Sarajevo launches airline subsidies, targets 26 routes


Sarajevo Airport has issued a public call to airlines for the introduction of new routes in return for subsidies. The funds will be distributed to an airline or carriers willing to base aircraft in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital, those launching flights to cities within Europe deemed to be of strategic importance, as well as those operating long-haul flights from Sarajevo, i.e., services of over six hours. However, the airport is primarily targeting the introduction of 26 European destinations, some of which are already served. These include Berlin, Memmingen, Malmo, Copenhagen, Paris, Basel, Amsterdam, Eindhoven, London, Brussels, Rome, Milan, Budapest, Prague, Barcelona, Madrid, Geneva, Bari, Lisbon, Dusseldorf, Athens, Tirana, Skopje, Izmir, Antalya and Podgorica. Outside of Europe, the airport is targeting flights from China (including Hong Kong), Singapore, Lebanon, Japan, Jordan, India, Israel, Indonesia and Malaysia, as well as any destination in North America.

Local authorities have allocated some 225.000 euros in subsidies and the amount an airline can get depends on the number of destinations launched, the type of destinations introduced, as well as the offered frequencies. Airlines eligible to apply for the public call, which runs until September 4, will be selected if they launch at least one of the 26 routes of strategic importance, maintain at least two weekly flights on the selected route or routes, project to carry a minimum of 100.000 passengers to/from Sarajevo and operate with an aircraft that has the capacity to seat at least 100 people. Priority will be given to carriers willing to establish a base in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital, airlines launching flights from unserved destinations, carriers commencing services from European destinations from the list above, then those increasing frequencies on existing routes, and finally those launching long-haul services.

The development comes after Sarajevo Airport issued a public call late last year for an airline to station an aircraft in the city in return for incentives for which one carrier applied. Although the name of the airline has never been revealed, the airport confirmed it was a non-European company that could not secure permits to operate out of Bosnia and Herzegovina to third countries. Wizz Air’s base closure in Sarajevo late last year has had an impact on the airport’s passenger performance. It is one of the rare European capital city airports to have registered a decline in figures during the first half of the year when compared to the same period in 2022, part of which was still impacted by coronavirus-related travel restrictions.



Comments

  1. Anonymous09:00

    This is becoming rather sad.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous17:58

      Does Branson still fly to the lover orbit? Maybe he would be also interested. I mean, it's a substantial sum of money.

      Delete
    2. Anonymous22:16

      For that money can only Δ†umur Airways fly

      Delete
    3. Anonymous15:35

      For the all routes they need at least 10 mil €

      Delete
  2. Anonymous09:01

    This has to be a joke. This comes to 8.500€ per route - many of them are at least medium haul if not long haul.


    I thought slovenia is in dire position but, BiH you outdid even yourself

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous09:02

      The amount of money is absurdly low. And they want flights to China???

      Delete
    2. Anonymous09:04

      8500 doesn't even cover the permit application process, what are they thinking πŸ˜‚

      Delete
    3. Anonymous16:56

      They obviously don't expect all routes to be established to get the subs, especially not by the same carrier, however I do agree they'll likely need to increase the amount if they want someone serious to base an aircraft and run several routes.

      Delete
    4. Anonymous21:07

      That's obviously not all of the money. Cantonal government allocated 500k and the federal will allocate even more

      Delete
    5. Anonymous21:09

      The public call says nothing about any additional funds. Also important to note your are talking about BAM not EUR.

      Delete
    6. Anonymous18:59

      I was definitely talking about EUR

      Delete
  3. Anonymous09:03

    The fact that there are no flights to most of the those 26 cities, or that they can't be sustained without state support is problematic.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous09:03

      Well, that's the whole point of launching the subsidies... Why do you feel the need to point out that it is problematic?

      Delete
    2. Anonymous09:05

      Because I would stand giving money to start flights to some periphery routes but to Paris!?

      Delete
    3. Anonymous09:18

      *understand

      Delete
    4. Anonymous09:20

      most ex-Yu (capital city) airports are subsidising routes to the most basic of European destinations. I really don’t get it. If you can’t sustain flights to Paris, Amsterdam or Brussels without subsidies then you have a bigger problem.

