Bihać Airport targets 2026 opening


The development of Bihać Airport in northwestern Bosnia and Herzegovina is progressing with further construction work set to take place soon. So far, Bihać Airport has built a test runway, which is a 300-metre section of the planned 1.800-metre airstrip, as well as access roads to the airport complex. “In order to enable the continuation of the runway at the future airport, it is necessary to compensate the owners of 132 expropriated land plots at a price of nine to ten euros per square meter of land, depending on its quality”, the head of Bihać Airport, Anel Hadžić, said. The government of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina has so far secured 2.5 million euros out of the required 10.2 million euros to compensate the landowners.

According to Mr Hadžić, the development of the airport’s masterplan is currently underway, which should finally set the pace of future construction work, as well as deadlines. "Various state institutions and departments will be involved in these activities, in order to plan for the timely acquisition of necessary equipment. Under existing plans, and if there are no unforeseen difficulties, the airport could be in operation in three to four years", Mr Hadžić said. He added, “This project has great importance when it comes to linking the Una-Sana Canton with the rest of the country, but will also act as a catalyst for the economic development of Bihać and the entire Una-Sana Canton. The airport will significantly contribute to the development of tourism and increase the number of visitors to the Una National Park and other tourist attractions in the area”.


The entire Bihać Airport project involves the construction of a terminal building, runway and control tower. However, a lack of funding could prove an issue and a private investor might be required in the future. The government has so far invested several million euros into the project each year. Various permits, including an environmental one, have already been secured by the airport. Bihać is located near the Croatian border and is the country's eighth largest city. Bosnia and Herzegovina currently boasts four international commercial airports - Sarajevo, Tuzla, Banja Luka and Mostar. They handled a combined total of 1.907.895 passengers during the January - October period.



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  1. Anonymous09:02

    Waste of time, money and resources.

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    1. Anonymous21:39

      I don't think it's waisting money. Airports are not only for commercial use and flights. They are also for humanitarian and medical transport, for aircrafts that fight against fire etc. We should be happy to have more airports in the region

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  2. Anonymous09:04

    Bravo BH!

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    1. Anonymous21:40

      BH need Bihać and Trebinje airport. And also I would suggest to build East Sarajevo airport for LCC flights and for Srpska official flights

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    2. Jest, vala, jab jos dodo po jedan u Fojnici, Zavidovicima, Tesnju, Kiseljaku i Kotor Varosi

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  3. Anonymous09:07

    can't believe this is going ahead

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  4. Anonymous09:14

    Why is this needed?

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    1. Anonymous09:14

      Its canton is known for having huge diaspora

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    2. Anonymous09:20

      An airport could also lead to the development of tourism in greater numbers. The area around there is beautiful.

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  5. Anonymous09:14

    It's great news. It would be nice to have an airport in Bihac. I really don't understand all the negativity. Airport can be used in many circumstances, not just for commercial flights.

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  6. Anonymous09:15

    Ima svrhe ali za neke buduce generacije

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  7. Anonymous09:15

    I don't understand why such a small country as BiH would want to have so many airports. That is completely uneconomical. Completely pointless and does nothing, except for a few totally subsidized jobs and high costs for the state. A country with 3.5m inhabitants wants to operate 4 airports and build 2 more (Bihać, Trebinje). Because Mostar or Maribor, Osijek, Rijeka, Morava, Ohrid ... are going so well?!

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    1. Anonymous09:26

      It is 100% because of politics

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    2. Anonymous09:26

      Here's another example of pointless airports: the government decided to fund a study to build a new airport in the hinterland of Šibenik. It's just a 1:20 hour drive between ZAD and SPU and you want an new airport in between?

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    3. Anonymous09:31

      Anonymous 09:26
      +1000

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    4. Anonymous20:41

      Politik, just politik points!… I know!!

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  8. Anonymous09:21

    So they started the project even though they have not secured the money for it...

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  9. Anonymous09:22

    What is a test runway. What can they do with a 300m test runway?

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    1. Anonymous09:30

      I think it's more testing in terms of land and terrain sustainability, not whether planes can take off or land.

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  10. Anonymous09:23

    Better start planning funds for building a completely new airport in Sarajevo that could secure its longterm development. Much more useful than Bihać.

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    1. Anonymous09:35

      +1

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    2. Anonymous09:42

      In Ex-Yu, more attention should be paid to the expansion of the railway and road network. It is better to only have 1-2 strong airports per country, which also generate profits. (except Croatia because of the long coast)

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    3. Anonymous10:05

      @9.23 And where do you expect them to build a new airport in Sarajevo?

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    4. @ 9.42 I totally agree.

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  11. Anonymous09:25

    Bosna keeps winning!

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  12. Anonymous09:32

    Can you tell me with coordinates on Google maps?

