FlyBosnia plans to resume regular international flights next month with services from Sarajevo to the Gulf region. The carrier is expected to start operations in Doha in Qatar, followed by Riyadh, Gassim and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, Manama in Bahrain, as well as Kuwait City. The airline had previously served points in Arabia, Bahrain and Kuwait. The carrier will also operate charter flights to Egypt and Turkey over the summer. It last operated scheduled flights in March 2020, before the start of the coronavirus pandemic. FlyBosnia recently took delivery of an all-economy 180-seat Airbus A320 aircraft and plans to further develop its fleet with the same type of aircraft.
The Middle East is one of the busiest markets at Sarajevo Airport. Before the coronavirus pandemic, in 2019, 95,990 passengers flew indirectly between the region and the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina on a single route. According to global data provider OAG, 23,417 travelers flew indirectly between Kuwait and Sarajevo, 7,092 to / from Riyadh, 6,567 to / from Jeddah, 436 to / from Gassim, 2,755 to / from Doha and 6,652 to and from Manama. During this year, in addition to indirect travel, Sarajevo Airport was connected to Kuwait, Riyadh, Jeddah, Gassim and Doha by non-stop flights. This summer, FlyBosnia will not be alone in maintaining operations between the Gulf and Sarajevo. The services will also be managed by Flydubai, Air Arabia and flynas. Qatar Airways, which operated flights to the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina before the pandemic, has suspended operations on the route until further notice.
FlyBosnia considers the Gulf to be its main market. Earlier this month, the company said, FlyBosnia will revolutionize air transport in the Balkans by offering value for money, taking into account the safety, health and satisfaction of our customers. FlyBosnia is known for its affordable prices, motivating staff and professionalism. It is the main bridge between the Balkans and the Middle East ”. The airline was founded by the Saudi Arabian group Al Shiddi, founded in 1975 with interests in various fields including construction, real estate, agriculture and tourism. The Saudi conglomerate has been operating in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2006 and is the country’s largest Arab investor.