Review by Christos T. Panagopoulos –
Bosnia Herzegovina’s Sarajevo Airport has seen its passenger numbers skyrocket this October, with growth reaching 23.6%. Bosnia and Herzegovina’s busiest airport handled 64.387 passengers during the month.
So far this year Sarajevo Airport has welcomed 584,432 travelers, an improvement of 15.5% on the same period last year, and has surpassed 2012’s annual result which stood at 580,058 passengers.
In a statement the airport said, “Passenger numbers should soon surpass 600,000 which will mark an all-time record since Sarajevo Airport opened its doors”. During October the airport also saw an increase in the number of flight operations, with a total of 518 operated flights, marking an increase of 12% compared to October 2012.
Sarajevo Airport is anticipating a busy winter ahead with B&H Airlines planning to launch flights to Belgrade from December 2.
Furthermore, Moskovia Airlines, which initially planned to launch flights from Moscow to Sarajevo this week, has pushed back its inaugural service to December 20. The scheduled one weekly flight will connect the two capitals for the first time. Further details can be found here. In addition, Norwegian Air Shuttle has converted its seasonal summer service from Stockholm to Sarajevo to year long flights.
Meanwhile, it was a quieter affair at Banja Luka Airport which handled 650 passengers last month, seven passengers more than in October 2012. The airport is hoping for a late turnaround with B&H Airlines maintaining its flights to Zurich this winter and Air Serbia launching daily services to Belgrade.
Banja Luka Airport says it is still in talks with Wizz Air over potential flights from the city and adds it is determined to resolve fuel pricing issues which have kept the no frills airline away. Yesterday, Miroslav Janjić was named as the airport’s new CEO, replacing Davorin Mihić. Mr. Janjić will hold a press conference at Banja Luka Airport on Thursday when he is expected to unveil his future plans for the airport.
Source: EXYU Aviation News