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    1. Anonymous10:06

      44°47′49.6″N 15°54′15.8″E

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    2. Anonymous19:41

      Thank you very much!

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  13. Anonymous09:32

    " it is necessary to compensate the owners of 132 expropriateland plots"
    with this administration and the corrupt judiciary, it's going to be a lot of fun

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  14. Anonymous10:08

    I'm all for airport and traffic development so good luck Bihac!

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    1. Anonymous21:44

      Me also. It would boost tourism, connectiong people and overall development of the region.

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  15. Anonymous10:08

    What is the distance between Sarajevo and Bihać?

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  16. Anonymous10:14

    Invest this money into existing airports

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  17. Anonymous10:16

    This airport is not as silly as some people think. It could serve the diaspora and tourists as well as a part of Croatia.

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    1. Anonymous10:21

      Bihac is right next to Plitvicka Jezera. It could be used as a charter airport for the lakes. Una is also amazing. A city worth visiting.

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    2. Anonymous10:22

      Just like Osijek? ;-)

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    3. Anonymous15:00

      With runaway of 1800m?! It cannot serve any mass tourism that is being developed in Croatia, it cannot serve diaspora as they are not rich sheikhs to fly with private air taxi jets.
      This can serve local traffic within BA, some cargo and as I said rich guest with private Airetaxis.

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  18. Anonymous10:18

    Bihac-Dortmund by Wizz Air coming up

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    1. Anonymous10:33

      Yes please!

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    2. Anonymous15:01

      By bus maybe.

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    3. Anonymous15:02

      Which plane from Wizz fleet would be able to land there?!

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    4. Anonymous06:43

      Just look at JSI Skiathos Airport. 1628m Runway and during summer all sorts of 738 and A321 land there.
      Nevertheless- is it safe especially with mountainous terrain around? No! I remember AirBerlin deciding that they will no longer fly to SCN (2000m runway) as there is no margin for errors with their B738s during landing though commercially ops were viable.

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  19. Anonymous10:24

    2036 is more realistic for the opening.

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    1. Anonymous10:33

      Even that's optimistic.

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  20. Anonymous12:17

    Too many airports for such as small country. Sarajevo, Tuzla and Banja Luka are more than enough. A total waste of money and resources

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  21. Anonymous12:58

    A complete waste of money. Bosnia’s population is a bit more than 2 million, having 3 airports is more than enough. They should invest more into infrastructure, like highways.
    Sarajevo,Mostar, Banja Luka, Tuzla
    is more than enough.

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    1. Anonymous11:41

      Bosnian population is over 3 milion. Thanks for acknowledging. Bosnian diaspora is over 1 milion people, thanks to the agression from 90s.

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  22. Anonymous15:18

    Actually after reading this, the idea for Trebinje airport makes more sense lol

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  23. Anonymous16:25

    They could instead, hmm -- build a highway to Bihac? Or a proper railway? That would be FAR more utilized AND would let people get to a real airport with lots and lots of connections in not so much time. But it would require actual work...

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    1. Anonymous00:26

      There are actually a number of train tracks (since 100 years), many not in use, others very comfortable. They'd need modernisation and maintenance, and then the 'wrangling' between the entities need to be solved when trains pass between them.

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  24. JetBlue plane on the render haha
    Omg. Don't waste money on useless ideas.

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    1. Anonymous19:36

      Haha I didn't see it until now. Priceless.

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    2. Anonymous06:38

      And on the landscapes render, it looks as if Bihac is situated right at the Adriatic sea!
      LMFAO

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  25. Anonymous18:52

    Hilarious. Balkans is dying out like nowhere else, and yet there are more and more airports. Unless they hope immigrants will use it lol

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    1. Anonymous19:35

      They hope all those people that moved out will come for a holiday once a year and use the airports.

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  26. Anonymous19:37

    Like someone wrote, more money should be invested in road a rail infrastructure. Then we really wouldn't need such projects.

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    1. Anonymous19:46

      Even without investment in road and infrastructure, we really do not need such projects.

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    2. Anonymous00:46

      What a waste of money and resources. Today Sarajevo Airport serves less flights per day than any middle size European airport serves per hour on a typical day.
      B&H shall invest that money to develop a highway and/or high speed train. It will be much better investment as will be used by many more to travel than another tiny airport which will have to be subsidized and require budget money to bring charter airlines or LCCs. Total nonsense.

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  27. Anonymous14:18

    I truly hope this is not serious. Whoever is pursuing this project does not have a clue about airport business, airline business, traffic flows, economic feasibility, and so on. I sincerely hope this is a joke. The last two things that this region needs are the war and the "white elephant" projects like this one.

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    1. Anonymous14:57

      Could be making money on the real estate side of things since they have to buy land.

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