One airline interested in Sarajevo base


One airline has applied to Sarajevo’s public call to establish a base in the city in return for incentives, the airport has confirmed. Without giving details on which carrier has expressed interest, talks between the two sides are now set to begin. The airport launched a similar tender in 2020, which was won by Wizz Air. It was the only one to have applied at the time. Wizz Air closed its Sarajevo base after just a year and a half in November of last year. The new call was not limited to low cost carriers and neither does it require for the airline to base two aircraft in the city, as was previously the case.

Under the terms issued by Sarajevo Airport, the interested carrier must open its base in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital this year in order to qualify for the incentives. The subsidies are limited only to the number of passengers carried, however, the airline will qualify for the incentives regardless of how many travellers it handles. The more departing passengers it welcomes on board its aircraft from Sarajevo, the greater the financial support, however, the exact amount of funds have not been made public.

Sarajevo Airport had previously noted it was in discussions with Ryanair over launching flights from the city. Ryanair has expanded its operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina last year. It entered the market in 2018 with services to Banja Luka. Furthermore, the carrier launched operations to Tuzla in November of last year, with services from Vienna, Stockholm and Memmingen. Ryanair’s Director of Route Development, Ray Kelliher, recently said, “We look forward to growing in Bosnia and Herzegovina over the coming years and being able to announce more new and exciting routes for next summer”. Sarajevo Airport handled a record 1.377.348 passengers in 2022, representing an increase of 79.5% on the previous year and up 20.4% on the pre-pandemic 2019. The growth was primarily fuelled by Wizz Air.



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  1. Anonymous09:01

    Love the terminal entrance!

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    1. Anonymous10:43

      Me too, its really beautiful!!!

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  2. Anonymous09:05

    Is it Ryanair?

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    1. Anonymous09:18

      Don't think so. We will find out soon enough.

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    2. Anonymous09:41

      Tradition has it, it would be an Arab carrier

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  3. Anonymous09:06

    Hope it works out. Sarajevo needs flights to main European airports.

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  4. Anonymous09:06

    Croatia Airlines

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    1. Anonymous09:08

      If they were not interested in LJU why would they be interested in SJJ?

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    2. Anonymous09:09

      LJU was not offering incentives.

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    3. Anonymous09:43

      Kakva crna Kroacija ne mogu se sastavit od lapanja

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    4. Nemojte tako, molim Vas, pa to je sve postenjacina do postenjacine, strucnjak do strucnjaka, moralne vertikale kojima je jedino opce dobro i dobrobit kompanije na pameti

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  5. Anonymous09:10

    I think it's OU also!

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    1. Anonymous09:17

      I hope not because it means we will get Munich and maybe one more destination and flights would be terminated the second the subsidies ended.

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    2. Anonymous09:24

      It would not be just 2 routes with a based aircraft.

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    3. Anonymous10:12

      Years ago they wanted to open a base in Sarajevo.

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    4. No, it would be 3 routes - Zagreb, Munich and Frankfurt

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    5. Anonymous17:49

      Actually it would be 6. ZAG, FRA, MUC, VIE, ZRH and BRU. It's not only LH in Cartel.

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  6. Miroslav iz Sumadije09:10

    For the sake of all the Ba people in the Sarajevo region, I hope it's Ryanair. It's a great airline at great prices.

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  7. Anonymous09:13

    So I assume this airline will start flights in summer 23 if agreement is reached

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    1. Anonymous09:18

      Yes

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    2. Anonymous09:23

      "Under the terms issued by Sarajevo Airport, the interested carrier must open its base in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital this year in order to qualify for the incentives."

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  8. Anonymous09:22

    Was expecting greater interest tbh.

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    1. Anonymous09:23

      How? Last time only one airline applied as well.

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    2. Anonymous10:16

      Why? Sarajevo market isn't big or high yielding. Just look at how modest the demand is when there are no subsidies.

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    3. Anonymous15:00

      Sarajevo market is quite good, it's the most visited capital in ex-yu after Ljubljana

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  9. Anonymous09:35

    I think its Adria airways

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    1. Anonymous09:38

      😂😂😂

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    2. Anonymous09:46

      Yes they would base three of their fifteen SU100 aircrafts they ordered.

