FlyBosnia, a new Bosnian carrier that is backed by the Al Shiddi Group from Saudi Arabia, plans to commence flights on June 10th between Sarajevo, the Bosnian capital, and Riyadh. The route is set to be operated by an Airbus A320 daily until September, where from then on the flight will operate 3x times a week.
As of publication, the carrier does not hold an AOC from the Bosnia Herzegovina Directorate of Civil Aviation, but is expecting to receive it before it commences operations.
The carrier, as of now, has only stated its intention of starting flights to Riyadh, and possibly Jeddah, in the near future, but plans to announce more destinations after it receives its AOC.
The Al Shiddi Group, which is FlyBosnia’s backer, was founded in 1975, and presently holds interests in many companies across the world, including Bosnia. Some other examples in Bosnia are the Hotel Bristol, SCC, and Shad Invest.
Previously, in the summer season of 2017, the Saudi firm partnered with an Egyptian airline which goes by the name of Nesma airlines. The airline operated flights between Sarajevo and Riyadh 5x times a week on an A320. With the Saudi firm having created its own airline, the deal has since been cut with Nesma airlines.
FlyBosnia airline will lease its A320 from a leasing firm, and the flights will be operated by their own staff, the members of which were only recently hired.
With the commencement of flights by FlyBosnia, there will be a reassurement of the Bosnian market, which currently only has one Bosnian airline, Icair, which also presently only has one aircraft and operates one route.
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