Traditional water cannons welcomed on Tuesday the first Qatar Airways aircraft which landed at the Sarajevo International Airport, now connected with Doha.
Flights of the newly established Doha – Sarajevo direct route will be four times a week, on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and their duration is six hours.
Qatar Airways Group CEO, Akbar Al Baker, arrived on the inaugural flight together with the Ambassador of BiH to Qatar, Tarik Sadovic, whose support led to the establishment of this service.
The Sarajevo International Airport spokeswoman, Sanja Bagaric-Arnaut, said at the welcoming ceremony that it is a great honour for this company that one of the best (based on passengers’ choice) international airlines, starts their flights from the Sarajevo airport.
“We are very pleased that Qatar Airways recognised Sarajevo as a promising tourist and business destination,” she said.
As she said to the Media representatives, this direct flight will ease the travelling of a growing number of BiH citizens who have decided to live and work in Qatar. In addition, the expectation is that the number of tourists interested to visits BiH will be increased.
Travellers from Doha to Sarajevo and back will fly on an Airbus A320 with 12 seats in the business and 132 seats in the economy class. Passengers will have access to the Oryx One entertainment system that offers the latest editions of movies, TV programmes, music, games and more. The cheapest return ticket on the Sarajevo – Doha – Sarajevo route is nearly €650 in the economy class, while the most expensive one in the business class will cost €3,000.
“The introduction of flights to Sarajevo is a significant step forward in increasing our presence in Eastern Europe, and we will provide our passengers with a new and exciting route to an extraordinary city and from it, which is also proof of our commitment to expanding the global network. This flight will enable travelers from BiH to merge with more than 150 destinations around the world through our five-star centre – Hamad International Airport,” said Akbar al Baker earlier.
Qatar Airways is the national air flag-carrier of Qatar and one of the fastest growing airlines in the world. The company has been operating for 20 years, owns the youngest fleet in the world and flies to more than 150 business and tourist destinations in six continents.
Qatar Airways is already the sixth airline company that began operating from the Sarajevo International Airport this year. It means that the largest airport in BiH continues to grow, thus reinforcing the local economic picture and development and while making the most of touristic potentials.
On one hand, as Sarajevo Airport welcomes this service from Doha, Adria Airways, Flydubai and Turkish Airlines announced that they will increase the number of their flights to the Sarajevo. Flydubai will also commence seasonal operations from Sarajevo to Podgorica, Montenegro, in addition to its existing service from Dubai. Atlasglobal, Wizz Air and Wataniya Airways, which launched routes to Sarajevo this summer, will maintain their flights over the winter months.
On the other hand, Austrian Airlines plan to reduce to the Bosnian capital…/IBNA