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    3. Anonymous10:58

      ADRIA AIRWAYS SARAJEVO- NEW YORKKK SU100 !!!! 😂😂😂

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  10. Anonymous09:37

    I hope its an airline which has some crj900 or embraer aircrafts in their fleet so they can establish few routes to the balkans like LJU or SKP

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    1. Anonymous09:41

      That would be perfect. Sarajevo and Skopje back in Lj

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    2. Anonymous09:46

      Exactly

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  11. Anonymous10:12

    I wouldn't be surprised if Wizz Air applied again.

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    1. Anonymous12:42

      Neither would I

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    2. Anonymous13:52

      It would make no sense.

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    3. Anonymous09:05

      It certainly would, better prices, they open and close as they please.

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  12. Anonymous10:13

    Sarajevo is missing so many vital links that this would be welcomed.

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  13. Anonymous10:13

    Hope to see Ryanair in Sarajevo.

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  14. Anonymous10:15

    Hope to see either Air France (Hop) or Eurowings.

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    1. Anonymous10:22

      AF base in SJJ?? LOL

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  15. Anonymous10:34

    Must be United!

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  16. Anonymous10:45

    Would be grat if it was Ryanair or Easyjet. Maybe Wizz applied again under better terms for them?

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    1. Anonymous09:06

      Hopefully Ryanair

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  17. Anonymous10:47

    Well we had Air Bosnia, BH Airlines, Bosnian Wand Airlines and FlyBosnia, I wonder what other name is left for a carrier backed by Arabs

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    1. Anonymous12:30

      Air Bosnia and BH Airlines were never backed by Arabs, it was fully funded by the Government, and were state owned. BWA and FlyBosnia were private companies funded by the Arabs.

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  18. Anonymous10:49

    If is Croatia, for example, will there be a maximum ticket price? If they get money for route, then it should be affordable to pax from Ba.

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    1. If it's Croatia, be prepared double subsidies are needed - one for the scheduled flights, and the other one for empty planes following to pick up left luggage 😃 And prepair sufficient quantities of butter for the doors

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  19. Anonymous10:49

    Its Fly Bosnia 😂😂

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  20. Anonymous14:14

    Air Montenegro, provjereno...

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  21. Anonymous14:45

    please make a smart and rational decision.

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  22. Anonymous14:45

    Watch and learn Fraport!

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  23. Anonymous14:45

    Sarajevo Airport deserves a serious airline to open up a base. Well done on this initiative.

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  24. Anonymous14:55

    Fantastic news from SJJ

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    1. Anonymous14:57

      They need some. This will be a disastrous winter.

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    2. notLufthansa17:05

      let me guess.....it's Croatia?






      yeeeee, bravo Hrvatska!

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    3. Well, in that case I wouldn't need to call : Jasmineeee!!! And for Bravo Hrvatska, but of course 😃

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  25. Anonymous17:47

    Sarajevo needs better connections to Europe, especially an airline that has code share with some of the US carriers. Lots of Bosnians are traveling from the US

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    1. Anonymous07:18

      As long as they fly to Frankfurt its an easy connection to Us.
      They need a couple of cities in Germany, Stockholm and Gothenburg in Sweden and Vienna, maybe Copenhagen and Oslo..Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona, Budapest,Prag and Warszaw would be nice too.

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  26. Anonymous01:06

    A guy with really limited context here, but how ridiculous would it be for Air Serbia to have a bid?

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    1. Anonymous03:44

      They way Air Serbia is motivated at this time, I don't see why it wouldn't be them. Even if they have capacity issues, I think they will still have a go.

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    2. Anonymous09:42

      Its not possible that its Air Serbia, they cant fly into EU from Bosnia. It needs to be an EU airline. I would say its either Ryan or Wizz again, or maybe Easyjet?

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    3. notLufthansa20:47

      It may be Air Baltic in cooperation with OU, introducing&testing A220 in the region

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