Archive | April, 2013

Wizz Air continues Tuzla expansion

Wizz Air has announced the launch of its third destination from Tuzla in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In addition to the planned flights to Malmo and Basel, the low cost airline will also launch services to Gothenburg City Airport. The new route launch comes only days after Wizz Air increased frequencies to Malmo from two to three times per week, indicating strong ticket sales. The new flights to Gothenburg will primarily serve the large Bosnian diaspora in Sweden. Services will initially operate twice per week, every Monday and Friday, starting June 17. Tickets are already up for sale on the airline’s website. Further flight details can be found here.

Wizz Air’s swift expansion in Tuzla will be warmly welcomed by the airport which has struggled to sustain scheduled air traffic throughout the year. Tuzla Airport CEO, Enver Jukanović, believes Wizz Air’s flights will stimulate travel in the region. “I am certain that people in Slavonia in Croatia and Mačva in Serbia will use Tuzla Airport, which will contribute to further development to air travel in the Balkan region”, Mr. Jukanović says. He adds, “These flights will boost tourism as the region is known for its natural beauty. The Balkans must forget its differences and work together towards economic development and prosperity”.

During the peak summer season, Wizz Air will be operating flights out of Tuzla, Belgrade, Skopje, Split and Ljubljana to 29 destinations. The airline is soon set to reveal further plans for its Belgrade base and will also continue negotiations with Sarajevo Airport regarding a possible route launch. Wizz Air has now established itself as the leading low cost airline in the former Yugoslavia. It is already the busiest airline operating out of Skopje and the second busiest from Belgrade. With the arrival of over forty new aircraft in the coming years, the low cost airline is set to further grow.

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B&H cancels all flights until further notice

The CEO of B&H Airlines, Damir Jažić, has confirmed that the Bosnian national carrier has cancelled all flights until further notice after its only ATR72 in operation suffered technical problems. “You never know what can happen, we can’t take risks. We have made the issue known to the plane manufacturer which overlooks all key components”, Mr. Jažić said. “We will take off as soon as they give the all clear”, he adds. B&H’s other ATR is still in Germany. While work on the aircraft has been completed, the maintenance company is awaiting for payments to be made in order to return the plane. Mr. Jažić says that while the Federation government has cleared funds to make the payments for the aircraft, it still has to make the decision official.

According to global reservation systems, B&H Airlines has cancelled all of its flights until next Saturday, April 27. The airline suspended services last week, though flights were planned to resume yesterday. Furthermore, the airline has cancelled the launch of its Sarajevo – Skopje service. Services were originally planned to be inaugurated on April 1 but were later moved to May. Flights have now completely disappeared from reservation systems and tickets can no longer be booked.

Despite B&H’s woes, Sarajevo Airport recorded strong growth last month. Bosnia and Herzegovina’s busiest airport handled 44.631 passengers, up an impressive 21.4% compared to the same month last year. In the first quarter Sarajevo welcomed 108.467 passengers through its doors, up 12.6%. Meanwhile, Tuzla notched up another month without a single passenger. However, all of that will soon change as Wizz Air launches flights from the city to Malmo and Basel. Yesterday the airline introduced an additional third weekly flight from Tuzla to Malmo, indicating that ticket sales are going extremely well. The added third weekly flight will be launched from June 19.

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Wizz Air looks to Ohrid and Sarajevo

Wizz Air is continuing to eye new destinations within the former Yugoslavia with Ohrid being the latest point of interest. The low cost airline held talks with city and airport authorities regarding the possible launch of flights from the lake side town, which could attract both diaspora passengers and holiday makers. Mayor Nikola Bakračeski says local authorities are prepared to provide subsidies to the airline for it to launch flights, which would in turn fuel local business and tourism. Wizz Air sees potential in Ohrid as an average of 30% of passengers using Skopje Airport come from south west Macedonia, where Ohrid is located.

Wizz Air has identified northern Italy, Switzerland and Germany as potential destinations from Ohrid. Furthermore, the airline believes it could attract passengers from Albania as well due to the town’s close proximity to the Albanian border. Ohrid Airport is currently served only on a seasonal summer basis by Jat Airways with flights from Belgrade and Jetairfly from Brussels. Wizz Air recently announced flights from Tuzla and already has two hubs within the former Yugoslavia – in Belgrade and Skopje. Wizz Air has a sizable order for 92 Airbus A320s with the airline looking to deploy the aircraft across Central and Eastern Europe in the coming years.

