Wizz Air Becomes The First Airline To Resume Flights To Bosnia

Bosnia and Herzegovina opened all four of its international airports today, Monday, June 1st, and will see its first scheduled flight tomorrow when a Wizz Air flight will depart Tuzla International Airport for Vienna. Let’s take a look at what other airlines are resuming flights to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s four airports of Sarajevo, Tuzla, Banja Luka, and Mostar.

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Wizz Air will be the first to operate scheduled services in Bosnia and Herzegovina in months. Photo: Getty Images

Wizz Air is the first to arrive in Bosnia

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s four airports have been shut for all commercial traffic since March 30th due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. The only flights operating to the country were FlyBosnia’s cargo services to China.

This came as a blow for the country because its airports were expecting strong traffic growth. Sarajevo International Airport saw record passenger numbers last year, and it was set to break the record again this year.

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Wizz will kick off flying tomorrow. Photo: Getty Images

When Wizz Air resumes flying tomorrow, this will be the first scheduled commercial flight to take off or land in the country in more than two months. In fact, Wizz Air will be operating 12 flights into and out of Bosnia and Herzegovina tomorrow, all from its base in Tuzla International Airport.

Two of Wizz’s Airbus aircraft arrived there yesterday for this purpose. Tuzla Airport is the base for which Wizz Air recently negotiated for subsidies with Bosnia.

The flights

The flights departing from Tuzla in the order of resumption tomorrow, June 2nd, will head to the following destinations:

  • 06:10 Vienna
  • 06:45 Berlin (SXF)
  • 09:30 Memmingen
  • 11:55 Eindhoven
  • 13:45 Karlsruhe / Baden-Baden
  • 17:20 Billund

Judging by ticket prices, some of these flights will see healthy load factors on their way back to Tuzla, in particular, the service from Eindhoven.

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Wizz Air is using its aircraft stationed in Tuzla for six daily rotations to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Photo: Getty Images

Other airlines in Bosnia

Wizz Air will then resume a further six routes out of Tuzla International Airport the following day, June 3rd. These are Malmo, Gothenburg, Dortmund, Cologne, Basel, and Stockholm.

The same day, Wizz Air will also resume flights to Budapest from the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo International Airport. These flights will operate twice weekly, on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Air Serbia will join Wizz Air in flying to Bosnia later this week, when it operates its first flight from Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport to Sarajevo on June 4th. These flights will operate every Thursday and Sunday with Air Serbia’s ATR-72 aircraft.

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Air Serbia is the only airline scheduled to fly to Banja Luka Airport in all of June. Photo: Getty Images

Air Serbia will also be the first airline to resume flying to Banja Luka Airport (BNX), with two weekly services from Belgrade Nikola Tesla, starting from June 5th, and also operating on Sundays. The route to Belgrade is the only route that Banja Luka will have in all of June.

Mostar Airport, the smallest in the country, also has only one route scheduled in all of June, which is a two-weekly Croatia Airlines service to Zagreb starting on June 19th. However, Croatia Airlines has not yet revised its schedule for the second half of June, so this route might not even go ahead.

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