajevo airport is financing the whole development of air trafic in the country I don´t see a big chance for that.

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  17. Anonymous12:17

    Can't wait to see the completed project.

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  18. Anonymous12:17

    Is there any render of how it should look like inside?

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    1. Anonymous12:22

      No unfortunately :( just the outisde.

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  19. Anonymous12:24

    Its interesting that the expansion is smaller than the one in Ljubljana but is more expensive.

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    1. Anonymous12:54

      It makes sense since the Sarajevo project also involves demolishing the old building, which they have done.

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    2. Anonymous17:34

      I forgot they had to knock down the old terminal.

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  20. Anonymous12:54

    Is there enough space in the area to eventually build a third building i.e second terminal?

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    1. Anonymous13:01

      Yes
      https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/8d/SarajevoFlughafen-SA.jpg/800px-SarajevoFlughafen-SA.jpg

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  21. Anonymous13:15

    Like someone said Sarajevo has huge potential and it is still missing a lot of viable routes.

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  22. Anonymous17:37

    It's nice about the terminal, but SJJ should, with its charges be doing MUCH MUCH more.

    Here is a comparison of airport fees. I compared it with Belgrade since BEG is the busiest in this region.

    Ok BEG/SJJ

    Landing
    7,70/14,00

    Passenger service charge
    12,00 (T1), 16,50 (T2) / 18,00

    Transfer passenger service charge
    4,00 / 9,00

    Air Bridge
    114,00 / 72,00

    Parking per ton
    2,00 / 2,55

    Centrilized Ground Handling Services
    104,00 / 204,50

    etc

    the charges above are in euros.

    So as you can see, Sarajevo is an extremely expensive airport and that's the reason there are few flights to Europe and few LCCs.

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    1. Anonymous19:08

      Wow that is really expensive!

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    2. Anonymous20:53

      Your figures are wrong:

      example:

      BEG passenger fee (including "security charge"), irrespective of terminal: 20,98 EURO

      SJJ passenger fee: 18 EURO

      The rest of the fees is a comglomerate of many elements.

      Overall the purpose of VERY high fees is to be able to make discounts to those you want to promote. That means for JU in BEG and for Wizz in SJJ. And to fend off the competition.

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    3. Anonymous21:41

      Wizz has 1 route to Sarajevo. They need such high prices to support 1 Wizz route which is subsidised by the Hingarian government?

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    4. Anonymous22:21

      Sorry, you are right about Wizz. But my comment otherwise stands: the purpose of high fees is to manipulate with discounts, to make a heaven for some and fend off others.

      Also one more explanation: by saying that other fees are congolmerate I meant that in order to talk about other fees than pax fee you would have to add many fees together (not all are totally comparable between airports) and depending in particular on MTOW of the plane (not necessarily simply per tonne, but many times fixed fee depending on MTOW range etc). So there is no single line comparison that can be made as was done by one of my predecessors.

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    5. Anonymous23:45

      Neither BEG nor SJJ are cheap LCC compared to other much affordable airports such as SKP or BUD. BEG relies heavily on JU while SJJ on Gulf traffic.
      Currently, in ex-Yu it is mainly DBV, SKP and SPU with the highest concentration of LCC and reasonable pricing.
      In the case of BiH we clearly see a positive trend in TZL and now new FR land BNX.

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  23. Anonymous17:41

    Airport is getting ready for huge expansion of FlyBosnia.

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    1. Anonymous19:08

      Really? Hasn't Flybosnia decreased flights to London and Rome? They even suspended some.

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    2. Anonymous01:39

      They should have a lot of charters this summer.

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  24. Anonymous01:39

    So in total when the runway and apron work is included the investment is around EUR 31 million. Not bad.

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  25. Anonymous01:40

    So how many passengers can SJJ expect this year?

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  26. Anonymous09:53

    The Italian company is the company doing the design (projecting) for the re-construction, from their work you determine what needs to be done and the preferred method to do the re-construction of the project which is the RWY in this case.

    There's no way that the CEO could have determined the cost 10.2 MEUR years back before the project has been completed, which it has not.

    When you have the project, you prepare the tender documentation for the tender for the actual re-construction work. This is to be done by a contractor such as EuroAsphalt, Strabag or Colas (in BiH), but they have to win the tender first.
    This process took 2 years for Dubrovnik due to appeals etc.

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  27. Anonymous13:31

    Can anybody tell me why there are no direct flights to Frankfurt (FRA) from SJJ?

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    1. Anonymous14:20

      As always, because there is no sufficient demand to make it profitable.

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