      Delete
    5. Anonymous10:59

      Well I think that the German and Swedish destanations can go without subsidies but Paris definitely need subsidies.

      Delete
    6. Anonymous12:37

      Bosnia is rather complicated market when it comes to European routes as there is no habit to fly from Bosnia as a tourist. Economy is sh*t and these markets need to be subsidized as there is no other way. What is the other way? What would upper aviation specialists do to solve Bosnian "bigger problem"? And only problem with these subsidizes is that they are peanuts. But taxpayers in Bosnia are paying for much bigger bullshits that subsidy of 1m € for a FR single route to Rome which will be visited by Bosnian youngsters for 50€ is justified. More than justified! And we have to accept the reality. Sarajevo Airports can't work alone in bringing tourists to Bosnia. There is no National Tourist Board, no strategy, no National ministry of tourism, no campaigns to visit Bosnia abroad. How would people come? And why would they come somewhere where they believe war is still on?

      Delete
    7. Anonymous14:07

      There are 3 nation's in BiH so it is not possible to have national tourist board etc. You are wrong. A lot of people travel abroad as a tourists or to visit family and friends. There are currently enough flight to European destinations. All destinations can not be covered as well as currently from Belgrade or Zagreb also.

      Delete
    8. Anonymous09:00

      Bosnia has no 3 nations. However, when using English, "national" refers to something on the state level. Get your mind out of the 90s!

      Delete
    9. Anonymous15:38

      In English, in UK nationality is British. In BiH there is no legal ground for national expression or name. In BiH that could be called, common state level. BiH is not country like others, so that should be respected.

      Delete
  4. Anonymous09:03

    I predict no one will apply

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous09:31

      Same. Doubt anything will come of this.

      Delete
    2. Anonymous15:44

      For that money maybe one route

      Delete
  5. Anonymous09:04

    Can't wait for Sarajevo-India!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous09:05

      You can't wait, others won't wait bcs it's not happening

      Delete
  6. Anonymous09:06

    Bari? Why on earth is this city on their list of strategically important ones?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous09:08

      Casinos for the governmental officials

      Delete
    2. Anonymous11:41

      I really wonder what the demand is between Bari and Sarajevo lol.

      Delete
    3. Anonymous19:40

      All "experts" can not see southern Italy pilgrimage travelers to Medjugorje? Single suothern airport would do either Bari or Brindisi...

      Delete
    4. Anonymous20:42

      Airport for that is Mostar not Sarajevo.

      Delete
    5. Anonymous15:45

      Bari Mostar has sense but Bari Sarajevo is πŸ˜‚

      Delete
  7. Anonymous09:09

    Bravo Bosnia and Herzegovina! πŸ‡§πŸ‡¦πŸ‡§πŸ‡¦πŸ‡§πŸ‡¦

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous15:46

      Bravo for becoming Middle East hub

      Delete
  8. Anonymous09:10

    One of the most absurd public calls I have ever seen. Like they didn't know what they want with very limited funds.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Anonymous09:11

    Some of the routes are rather questionable and makes me thing it was tailored towards some airline.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous09:33

      Most of these tenders are fixed.

      Delete
    2. Anonymous09:51

      Wizz?

      Delete
    3. Anonymous14:08

      They infact intend to have new routes that were in Tuzla

      Delete
  10. Anonymous09:11

    To me this looks like pushing some airlines to start flights which would in any case. So I see Anadolujet starting those Turkish routes.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Anonymous09:16

    Good luck

    ReplyDelete
  12. Anonymous09:18

    Can't wait for Sarajevo-Jakarta

    ReplyDelete
  13. Anonymous09:21

    Result of not having a national carrier.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous12:47

      Nope, this is result of not being able to do your own job. Not everybody needs national carrier, and lets see the situation at those who have, Air Montenegro? Or maybe Croatia Airlines which flies to 15 routes from Zagreb?

      Delete
    2. Anonymous13:51

      Croatia Airlines handles hundreds of thousands of passengers from Zagreb. You can't compare it to Air Montenegro.

