Sarajevo International Airport
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|Sarajevo International Airport
Međunarodni aerodrom Sarajevo
Međunarodna zračna luka Sarajevo
Међународни аеродром Сарајево
|IATA: SJJ – ICAO: LQSA|
|Operator||Bosnia and Herzegovina Directorate of Civil Aviation (BHDCA)|
|Serves||Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Hub for||B&H Airlines|
|Elevation AMSL||1,708 ft / 521 m|
|Source (excluding statistics): Bosnian and Herzegovinian AIP at EUROCONTROL|
Sarajevo International Airport (IATA: SJJ, ICAO: LQSA), also known as Butmir Airport, is the main international airport in Bosnia and Herzegovina, located 3.3 NM (6.1 km; 3.8 mi) southwest of the railway station in the capital city of Sarajevo in the suburb of Butmir.
Since the Dayton Accord in 1996, the airport has welcomed a thriving commercial flight business which includes B&H Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa, Jat Airways, Croatia Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Germanwings and others. In 2006, 466,186 passengers traveled through Sarajevo airport, compared to only 25,000 in 1996.
In 2011 Sarajevo International Airport had 599,996 passengers which is more than all of the airports in Bosnia-Herzegovina had together and 6,5% more than in 2010. In 2012 the company has a slight decline in traffic. In 2013 Sarajevo International Airport expects the most frequent year since the opening of the airport.
First regular flights to Sarajevo using an airfield in the suburb of Butmir begin in 1930 when the domestic airliner Aeroput opened a regular route linking Belgrade to Podgorica trough Sarajevo. A year later Aeroput opened a new route which linked Belgrade and Zagreb going trough Sarajevo, Split and Rijeka. In 1935 Aeroput operated a three times weekly the non-stop air route Belgrade – Sarajevo, which was extended to Dubrovnik a year later. In 1937 Aeroput included regular flghts linking Sarajevo to Zagreb, and in 1938 the route Dubrovnik – Sarajevo – Zagreb was extended to Vienna, Brno and Prague. The airfield in Butmir remained in use all the way until 1969. The need for a new airport in Sarajevo, with an asphalt-concrete runway, was acknowledged in the mid-1960s when JAT, Yugoslav national carrier at that time, began acquiring jet planes. The construction of the airport began in 1966 at its present location, not far from the old one.
The Sarajevo Airport opened on June 2, 1969 for domestic traffic. In 1970 Frankfurt became the first international destination served. Most of the time the airport was a 'feeder' airport where passengers embarked for flights to Zagreb and Belgrade on their way to international destinations. Over time the traffic volume steadily grew from 70,000 to 600,000 passengers a year. The first renovation came for the 1984 Winter Olympic Games, when the runway was extended by 200 meters, the navigation system was improved, and a new terminal building was built, designed for 1 million passengers a year.
At the beginning of the Bosnian war the airport was put under control of Yugoslav federal army (JNA). When the regular flights were stopped the JNA evacuated some 30,000 people, mostly women and children, who were fleeing clashes in Sarajevo; the first humanitarian aid from the US and France arrived in this period too. After JNA left, the airport was for a while under control of Bosnian Serb forces and in June 1992 they handed over the airport to the UN to use it for humanitarian purposes (UN Security Council Resolution 757). In the biggest humanitarian operation in history of the UN that followed, during the Bosnian war, some 13,000 flights were carried out and over 160,000 tons of international humanitarian aid was delivered to the besieged city of Sarajevo.
The airport re-opened to civilian air traffic on August 16, 1996 and has since been renovated and slowly returned to its former glory. On 18 October 2005, Paddy Ashdown, the High Representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina suspended a decision by Bosnian authorities to name the airport after Alija Izetbegović, the first President of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Citing his reasons, the High Representative stated that such a renaming might undermine the reconciliation process by alienating non-Bosniak citizens.
Extension of the passenger terminal, together with upgrading and expanding the taxiway and apron is planned to start in Fall 2012. The existing terminal will be expanded with 7,000 square metres (75,000 sq ft). The upgraded airport will also be directly connected to the commercial retail center Sarajevo Airport Center making it easy for tourist and travellers to use the time before the flight for some last minute shopping.
Airlines and destinations
operated by Tyrolean Airways
|B&H Airlines||Banja Luka, Belgrade (begins 16 December 2013), Copenhagen, Istanbul-Atatürk, Zurich|
|Moskovia Airlines||Moscow-Domodedovo (begins 20 December 2013)|
|Norwegian Air Shuttle||Stockholm-Arlanda
Summer Seasonal: Copenhagen, Oslo-Gardermoen
|Pegasus Airlines||Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen|
|Scandinavian Airlines||Summer Seasonal: Stockholm-Arlanda (begins 21 June 2014) |
|Air Cairo||Seasonal charter: Hurghada|
|Corendon Airlines||Seasonal charter: Antalya|
|Eastern SkyJets||Seasonal charter: Kuwait|
|Gryphon Airlines||Seasonal Kuwait|
|Kuwait Airways||Seasonal: Kuwait|
|Middle East Airlines||Seasonal: Beirut|
|TunisAir Express||Seasonal charter: Tunis|
|Year/Month||January||February||March||April||May||June||July||August||September||October||November||December||Year total||% Change|
|2013||33,437||30,399||44,631||56,918||65,495||72,949||69,699||79,796||66,721||64,387||44,446||-||628,878||+15,44% (Jan - Nov)|
|Istanbul||Atatürk Airport and Sabiha Gökçen Airport||
|Belgrade||Nikola Tesla Airport||
Accidents and incidents
On 18 January 1977, Džemal Bijedić, his wife Razija and six others were killed when their Learjet 25 crashed on the Inač mountain near Kreševo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The plane took off from Batajnica Air Base in Belgrade and was en route to Sarajevo when it crashed, ostensibly due to poor weather conditions. Conspiracy theorists have suggested that the crash was not an accident but rather the result of foul play at the hands of his Serbian rivals.
- Tuzla International Airport
- Mostar International Airport
- Banja Luka International Airport
- B&H Airlines
- List of airports in Bosnia and Herzegovina
- EAD Basic
- Statistic data for Sarajevo Airport
- Excellence in airport operations: 1st ACI Europe Best Airport Awards, 29 June 2005.
- Drustvo za Vazdusni Saobracaj A D – Aeroput (1927-1948) at europeanairlines.n
- High Representative Suspends Decision Renaming Sarajevo International Airport
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