Sarajevo In talks with "successful European airline" over base


Sarajevo Airport is still in talks with an airline that applied to its public call last year to station an aircraft in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital from 2021. Sarajevo Airport’s General Manager, Alan Bajić, has said the company in question is known in the region, has a large route network, a respectable fleet and is successful in all of Europe. The selected airline will be required to base two aircraft “with the option of growing its fleet, as Sarajevo Airport's capacity grows and other conditions are met”, the public notice said. If an agreement is reached, the selected airline will be given incentives for stationing aircraft in the city as well as additional funds depending on the number of passengers carried. 

Speaking to EX-YU Aviation News recently, Mr Bajić said, “It is well known that an airline opening a base at an airport creates preconditions for an increase in traffic volume (a larger number of flights and a significantly greater number of passengers, as well as the launch of new routes). All of this is very important, not just for Sarajevo Airport but for Bosnia and Herzegovina’s entire tourism sector and other subjects whose livelihoods and recovery largely depend on the resumption of flights to our country”. He added, “We sincerely hope for a positive outcome of these negotiations and the successful stationing of aircraft on behalf of the interested company at Sarajevo Airport”. 

Sarajevo Airport had previously attempted to attract a European airline to establish a base in the city. In 2016 it held talks with Wizz Air over the introduction of "several European destinations”. At the time, the budget airline said Sarajevo was a “very important destination” it intended to develop in Bosnia and Herzegovina after Tuzla, where it has its aircraft stationed. However, the drawn-out negotiations failed after the two sides failed to reach an agreement over fees.


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  1. Anonymous09:01

    My money is on Wizz

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    1. Anonymous09:50

      What routes could they introduce?

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    2. Anonymous10:12

      Take your pick. There are so many unserved routes

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    3. Anonymous10:15

      So they would have base in TZL and SJJ? Can it work?

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    4. Anonymous10:16

      Well they seemed to think so 5 yrs ago. Read the last paragraph.

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    5. Anonymous11:48

      There are no flights to London, Paris, Frankfurt, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Rome so any would be fine.

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  2. Anonymous09:03

    This will be a saviour for SJJ.

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    1. Anonymous19:09

      Let's wait and see who it is. If its an LCC then I would agree. We will see fast paced growth.

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  3. Anonymous09:08

    Finally SJJ! One of the most underrated cities in Europe. Whichever LCC it is, it doesn't matter.

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    1. Anonymous09:26

      But is it an LCC?

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    2. Anonymous10:08

      It's just a guess. What else could it be?

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    3. Anonymous10:11

      It's Wizz.

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    4. Anonymous11:29

      I can't think of any other airlines than LCCs who are successful in "all of Europe".

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  4. Anonymous09:14

    This will be a game changer for Saraajevo.

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  5. Anonymous09:15

    Finally some good news for Sarajevo!

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  6. Anonymous09:51

    Fingers crossed.

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  7. Anonymous09:54

    I remember people thought it may be Croatia Airlines bit I think we can rule them out since they suspended flights to Sarajevo.

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    1. Anonymous11:35

      Exactly!

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    2. Anonymous14:09

      We can rule them out not because they suspenended flights to Sarajevo for a month (same did most of airlines there) but because here they talk about "succesful airline in all of europe".

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  8. Anonymous09:55

    Wow if some airline bases its aircraft at SJJ, even SJJ will overtake LJU, great job SJJ and really bad job LJU

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    1. Anonymous10:02

      Didn't Ljubljana say they are also in talks with some major airline?

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    2. Anonymous10:13

      LJU is always in talks and nothing happens. Skobir should go

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    3. Anonymous17:49

      It's up to Fraport to decide who they want to lead Fraport Slovenia. Private company, private matters.

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  9. Anonymous09:55

    Finally! Forget about Air Bosna's, FlyBosnia's, B&H Airlines and allow real airlines to fly.

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  10. Anonymous09:57

    Thank god we can rule put Fly Bosnia. I was worried it might be them.

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  11. Anonymous10:12

    CHair

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  12. Anonymous10:18

    It took Covid to bring Sarajevo Airport to its senses.

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  13. I think its Pegasus.

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    1. Anonymous11:16

      Pegasus would be unable to fly from Bosnia to any European destination because it is a Turkish airline.

