Trebinje Airport site selected, first flight next year


The site of the new Trebinje Airport in the entity of Republika Srpska in Bosnia and Herzegovina has been selected with the first flight to Belgrade planned for December 2021, although its full opening has been earmarked for March 2022. The new airport will be built in the village of Mionići, some ten kilometres from Trebinje. It will feature a 3.5-kiloemtre runway, taxiways totalling 4.5 kilometres and a 7.000 square metre terminal building. The exact location of the future runway has also been selected while the relevant ministries from the entity, as well as Serbia, will meet once per month to monitor and discuss the project.


A taskforce has also been formed which will oversee the project. Among officials from various government ministries, it also includes members of operator Airports of Serbia, the Serbia and Montenegro Air Traffic Services Agency, Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport, the Serbian Civil Aviation Directorate and the head of operator Airports of Republika Srpska. The Serbian government previously said it would partially finance the construction of Trebinje Airport by providing 55 million euros, while the state-run Airports of Serbia would later operate it. The process of issuing construction permits will be fastracked in order for flights between Trebinje and Belgrade to launch at the end of next year.

Commenting on the project, the Minister for Transport and Communication of Republika Srpska, Djordje Popović, said, “There are no words to describe the importance of this airport, the grandeur of the project, and the great ambition for it to be completed by the end of next year. I am hopeful that by joining forces, we will do everything in our power for it to be completed by the set deadline and for the airport to be used in its full capacity. This way, Belgrade and Trebinje will become much more accessible”. A lex specialis will be adopted for the project by the parliament of Republika Srpska in the coming days, in order to expedite it. The Serbian Minister for Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, Zorana Mihajlović, added, “The construction of Trebinje Airport will enable passengers to travel between Belgrade and Trebinje within forty minutes at most. It will also allow for Trebinje to be connected with the region and the rest of Europe”.

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  1. Anonymous09:05

    Interesting. Looks as if this will actually get built.

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    1. Anonymous11:29

      Let's see if it's third time lucky. First they wanted to build it dueing Yugo times, then around 10 years ago, and now.

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    2. Anonymous11:40

      Finally it will be completed now

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    3. Marko12:30

      Neum Hub lol

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    4. Anonymous12:57

      Neum? It seems you missed the point.

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  2. Anonymous09:08

    That will be a long runway!

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    1. Anonymous09:35

      Maybe they plan to use the airport also for cargo.

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    2. Anonymous10:08

      Please dont be sarcastic.

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    3. Anonymous12:06

      @ 10:08 what's wrong with his comment? Why not cargo as well? Imagine if we have a new pandemic in 50 years and a cargo airport is needed.

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    4. Anonymous13:23

      You dont need 3.500 m runway for carrying medical equipment for 50 years from BEG to Trebinje. It can be done and with ATRs.

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  3. Anonymous09:09

    Other than flights to Belgrade, is there a chance there could be some other flights?

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    1. Anonymous09:09

      With that runway length they could attract any LCC airline.

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    2. Anonymous09:31

      There will certainly be flights to Banjaluka, as they will for sure be redirected from Tivat.

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    3. Anonymous09:33

      * What? I'm talking about Trebinje.

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    4. Anonymous11:46

      And I meant Trebinje to Banjaluka flights. It Is their capital, a d it Has flights to Tivat, so...

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    5. Anonymous13:37

      Is there a demand for flights between Banja Luka and Trebinje? And who will operate them?

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    6. Anonymous17:17

      JU seems like the most logical choice

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    7. Anonymous21:07

      13:37 yes there is demand (me first) but Srpska shoud found own company, otherwise impossible

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  4. Anonymous09:15

    Good luck

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  5. LoL..I do believe if they start now they won’t be able even to contract companies for development of all relevant technical documentation..

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    1. Anonymous09:29

      As if expediting technical documentation is an issue.

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    2. Anonymous09:49

      Well that is an easy task to do. Integral inzinjering is going to do the job

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  6. Anonymous09:26

    From nothing to fully functional airport to in a year and a bit? I doubt it.

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  7. Anonymous09:26

    It's so close to DBV though.

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  8. Anonymous09:28

    Mostar with few flights, if any, is near.
    Podgorica is not far too.
    I can't get it why they are building here. It's all about politics, local politicians.
    Welcome to a new ghost airport!
    Banja Luka - Trebinje anyone?

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    1. Anonymous09:32

      Is this a back up airport for Dubrovnik?
      They are just around 30 km apart.

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    2. Anonymous10:49

      Dubrovnik is in another country and Trebinje should not rely on it.

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    3. Anonymous17:17

      Why not? ZAG relied on traffic from LJU and BNX for years.