Meanwhile, Sarajevo Airport and Wizz Air are planning to go back to the negotiating table after talks between the two sides collapsed last year. Sarajevo Airport is unwilling to lower its taxes, a key demand made by the low cost airline. “We are negotiating with Wizz Air because we believe that the airline could link us with European destinations such as London and Brussels. We held thorough talks in 2012 and we have not given up. Upon Wizz Air’s request we resumed talks on March 12 in order to reach a compromise and for Wizz Air to launch flights from Sarajevo in 2013”, Vedrana Vikić Musić, the head of Sarajevo’s Aviation Services Sales Office says.

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B&H Airlines cancels all flights … again

B&H Airlines has cancelled all of its flights again until Tuesday April 16. Services to Istanbul, Zurich, Copenhagen and Banja Luka have all been cancelled as the airline’s sole operating ATR72 is believed to be undergoing scheduled maintenance. The carrier’s other ATR, grounded in Germany, is expected to return to Sarajevo soon. A total of 460.000 euros has been accumulated from the departure tax at Sarajevo Airport, which is the amount needed for the aircraft’s maintenance in Germany to be paid, Amir Jažić, B&H CEO says. The Federation government now has to clear the funds which will then be transferred to Germany.

Last week the Federation government approved a 1.3 million euro cash injection for B&H Airlines. More than half of the allocated funds will be used for fuel, followed by handling and landing and maintenance. B&H Airlines plans to launch flights to Skopje in less than a month. With the arrival of its second ATR the carrier will have the opportunity to launch another new destination during the summer. The airline has given up on previous plans to lease a jet engine aircraft.

B&H is facing stiffer competition with the recent arrival of Pegasus Airlines in Sarajevo and the potential arrival of Wizz Air. In May, Gryphon Airlines is expected to launch seasonal summer flights from Kuwait City to the Bosnian capital with its Boeing 767. It will be joined by Kuwait Airways which will operate the route through August and September with its Airbus A300-600 via Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport. Meanwhile, local authorities have agreed for promotional flights to be operated between Moscow and Sarajevo in either June or July by Moskovia Airlines. The promo flight should serve as a prelude to regular services between the two capitals in the near future.

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Pegasus Airlines predstavio redovnu avioliniju Istanbul-Sarajevo

Pegasus Airlines predstavio redovnu avioliniju Istanbul-Sarajevo

Danas je u Sarajevu održana konferencija za medije na kojoj je menadžment kompanije Pegasus Airlines predstavio redovnu avioliniju Istanbul-Sarajevo koja je uspostavljena 28. februara 2013. godine.

Gospodin Ali Sabanci, predsjednik kompanije Pegasus Airlines i gospođa Guliz Ozturk, potpredsjednica kompanije, istakli su da je Pegasus utvrdio svoje prisustvo na Balkanu dodavši Sarajevo kao novu destinaciju u regiji:

“Pegasus Airlines sada pruža usluge na ukupno 68 destinacija u 27 zemalja, a naša linija za Sarajevo je peta destinacija koju pokrivamo na Balkanu. Učinili smo zračni promet pristupačnijim u regiji, šireći našu mrežu letova na Balkan, uz Evropu, Kavkaz i Srednji Istok.”

Gospodin Sabanci je također naglasio potencijal regije, istaknuvši slijedeće:

“Vjerujemo u potencijal koji nudi Balkan, te u potencijal i prilike koje postoje za Pegasus na Balkanu, Kavkazu i Srednjem Istoku i koje predstavljaju prioritet za nas. S obzirom na povećan broj turista koji dolaze u Sarajevo i cijelu BiH, vjerujemo da ćemo biti u prilici predstaviti ‘Pegasus način letenja’ što većem broju putnika. Nudimo pristupačne cijene, redovne letove i nove zrakoplove.”

Pegasus Airlines BH tržište smatraju od posebnog značaja zbog kulturnih i historijskih veza koje vežu Tursku i BiH.
Budući plan Pegasus Airlinesa je da uvede i svakodnevne letove između Sarajeva i Istanbula. Trenutno letovi iz Sarajeva za Istanbul polaze svakog ponedjeljka, utorka, srijede, četvrtka i nedjelje.