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  14. Anonymous11:36

    Would be best if it's easyJet. Then we have Wizz in Tuzla, Ryan in Banja Luka and easy in Sarajevo :D

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    1. Anonymous15:19

      That would be cool

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  15. Anonymous11:47

    SJJ should do what TZL did or apply the TIA model, which apparently looked quite efficient if it weren't for Covid.

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    1. Anonymous11:48

      What is the TIA model? What did they do?

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    2. Anonymous19:25

      Here is the answer to your question:

      https://www.tirana-airport.com/media/15907325177350AirlineIncentivePolicy_2020.pdf

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  16. Anonymous11:48

    There is a lot of potential from SJJ.

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  17. Anonymous11:49

    I think it might be Eurowings. They have a base in Pristina right?

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  18. Anonymous12:20

    It is most certainly Eurowings!

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    1. Anonymous12:35

      Most certainly not

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  19. Ako Wizz air otvori bazu u SJJ, sigurni TZL gubi dosta putnika...
    SJJ ce imat profitabilnije destinacije...

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  20. Zlatko12:48

    New airport terminal and much of new opportunities are waiting for SJJ..

    Sarajevo is the most underrated and unserved city in Europe by airlines, and I'm really looking forward to new EUROPEAN routes from SJJ.

    I have been a frequent guest on BLL-TZL with WizzAir, but are getting tired to spend 5 hours of my extended weekend trip to BiH on the road between Tuzla-Sarajevo.

    I'm sure that European routes to SJJ will also be a tourist-breaker-deal for Sarajevo.

    Sign the documents.. .

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  21. Wizz only does announcements nothing more, no real flights. First shout, sell tickets, then send message your flight has been cancelled 😂 that how it is now in baltic states. For ex. Flight to birmingham is on sale since october, checking flightradar not a single flight 🤣 and i was among happy buyers in december

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  22. Anonymous15:05

    "Sarajevo Airport’s General Manager, Alan Bajić, has said the company in question is known in the region, has a large route network, a respectable fleet and is successful in all of Europe."

    That sounds like Air Serbia to me.

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    1. Anonymous17:07

      That is Air Serbia? 60 routes is large network? And is really Air Serbia succescul in all of Europe?

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    2. Anonymous17:40

      Ćuj ba, all of Europe! Air Serbia also does JFK bolan!

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    3. Anonymous17:43

      It would be unable to fly from Bosnia to an EU destination.

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    4. Anonymous18:43

      What about with Air Serbia - Bosnia Express ... based in SJJ?

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    5. Anonymous19:00

      Anon 17:07 What, 60 routes is not enough for SJJ? Coming from capital airport not even connected to many key hubs of Europe.

      Wizz is not successful in all of Europe. They are 0% successful in Ireland and Belarus - no flights.

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    6. Anonymous19:17

      Anon 19:00
      Can you even read what i wrote or?

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    7. Anonymous19:29

      Doubt it will be Air Serbia due to the lack of planes and most importantly a newer jet which is quite essential if you want to open a base. After all, the fleet is one of the oldest in the continent. I think SJJ needs an A320 for a start and still think W6 is the perfect airline because they are the Eastern European specialists.

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    8. Anonymous19:37

      "most importantly a newer jet which is quite essential if you want to open a base."

      Is this some evidence-based statement? Enlighten me please.

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    9. Anonymous20:52

      Newer aircraft = less maintenance cost = more employees = good for the local economy

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    10. Anonymous20:59

      Newer aircraft = more expensive than 15 year old aircraft lease = less money for employees

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  23. Prije ce Turkish otvoriti bazu nego Wizzair a mozda niko..

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  24. Anonymous21:37

    One should indeed remember the period prior to the 1992-1995 war in BiH. A private initiative created the Air Bosna and Air Commerce in 1991 using JAT's B727 and leased Russian T154 just to surpass at the time necessary JNA-endorsed exit-permit for male ex-YU travelers via Belgrade airport to channel Serbian and Macedonian travelers via domestic flight to Sarajevo and number of direct flights out of Sarajevo mainly DUS, ZRH and on or two other European destination. Last Air Commerce flight to SKP and DUS I believe left SJJ on April 4th 1992. I would not exclude arrangement with Air Serbia while still some of ex-JAT employees may play a role in such an arrangement.

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  25. Maybe it will be LOT by the way ;)

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    1. Anonymous16:28

      I have no idea why but my first thought was exactly that. LOT!

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  26. Anonymous03:39

    It will be Wizz air they even created subsidy Wizz Air Bosnia

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  27. notLufthansa09:43

    SJJ employed Skobir?

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