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    4. Anonymous21:42

      Because neighbouring country can always close its borders

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  9. Anonymous09:36

    lol. are there elections coming?

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  10. Anonymous09:37

    I still fail to see the purpose of this airport.

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    1. Anonymous09:43

      Waste of money

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    2. Anonymous17:47

      LCC hub for Dubrovnik :D
      Paid and subsidised by Serbia :D

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    3. Anonymous21:55

      Ask DBV management if it funny for them.

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    4. Anonymous21:56

      *if it is funny for them

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  11. Anonymous09:39

    bizzare!

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  12. Anonymous09:40

    I can imagine that landing and handling costs will be much cheaper than montenegrin and croatian airports. This could be the reason why it could work during the summer season. During winter this will be a ghost airport.

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  13. Anonymous09:41

    What is the rough population number of the area? Won't 3 airports quite close to each other be a lot? sKP, PRN and INI are quite close to each other but we see a larger population.
    The only way for this airport to operate is by subsidising it just like many smaller airports in ex-Yu.

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    1. Anonymous09:48

      Building a new airport that will require subsidies from day 1.

      Now that's a sound business plan.

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    2. Anonymous10:50

      Whole south eastern part of Republic of Srpska - 50.000 people

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    3. Belgrade has over 2 million people. Serbians would rather land in an airport without worrying whether their customs agent/police will be hostile to them. I would be the first person to fly my family to Trebinje instead of TIV or DBV for my trip to the coast.

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    4. Anonymous16:02

      So what can customs officier do to you? Deport you to Mexico?

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    5. Anonymous17:18

      No but there is a lot of pointless izivljavanje

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    6. Anonymous21:58

      First after landing to DBV and after it on border crossing to Srpska

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    7. Anonymous22:47

      Try crossing into the USA from Canada (during normal times), and see the interrogation you have to face at times.

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    8. Anonymous00:16

      @Anon 15:33 - yes, because it is more affordable as a destination just like Egipat

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  14. Anonymous09:51

    3.5 km runway and 4.5 km of taxiways? Damm this is larger then runways in BEG, ZAG and SPU. What do they expect to land there? Qantas? Cathay Pacific?

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  15. Anonymous09:58

    "flight to Belgrade planned for December 2021."
    "feature a 3.5-kiloemtre runway, taxiways totalling 4.5 kilometres"
    "providing 55 million euros"

    Oh now i see how serious this project is.

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  16. Anonymous10:00

    A Neum Airport would have been much more useful if it had to be in Bosnia and would have had at least some potential.
    It is almost 4 hours driving between Kastela and Cilipi and a new airport (if there has to be one) in the middle of these two would be ideal, just cos of tourism demand on the coast. But also that would be a seasonal airport only, of course.

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    1. Anonymous10:07

      There is 0 potential for the new airports in this region... so we dont need them more.

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    2. Anonymous11:50

      Sebs live in Trebinje, so Serbia is developing Trebinje and not Neum airport. Also, Serbia will subsidize flights to Trebinje and not to Mostar for same reasons. Still, people from Mostar are going to use it.

      Good job!

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    3. Anonymous17:19

      Do not forget Croatia is giving subsidies for empty OMO ZAG flights.

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    4. Anonymous18:35

      Big difference: They have not just build a new airport so they can subsidize a route.

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    5. Anonymous20:40

      Following that logic, newly built ZAG should not financially help, use joint advertising or any other way to subsideze a route. But they did.

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  17. Anonymous10:24

    It will be WZZ/RYR base

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  18. Anonymous10:25

    This means that BiH will have 5 international airports coming second after Hrvatska when it comes to the number of airports in ex-Yu and the Western Balkans. Quite impressive for a country with such a population. Moldova, Albania, Estonia, Malta for example all have 1 airport.

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    1. Anonymous10:26

      6 if Bihac is completed.

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    2. Anonymous10:31

      That isnt impresive at all. That is just sad because despite the most of Bosnian airports cannot sustain any flights without subsidides, local politicians are just playing with local taxpeyers money and building more and more airports without any commercial reason.

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    3. Anonymous12:04

      It is if you think about it. BiH is not such a small country when it comes to surface area as per European levels. It is bigger than Slovakia, Denmark, Estonia, Moldova, etc. Add to this the density of the mountains in the country meaning that the construction of airports is much cheaper and faster compared to roads or highways.

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    4. Anonymous13:27

      But do people need so much airports? No. Not at all. Banja Luka and Tuzla can only be sustained with subsidies, Mostar also while SJJ has only 1 mil. passangers. No need for more airport, they should just try to develop already existing ones.

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  19. Anonymous10:51

    TJE could be IATA code

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    1. Anonymous11:30

      Yes, seems that code is available.

