Greece’s national carrier Aegean Airlines will commence a three weekly service between Skopje and Sarajevo on October 2. The route will be maintained through its regional subsidiary Olympic Air and its ATR72-600 aircraft on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. “We are thrilled to announce and congratulate Aegean on their decision to launch a flight from Skopje to Sarajevo, as of October this year, and to provide excellent regional connectivity, from Athens on the South, through Skopje, to Sarajevo in the North of the Balkans. At the same time, this service marks a significant milestone in our commitment as an airport operator to enhancing air travel options for our valued passengers”, Nejat Kurt, the General Manager of Skopje Airport’s operator TAV Macedonia said.
Commenting on the new service, Aegean Airlines’ Chief Commercial Officer, Roland Jaggi, said, “We are pleased to announce the launch of our new route from Skopje to Sarajevo, commencing in October 2023 and the enhancement of our operations between Athens and Skopje through increased capacity and frequencies, as it reflects our commitment to expand our presence in the Balkan area and strengthen our footprint by providing increased connectivity at Aegean’s high‑quality services. This route marks also our return to Bosnia after the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, and we couldn’t be more excited to reconnect with our valued passengers in this region. As of October, passengers from Skopje will have increased connecting opportunities via Athens hub to the Aegean network with almost a daily flight extending our reach to destinations across Greece, Europe, and the Middle East”.
The new route will mark the first time Skopje and Sarajevo have been linked with a scheduled air service in thirteen years when the now-defunct B&H Airlines maintained flights between the two. Aegean Airlines had applied for the Macedonian government’s subsidy program for the introduction of new routes from Skopje earlier this year but pulled out after the tender was declared void. It did not take part in the subsequent public call organised by the government. The Greek carrier served Sarajevo from Athens until March 2020. Skopje Airport has improved its connectivity to other markets in the former Yugoslavia this year with the recent introduction of seasonal flights from Split by Croatia Airlines and the upcoming launch of Ljubljana by Wizz Air in late September.
Further details for the new Skopje – Sarajevo service can be found here.