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Aerodrom Sarajevo – Otvorena automatska mjenjacnica novca

Otvorena automatska mjenjacnica novca
U prizemlju Terminala B Medjunarodnog aerodroma Sarajevo u funkciji je automatska mjenjacnica novca.
Zvanicnom otvorenju prisustvovali su generalni direktor Aerodroma Sarajevo Ivan Velican, direktor Raiffeisen banke Michael Müller igrado nacelnik Sarajeva Alija Behmen, koji je napravio prvu transakciju i time zvanicno pustio u rad
ATM mjenjanicu.
Mjenjacnice su svakodnevni dio potreba aerodroma, a prednost ovog ure|aja je ta što je za razliku od klasicnih mjenjacnica dostupan u periodu otvorenosti Medjunarodnog aerodroma Sarajevo.
Automatska mjenjacnica moze se koristiti za gotovinske transakcije zamjene stranih valuta u lokalnu valutu, KM. U ovoj mjenjacnici omogucena je zamjena valuta: EUR, USD, CHF i HRK u KM, a u narednom periodu planirano je
širenje ove liste valuta.

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Aerodrom Sarajevo Letovi

07:55     07:45       SarAJEVO – ISTANBUL     TK 1021
12:25     12:23       SarAJEVO – MUNICH
12:35     12:50       SarAJEVO – COLOGNE     4U 492
14:15     14:15       SarAJEVO – VIENNA
15:25     15:05       SarAJEVO – ISTANBUL     PC 729
15:45     15:50       SarAJEVO – ZAGREB
16:00     15:45       SarAJEVO – ISTANBUL     JA 107
16:05     16:02       SarAJEVO – LJUBLJANA
19:35     19:35       SarAJEVO – ISTANBUL     TK 1025
21:25     21:25       SarAJEVO – VIENNA
22:00     22:00       SarAJEVO – BEOGRAD
22:50     22:50       SarAJEVO – ZAGREB     OU 342

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B&H Airlines is here to stay

B&H Airlines has denied recent claims by the “Dnevni Avaz” newspaper that the Federation government of Bosnia and Herzegovina is planning to shut down the carrier. “Since our accounts were reinstated, B&H Airlines continues to operate flights from Sarajevo Airport normally. We are carrying out flights according to the 2013 timetable and final preparations are underway for flights to Skopje to be launched”, the airline said in a press release.

B&H Airlines is currently operating services to Istanbul, Copenhagen, Zurich and Banja Luka with a single ATR72 which has forced the carrier to reduce its flight offering. However, the airline’s second ATR, which has been undergoing maintenance in Germany for the past few months, is set to return to the fleet on April 22, after which B&H plans to boost frequencies. Officially, the airline still plans to lease a jet engine aircraft, with global reservation systems displaying a Fokker 100 operating flights from Sarajevo to Istanbul starting May 1. While the airline hasn’t included Amsterdam in its summer timetable, it has been granted slots at the Dutch airport for the upcoming summer, indicating a possible return for the carrier to the city.

Earlier this week, the popular daily “Dnevni Avaz” broke the news that the Federation government of Bosnia and Herzegovina has decided to shut down its national carrier. It added that cabinet members are set to vote in favour of the airline’s closure as it can no longer support B&H which has accumulated significant debt for its relatively small size. The government forks out 3.5 million euros for the carrier on an annual basis. The government has blamed Turkish Airlines for leaving B&H last year in a worse state then prior to the acquisition in 2008.

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Wizz Air from Tuzla to Basel

Wizz Air has announced the launch of its second destination from Bosnia and Herzegovina’s third largest city, Tuzla. The low cost airline will launch services from Tuzla to Basel Mulhouse from June 15. Flights are set to operate twice per week, every Tuesday and Saturday. The services will come in handy for the sizable Bosnian diaspora in Switzerland but also those in nearby Germany and France. Additional flight details for the planned new route can be found here. The low cost airline has already put tickets on sale on its website.

The news comes only a week after Wizz Air announced it was launching its first flights to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The airline will inaugurate services from Malmo to Tuzla on May 31. The no frills airline expects to carry up to 30.000 passengers from Tuzla in its first year. The service will also boost passenger numbers at Tuzla Airport which handled 4.191 passengers in 2012, its worst result in more than three years.

With the addition of Bosnia and Herzegovina to its network, Wizz Air will operate more than 260 routes across 31 countries. This summer season, the airline will boast a significant network from the former Yugoslavia. In the table below you can review which destinations the no frills airline will be serving from EX-YU cities.

Wizz Air launches 2 weekly flights to Tuzla:

Flight number: W64294

Departure city: MLH
Departure time: 17.30
Arrival time: 19.15
Arrival city: TZL
Aircraft type: A320
Day operating: -2—6-

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Flight number: W64293
Departure city: TZL
Departure time: 19.45
Arrival time: 21.40
Arrival city: MLH
Aircraft type: A320
Day operating: -2—6-
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