|The airline’s first 737-400 – “Istanbul” – comes from Turkish Airlines which bought a 49% share of B&H Airlines last year.|
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B&H Airlines, the national airline of Bosnia & Herzegovina, recently took delivery of its first 737-400. Since the end of 2008 Turkish Airlines has owned a 49% share of the airline and the new addition to the B&H Airlines fleet has come from them. The rest of the fleet consists of two ATR 72-200s. With the arrival of the 737 several new “longer-haul” destinations will be launched from Sarajevo in the near future.
|Destination||Start date||Days of operation|
|Copenhagen||11 May 09||Monday, Thursday|
|Gothenburg||13 May 09||Wednesday, Saturday|
|Stockholm Arlanda||16 May 09||Saturday|
|Vienna||18 May 09||Daily (except Saturday, Sunday)|
|Berlin Tegel||19 May 09||Tuesday, Saturday|
|Dűsseldorf||19 May 09||Tuesday, Saturday|
|Prague||25 May 09||Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday|
|Source: Airline website booking tool|
Apart from routes from its base at Sarajevo, B&H Airlines also operates scheduled flights between Banja Luka and Zurich, and Mostar and Istanbul.
Sarajevo now handles over half a million passengers
Last year Sarajevo Airport handled just over half a million passengers a small increase on 2005. B&H Airlines carried around 70,000 passengers and faced competition from a variety of carriers including Adria Airways (double-daily flights to Ljubljana), Austrian (double-daily flights to Vienna), Croatia Airlines (double-daily flights to Zagreb), JAT (daily flights to Belgrade), Lufthansa (double-daily flights to Munich), Malév (daily flights to Budapest) and Turkish Airlines (daily flights to Istanbul).
In addition, two LCCs (Germanwings and Norwegian) offer low-frequency connections to Cologne/Bonn, Oslo Rygge, Stockholm Arlanda and Stuttgart. There are currently no direct scheduled services to anywhere in France, Spain or the United Kingdom.
|Up until now over 80% of Sarajevo’s traffic has been generated by airlines originating from somewhere other than Bosnia & Herzegovina.|