      Delete
    3. Oh yes, you can compare it. Taking into account size and population of Montenegro, their airline is doing better, or at least equal as OU. Plus, talking about "hundreds of thousands" of passenger on the market of 11 million, just proves how wrong and clueless you are

      Delete
  14. Anonymous09:21

    The money is peanuts.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Anonymous09:22

    Might be getting a bit ahead of themselves with long haul.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Anonymous09:25

    Might as well have put Timbuktu in there, it's probably more viable than some of the destinations listed.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Anonymous09:30

    SKP was the first airport do work under concession, then everybody followed.
    SKP was the first one to offer subsidies (for which it is criticized even today), now everybody does it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous09:31

      I wouldn't necessarily take pride in the second.

      Delete
    2. Anonymous09:33

      It is telling that very few airlines ever apply to these tenders. In Macedonia pretty much Wizz Air has been the only one to reply. For the Sarajevo tender in the past only one airline has applied. In Slovenia just 2 applied...

      Delete
    3. Anonymous10:12

      It shows that the markets are not very strong.

      Delete
    4. Anonymous10:57

      Wizz basing six aircrafts (with only 3 required) ... it worked for the airport

      Delete
  18. Anonymous09:32

    250k Way too low

    ReplyDelete
  19. Anonymous09:33

    Amount of money have to be increased, and it will eventually. However, even if 2 new routes get established and helped with this subsidies, it will achieve its purpose for now.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Anonymous09:35

    Wouldn't it be smarter to establish a national airline initially with 1 or 2 aircraft and launch most important routes?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous09:38

      They would need a lot more money and someone that would actually know how to do it. Unfortunately, I don't think there is anyone in Bosnia left to work in the aviation sector. That's what not having an airline for 10+ years does.

      Delete
    2. Anonymous09:43

      I can only imagine running an airline with all the politics and bureaucracy in BiH.

      Delete
  21. Anonymous09:35

    If Wizz could not make it work out of Sarajevo with incentives, it is questionable about others.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous19:02

      It wasn't about the LF or money as they had both metrics over their company average, those were just rough times for Wizz management

      Delete
  22. Anonymous09:37

    Transavia could fly from both ORY and AMS to SJJ in my opinion.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous09:45

      If AMS and ORY alone are covered with one airline like Transavia, those subsidies will justify its purpose.

      Delete
    2. Anonymous11:39

      And Eindhoven too.

      Delete
  23. Anonymous09:38

    Sarajevo needs Wizz replacement ASAP.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous09:42

      Replacement had to be found months ago.

      Delete
  24. Anonymous09:42

    I don’t think they are going to Asia but for Europe they can do it.
    Good luck Bih!

    ReplyDelete
  25. Anonymous09:43

    They have to start from somewhere. So having those subsidies will be a test. Will be awesome to establish a new local airline and connect with a few cities with high demand along with charters. Who knows perhaps some day.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Anonymous09:46

    Until when does the tender last?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous09:46

      It says in the article. 4th September.

      Delete
    2. Anonymous09:52

      Missed it. Thanks

      Delete
  27. Anonymous09:47

    Why Memmingen and not Munich???

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous09:48

      MUC airport is highly expensive.

      Delete
    2. Anonymous19:03

      No LCC flies to MUC and Memmingen is only 15-20 minutes further from the central station

      Delete
  28. Anonymous09:54

    While I wish SJJ all the best, I don't see anyone serious applying for this kind of money.

    ReplyDelete
  29. Anonymous10:02

    Out of those 28 suggested cities, a couple of routes with a high demand and this kind of money offered can work out very well.

    ReplyDelete
  30. Anonymous10:04

    They can't sutisfy Wizz needs are you joking me that someone will connect america , china , india with sarajevo ?? Better joke I havent heard long time ago especially at morning time :D :D

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous10:11

      Long haul is far too ambitious. But who knows..Malaysia Airlines with its A330 can fill the plane easily once a week. Tourism plus Australia transit.

      Delete
    2. Anonymous10:11

      The demand for a seasonal flight to the US is there actually.

      Delete
    3. Anonymous10:32

      @Anon 10:11
      LOL, sure there is!
      BUD and OTP can't support even seasonal flights to the US but SJJ will...