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  20. Anonymous11:29

    As someone observing for the outside, if the Serbian government wants to waste its money on this project, why not let them.

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    1. Anonymous11:35

      I also dont have a problem with this but still im going to show my oppinion about this nosence project.

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    2. Anonymous11:53

      Serbia is not going to waste any money, but to develop a region inhabited by the Serbs.

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    3. Anonymous12:56

      That's for them wasting money.

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  21. Anonymous11:30

    JU should get an ATR42 so it can maintain flights to these regional airports it is forced to fly to.

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      It will be paid for that.

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  22. Anonymous12:09

    imagine this absurd situation:

    Trebinje is being used as an alternative to DBV (bus services offered to Dubrovnik as they do in Girona/Bergamo/Skavsta etc ima ih milion examples) => serbian government is (part-) financing the development of Dubrovnik tourism. Balkan Apsurdistan

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    1. Anonymous17:21

      It's not, Serbian government will be collecting the airport tax meaning they will profit from Dubrovnik tourism

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    2. Anonymous18:56

      "collecting the airport tax" like Tuzla and Banja Luka?! They pay to have Ryanair and Wizz there. Now lets build bihać airport and we have another super story like Mostar. Jadan Balkan...

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    3. Nothing u can do to stop it21:02

      Main reason for Trebinje airport would be independence from anyone possibly closing borders or being hostile towards them, just as some comments here are. It guarantees air links to Banja Luka where RS government is and where other key resources like hospitals and businesses are. Same with links to Belgrade. Trebinje airport also gives them opportunity for direct business connectivity without crossing local borders. Additional revenue from increased local tourism and traffic is just a cherry on top. Airport profitability is not the only measure.

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    4. Anonymous21:45

      Great headline and great comment!

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    5. Anonymous00:52

      Yes, we need to spend millions to build an airport in order to connect the glorious metropolises of Trebinje and Banja Luka, with a combined population of 200k, just in case enemy and hostile Hrvati close the border. Mostar does not count because its not in RS, who knows, they might get hostile too. Progressive mentality!

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  23. Anonymous12:19

    Ako AS uradi dobre konekcije moći će dobar deo putnika iz Dubrovnika umesto preko ZAG preusmeriti na BEG.Dubrovnik preko zime ionako ima slabe avio veze sa svetom.

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    1. Anonymous12:29

      So how comes that in that scenario route Dubrovnik-Belgrade does not exist in winter even today?

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    2. Anonymous12:41

      lakše je kad imate lokalno stanovništvo a što dođe sa strane,dobro je došlo.Neka bude i desetak putnika po letu to je oko 15% na ATR-u,i neka 10-ak % budu putnici iz MNE sasvim dovoljno.

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    3. Anonymous12:46

      Anon 12:29

      As You may see, now it'll exist.

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    4. Anonymous13:30

      A zasto to lokalno stanovnistvo sada ne koristi Dubrovnik preko zime? Koji onda aerodrom koriste ako im je Dubrovnik daleko najpraktičniji? I zašto bi iko iz Dubrovnika išao na let za ZAG, FRA ili CDG u Trebinje preko Beograda nemam pojma.

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    5. Anonymous14:31

      Zato sto Dubrovnik nema letove zimi za Beograd.

      Ne koriste ni jedan, muce se autobusom.

      Iz istog razloga zasto se za odlazak u Bec leti preko Bratislave a za odlazak u Veneciju preko Treviza.

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    6. Anonymous16:18

      Znaci nema se novaca za avion?

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    7. Anonymous17:22

      Могуће да сада лете из Тивта или чак Сарајева.

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    8. Anonymous22:00

      Nema se novaca da se leti iz DBV preko ZAG za BEG.
      A nema ni potrebe.

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  24. Everyone. This location I’m Popovic Polja was original one to create airport for south Dalmatia / Herzegovina region. Elaboration was completed by military and civilian experts of former YUG. Reason being logical placement and traffic reliability during adverse weather. However Vladimir Bakaric lobbied and succeeded to move this Developement onto most unusual location that became Dubrovnik airport. Everyone worth its flying sauce, will tell you that Čilipi airport is most unusual to tell the least if not even extremely dangerous take off / landing spot during crosswind conditions. FYI.

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  26. This airport is so useless.
    Its some 20 minutes car ride away from Dubrovnik Airport.

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    1. Anonymous20:45

      Trebinje airport will also be 20 minutes car ride away from Dubrovnik area tourists. And 30-40 minutes away from Boka Kotorska tourists. And within an hour or so from Niksic and many other parts of Montenegro and RS.

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    2. Anonymous22:00

      +100

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