Tuzla International Airport
|Tuzla International Airport|
Međunarodni aerodrom Tuzla
Међународни аеродром Тузла
Međunarodna zračna luka Tuzla
|Owner||Tuzla Canton government|
|Operator||Bosnia and Herzegovina Directorate of Civil Aviation|
|Serves||Tuzla Canton, Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Location||Dubrave Gornje, Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Hub for||Wizz Air|
|Elevation AMSL||765 ft / 233 m|
Source: Tuzla International Airport 
Tuzla International Airport (Bosnian: Međunarodni aerodrom Tuzla/Међународни аеродром Тузла); (IATA: TZL, ICAO: LQTZ) is an airport near Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Tuzla International Airport is second largest airport in Bosnia and Herzegovina, after Sarajevo International Airport. The airport is known as a low-cost airline hub of Bosnia and Herzegovina, since it is used by people from Bosnia, the diaspora and travelers from neighboring countries Croatia and Serbia. The airport is a civilian airport and a military airbase.
It was placed under the control of the United Nations Protection Force in 1992, and from 1996 onwards it became the main hub for the Implementation Force (IFOR), which was charged with supervising the implementation of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 1998, the canton of Tuzla turned Tuzla International to a civil airport. Tuzla International opened on 10 October 1998 as a civilian airport and military airfield. After the complete international military withdrawal, Tuzla International Airport began implementation of all technical requirements and standards imposed by the International Civil Aviation Organization.
Development since the 2000s
Finally, on 5 June 2008. Tuzla International Airport obtained Provisional Certificate for Public Use Airport in international air transportation valid for one year. After general audit implemented by authorized institutions of Civil Aviation in BiH, on 5 Jun 2009. Tuzla International Airport obtained Certificate for Public Use Airport in international air transportation with unlimited period of validity.
- In June 2015, Hungarian low-cost carrier Wizz Air opened an operating base in Tuzla, by basing one Airbus A320 at the airport. After base opening total Wizz Air destinations from Tuzla jumped to 9, including 22 weekly departures in the summer flight schedule.
- June 2.2016, Turkish Airlines Cargo started flights from Tuzla airport to Istanbul Atatürk airport. Republic of Turkey government has allocated a quota of 15,000 tons of fresh meat and meat products to import from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Total of 90 flights with Airbus 330 freighter aircraft are planned for the year 2016. This is the only Wide body aircraft flight currently operating to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- August 31. 2016, Wizz air has announced that it will base a second Airbus A320 aircraft at its Tuzla base as of March 27. 2017. From March 2017 the airline will operate five new services from Tuzla to Cologne, Friedrichshafen and Nuremberg in Germany, Bratislava in Slovakia and Växjö in Sweden. Wizz Air also announced its newest route connecting Tuzla with London Luton in the United Kingdom from 30 October, Billund Airport in Denmark from October 31 and Berlin-Schönefeld from December 17. Total number of weekly flights will jump to 43 round trip flights, serving 16 destinations in 7 countries.
- 2017 was the record year for Tuzla Airport since it opened its doors, passing half a million passengers for the first time ever.
- From June 2018 Wizz Air will connect Tuzla with Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden in Germany.
- November 2, 2016, Tuzla International Airport announced start of terminal expansion and reconstruction. Capacity of the new building is 700.000 passengers per year. The reconstruction is currently underway and is to be finished by May 2018.
The passengers' terminal building opened in 1998, provides a capacity of 350 passengers per peak hour. The terminal is equipped with one gate for arrival and departure, two check-in counters for registration of passengers, services for handicapped passengers, ticketing service as well as further passenger amenities and a border guard (SBS) control (24 hours) equipped with x-ray machines and customs control. Since passenger terminal has reached its capacity in 2015. Government of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina has decided to allocate 2 million BAM (approximate 1 million €) in the year 2016 budget for initial plans and works for a new terminal building, while the Government of Tuzla Canton will secure 500.000 BAM for installation of new and improved approach lighting system (ALS). Many rent a car agencies have offices at the airport and the airport also provides long term parking for road vehicles.
Tuzla Airport has three aprons, currently two in use: passenger aircraft apron with size 116 x 106 meters and cargo apron with approximately same size. Aprons are designed to service all classes of aircraft. Two medium size aircraft Boeing 737 or Airbus 320 family aircraft can be handled at the same time at passengers apron next to the terminal building. On cargo apron two Ilyushin Il-76 or Airbus 330 freighter can be handled at the same time in two parking positions, or an Antonov AN-124 Ruslan or Boeing 747 cargo in one parking position. Scheduled cargo operations to Istanbul will start in first quarter of 2016. with Turkish Airlines Airbus 330F. Tuzla International Airport has signed agreement with Turkish Airlines to service 130 cargo flights in 2016. The airport has mixed civil and military use and the airport is home to 3rd Helicopter Squadron of Bosnia and Herzegovina Air Force. Next to taxiway F, parallel with runway, there are 31 parking positions for helicopters Bell UH-1 or similar size.
Airport operating hours are from 03:30 to 24:00 LT for commercial air carriers and 06:00 to 17:00 LT for general/corporate aviation with a possible extension. Tuzla International Airport is ICAO classified as ILS CAT I.
Airlines and destinations
|Freebird Airlines||Charter Antalya|
|Wizz Air||Basel/Mulhouse, Berlin-Schönefeld, Cologne/Bonn, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Friedrichshafen, Gothenburg, Hahn, Malmö, Memmingen, Vienna|
|Turkish Airlines Cargo||Istanbul-Atatürk|
Passenger route statistics
|Rank||Airport||Passengers handled||% change|
|9||London, United Kingdom||20.708||0,0|
|1||Malmo, Sweden||56.461||81,11%||Wizz Air|
|2||Göteburg, Sweden||50.930||Wizz Air|
|3||Dortmund, Germany||49.781||90%||Wizz Air|
|4||Basel, Switzerland||49.503||88,33%||Wizz Air|
|Year||Loaded (in t)||Unloaded (in t)||Total cargo(in t)|
Wizz Air provides transfer in a mini bus or coach to and from Tuzla Airport and Banja Luka City Centre (Central Bus Station) and Sarajevo City Center (Central Bus Station). This is a shared service. The bus transfer runs according to the flight timetable.
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