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New Route of the Day (3 March 2024): SunExpress between Antalya and Sarajevo

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SunExpress introduced flights between Antalya and Sarajevo on Sunday 3 March, marking the carrier’s entry onto the Bosnia and Herzegovina market. The 1,305-kilometre service will be maintained 2-weekly on Thursdays and Sundays with the 737-800 aircraft. SunExpress currently faces no competition on the route, however, Pegasus Airlines will introduce 2-weekly flights between the two cities from 3 June.

XQ304 departs Antalya at 17:00 local time, arriving in Sarajevo at 17:30 local time. The return service, operating as flight XQ305, takes off from Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital at 18:00 local time, touching back down in Türkiye at 22:50 local time.

What they said

Peter Glade, Commercial Director at SunExpress, said: “With the best airline in Europe, who wouldn’t want to board a flight to Antalya? Our vibrant and diverse hometown of Antalya offers everything that makes for a successful holiday: excellent hospitality, fascinating culture, beautiful beaches, crystal clear seas, as well as excellent cuisine and unbeatable value for money.”

Alan Bajic, CEO at Sarajevo Airport, added: “Thanks to SunExpress, Antalya has become a new destination accessible through nonstop and scheduled flights from Sarajevo, providing our citizens with an additional opportunity to explore the beauty of Türkiye. I am sure that this new route will significantly contribute to the development of tourism between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Türkiye, and I look forward to our future cooperation.”

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Sarajevo Airport with a dozen new routes this summer

SunExpress will further expand its presence in Sarajevo with the introduction of a new 2-weekly service from Izmir starting 21 April. It will be one of twelve new routes to launch to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital during the 2024 summer season.

This summer, Ryanair makes its debut at the airport with six destinations, while Air Arabia and Aegean Airlines will launch flights from Sharjah and Athens, respectively. Pegasus Airlines will complement its existing flights between Istanbul SAW and Sarajevo with new services from Antalya, while flyadeal and SAS will launch seasonal operations from Jeddah and Copenhagen.

The decision by the Tourism Association of the Sarajevo Canton to subsidise the launch of new routes has resulted in the introduction of so many new services to the city this year. In addition, the Bosnia and Herzegovina Directorate for Civil Aviation has suspended a controversial passenger departure tax in an attempt to improve the country’s air connectivity and attract new airlines.

During S24, Sarajevo Airport has a total of 1,636,428 seats on inbound and outbound flights combined. It represents a 30.3% increase on last summer, and a 14.3% improvement on S22, which was its busiest summer to date, when Wizz Air maintained a base at the airport, which was closed later that year.

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