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Record growth for Sarajevo Airport

Sarajevo Airport has recorded strong passenger growth in August on top of its busiest post war day. It handled 79.796 passengers, an increase of 31.2% compared to the same month last year. On August 31 some 3.600 people passed through the airport, making it its busiest 24 hours since it reopened its doors on August 16, 1996. The growth is being led by a significant increase in flight operations to and from Sarajevo. This year Bosnia and Herzegovina’s busiest airport welcomed the arrival of Pegasus Airlines from Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport, making it a popular alternative to Turkish Airlines and B&H Airlines. Over the summer, Turkish Airlines significantly increased its number of operations, totalling a record of eighteen weekly flights during peak season.

In August Kuwait Airways inaugurated its seasonal flights to the Bosnian capital, competing against Eastern SkyJets which is also operating regular charters from Kuwait City. Adria also operated several charters to Sarajevo this summer, carrying tourists transiting on flights to and from Kuwait. Sarajevo Airport could soon see the arrival of Alitalia as the Italian carrier is considering the city as part of its push to seize new international opportunities and streamline connections. Furthermore, Norwegian Air Shuttle has converted its seasonal summer service from Stockholm to Sarajevo to year long flights. In the first eight months of the year Sarajevo Airport welcomed 453.324 passengers, an increase of 15.1% compared to the same period last year.
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B&H Airlines looking for partner

Following Jat, Adria Airways and Croatia Airlines, B&H Airlines is the latest in search of a strategic partner. The Federal Minister for Transport and Communication, Enver Bijedić, said talks have been held with several potential investors. “We have held talks with… I don’t know… some “Atlas Tours” and some “Airlines”. We are looking for a solution to find a way out of the crisis which has hit all neighbouring carriers”, the minister said. Last year, following Turkish Airlines’ exit from B&H Airlines, several carriers expressed interest to step in and take over. They included Libya’s Buraq Air, Tarhan & Tower Airlines from Turkey and AirAsia from Malaysia. In the end, they all backed away from a potential purchase.

The acting CEO of B&H Airlines, Amir Jažić, says that while the airline is operating normally, a strategic partner would solve all of its problems. “The solution is for someone to purchase us. That would be best for all. This way I doubt we can survive another year. B&H Airlines can’t compete against the large number of airlines which have taken over our flights”, Jažić says. He adds that Pegasus and Turkish Airlines operate up to 25 weekly flights from Sarajevo to Istanbul making it impossible to compete. “We have lost the fight for the Turkish market. You know the saying – big fish eats small fish. The government allowed for other airlines to step in. A few years ago Germanwings took over the German market. Now we have nearly lost Turkey. We can’t compete with two planes”, Mr. Jažić concludes.

Despite all of its problems, last year B&H Airlines posted a profit for the first time since the airline was launched. During this year the carrier repaid all of its loans to the Hypo Bank Group which saw its bank accounts frozen earlier this year due to late payments.

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Turkish Airlines organizovao koktel u okviru SFF-a

Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF) nam je dao priliku, da večeras kao njihov sponzor organizujemo koktel na koji su pozvani svi mediji, turističke agencije, kao i velike firme, kazao je večeras direktor Turkish Airlinesa u BiH Ahmet Salih Kansu tokom koktela koji je u okviru 19. Sarajevo Film Festivala.

“Kao što znate ovo je 19. Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF), a nama je 18. godišnjica kako letimo u Sarajevo, kao Turkish Airlines i veoma smo ponosni da smo sponzori SFF-a, kao oficijelni avio prevoznik festivala”, pojasnio je Kansu.

Kansu se zahvalio i direktoru Sarajevo Film Festivala Mirsadu Purivatri koji je pružio priliku za održavanje jednog ovakvog događaja.

Govoreći o uspjesima THY u BiH, Kansu je podsjetio da iz i u Sarajevo lete već 18 godina, te da su počeli odmah nakon potpisivanja Dejtonskog mirovnog sporazuma.

“Kada smo počeli imali smo samo tri leta sedmično ali se godinama povećavao broj naših putnika i letova, tako da trenutno imamo 18 letova sedmično”, pojasnio je Kansu. Read the full story

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