FlyBosnia plans to restart operations after nearly a year next summer, this time focusing on European destinations rather than those in the Middle East. According to the “Flying Bosnian” portal, the carrier, which currently has no aircraft in its fleet, will lease an Airbus A320 and offer services from the four airports in Bosnia and Herzegovina – Sarajevo, Tuzla, Banja Luka and Mostar. The airline will serve Zurich from all four cities, as well as Geneva from Sarajevo and Mostar, while it will offer one-way flights from Sarajevo to Belgrade and Zagreb, and one-way service from the Serbian and Croatian capitals to Mostar.
The majority of flights will operate in W formation between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Switzerland. Tickets for these are already on sale through a local Swiss tour operator, while FlyBosnia is expected to start sales of its own next month. Operations are scheduled to begin at the start of the 2022 summer season on March 29. If flights go as planned, FlyBosnia would compete directly with Swiss on its flights between Zurich and Sarajevo, as well as Air Serbia and Croatia Airlines on its only one-way operation from the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina to Belgrade and Zagreb respectively.
FlyBosnia was created 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. The airline first visited Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain, tapping into the huge summer demand between the Gulf and Bosnia. However, he then tried unsuccessfully to serve destinations in Europe as well. Ultimately, the coronavirus pandemic saw her shut down all business operations and the airline has struggled to restore flights since.