      Delete
    4. Anonymous11:45

      I am speaking from reality perspective , if one country cannot survive its own market with just airline like Wizz which is one of the cheapest options for us balkanians and flying to place where our most diaspora lives , you cannot establish flights like usa , india , thats too much , countrys such as Hungary dont have flights to usa , which is way better enonomicly then Bosnia and its in the EU , have also more visa free countries , its just not make sense , I take only one example and there is thousands ...Reality is bosnia can expexct ryaniair maybe transavia , but nothing more then that , not even long hauls ...

      Delete
    5. Anonymous19:04

      Bosnia has well over 2M passengers on all 4 airports which was unimaginable 5 years ago

      Delete
  31. Anonymous10:12

    Would be fantastic to see some widebodies at SJJ.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous10:34

      Won't happen anytime soon unfortunately.

      Delete
  32. Anonymous10:13

    Have there ever been any long hauls to Sarajevo?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous10:15

      No. Unless you consider JAT's flights to Baghdad as long haul.

      Delete
    2. Anonymous10:29

      Baghdad route was because XT?

      Delete
  33. Anonymous10:14

    I wonder what criteria they used to choose these destinations.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous10:29

      Hey Siri, name 26 cities with international airports.

      Delete
    2. Anonymous10:34

      It really looks like that haha

      Delete
    3. Anonymous10:34

      It's like when you ask a child what does it want for a birthday and they start naming random things lol

      Delete
    4. Anonymous15:59

      Apparently head of SJJ and some amateur analyst are at least acquaintances. Wish list of destinations reads as it was put together after a couple of hours of partying.

      Delete
  34. Anonymous10:37

    Always thought it would be cool for Sarajevo to attract easyjet but with these destinations, no chance.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous10:40

      I believe funding is more of an issue here than the chosen destinations.

      Delete
    2. Anonymous18:07

      Why, Berlin, Paris, Basel, Amsterdam, London, Milan, Barcelona, ​​Geneva and Lisbon are all bases for easyJet. Although the most realistic I see Basel and Geneva from Sarajevo with easyJet.

      Delete
  35. Anonymous10:56

    Sarajevo long haul? Please...

    ReplyDelete
  36. Anonymous10:58

    Aegean will apply for SKP ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous12:16

      SKP ATH and maybe one more.

      Delete
  37. Anonymous11:37

    Skopje and Tirana are strategically important routes for them? Ok

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous11:39

      They want to give money to Aegean and Air Montenegro.

      Delete
    2. Anonymous11:45

      always funny how SKP and TIA are underestimated here.

      Delete
    3. Anonymous12:09

      In this situation SKP and Tirana
      YES , they are way better then Sarajevo!!!

      Delete
  38. Anonymous11:41

    It would bring much more value to the airport if it signed a contract with Air France to launch Paris CDG - Sarajevo and gave them the entire 225,000 for that one route rather than spreading peanuts on a gazillion routes no one will use and no one will apply for.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous11:45

      Agree!

      Delete
    2. Anonymous11:58

      "paid route" ?

      Delete
    3. Anonymous12:03

      Yes better to pay a serious airline for one route that can generate transfer passengers and P2P and actually be of use to the general public while having a high likelihood of actually being kept after one year than throwing eurocents on flights to Bari with some no name airline. With Air France you can put another major legacy carrier into your portfolio.

      Delete
  39. Anonymous12:54

    Wizzair was the best thing that happend to SJJ, but they let it go. Nothing will happen now considering the amount of money they are willing to give. Only SKP and maybe TGD will get subsidied i.e Aegean and Air Montenegro.

    ReplyDelete
  40. Vueling13:05

    Vueling can easily connect Sarajevo with four of those destinations: Barcelona, Paris, London and Amsterdam

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous14:04

      Vueling has very few flights in ex-Yu and they are cutting flights in Croatia. I don't think this is their area of focus.

      Delete
    2. Vueling withdrawing from Croatia scared by Jasmin 's brilliant strategy, huge growth of OU, especially at its hub, and expected "brand new shiny A220 fleet" πŸ˜ƒ

      Delete
    3. Anonymous14:26

      Comedy central

      Delete
    4. Anonymous15:48

      You are laughing now but once those A380 start arriving from India, Japan and Bari you will be sorry.

      Delete
  41. Anonymous14:01

    Paris, London and Amsterdam are an absolute must, not sure why these routes don’t exist already? Or why Air France or KLM or British dont fly to Sarajevo, loosing a lot of connections.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous14:03

      Well at least Wizz starts Luton in a month and a half. BA used to fly to Sarajevo once upon a time.

      Delete
    2. Anonymous14:26

      BA has not enough margin to operate a route such this, as Sarajevo prices should be very high in order to have benefits. Vueling is able to operate those destinations at a low cost having benefits.

      Delete
    3. Anonymous14:45

      Flag companies has nothing to do. People in BiH are not willing to pay the high prices they sell the tickets (see Air Serbia fares). Besides, Western Europe citizens has other attractive destinations available at the same price of AF, KLM and BA. If they have to pay the same price to visit BiH as they have to pay to go to Spain or Italy with Ryanair, Wizz Air or Vueling, they will go to Spain ant Italy with no doubt. BiH needs low cost carriers in order to increase its tourism.

      Delete
  42. Anonymous15:03

    Flights to London will be restored shortly. Negotiations with Vueling are ongoing. Now if they can get agreement with Vueling for BCN, ORY and AMS in one package it will be game changer.

    ReplyDelete
  43. Anonymous16:32

    Now if this happens. What are the chances that we wil see an expansion, 26 routes for a airport with roughly 6 gates. In my oppinion Sarajevo Airport should focus on Scandinavian countries, Polen and maybe look forward to begining service to the UK. I believe that with 6 gates and an additional 26 routes is gonna make chaos in Sarajevo making at least half of them leave the deal, or even some workers might end up quiting bc the airport would end up having to work during the night. If this is it wil be a total chaos for Sarajevo. Tho i would like if they began service to Scandanavian countries.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous19:23

      Ok. But they currently have 30 routes + 26 which adds up to 56 routes. On 6 gates. There wil at least be 3-5 cancelled flight due to chaos .

      Delete
    2. Anonymous20:58

      You included charter and seasonal flights. Skopje has 60-65( included with charter and seasonal routes)routes and 5 airbridges so that shouldn’t be a problem for SJJ

      Delete
    3. Anonymous22:57

      SKP has 6 airbridges, and 15 additional parking positions

      Delete
  44. Why american friends dont open just 1 flight to somwhere in usa.

    ReplyDelete
  45. Anonymous17:06

    The amount of money is a joke

    ReplyDelete
  46. Anonymous18:30

    "Ε ta Δ‡eΕ‘ od priloga?
    - sve"

    ReplyDelete
  47. Anonymous20:24

    This new management did enormous work when it comes to SJJ. More have been done then for the past 20 years. More is to come. SJJ will became boutique modern airport. From financial aspect SJJ is doing more than very well. All hubs in Europe will be covered in time. It is possible that at some point in time authorities will establish local airline and hopefully with foreign CEO who will make things right. Tourism will eventually determine this outcome. Bravo Sarajevo

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous20:48

      LOL! SJJ could not keep Wizz, enormous work indeed. Less is to come, not more. Portoroz is a boutique airport, not Sarajevo. All hubs will be covered in time? What, in about 50 years from now? Establishing local airline with foreign CEO was attempted several times and failed every time.

      Delete
  48. Anonymous21:32

    SJJ is relatively small airport in one capital city. Once all work is completed it can offer services like many high end airports in Europe. SJJ is not competing with any airport in the region. It is good thing in a long run. From SJJ you can reach any destination in the world with LH/LX/QR/TK. Obviously you want much more than this, in that case BEG and ZAG are not far away. Good luck.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous19:07

      It should've done a bigger expansion but yes, when all the office spaces and restaurants are open it's gonna be on the same level as Split and Dubrovnik spacewise

      Delete

Post a Comment

EX-YU Aviation News does not tolerate insults, excessive swearing, racist, homophobic or any other chauvinist remarks or provocative posts with the intention of creating further arguments. A full list of comment guidelines can be found here. Thank you for your cooperation.