Director of Tuzla International Airport, Rifet Karasalihovic, told at a press conference after the government session of the Tuzla Canton (TC), that in comparison to 2017, an increase in the number of passengers is planned by 12 percent.
He states that 535.000 passengers were transported from Tuzla Airport last year, and in 2018, about 600.000 passengers are planned.
The completion of the project for the construction of access lights is also planned, which would enable easy take off and landing of aircraft during reduced visibility, which is stalled due to unresolved property-legal relations.
“In cooperation with the Government of the TC and the Government of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), we would like to finish the negotiations with the BiH Ministry of Defense about land acquisition, so that the Tuzla International Airport could develop freely in the area of the former Dubrave military base,” Karasalihovic emphasized.
It is also planned to increase the total income by 12 percent, or more precisely, incomes of about 11 million BAM are planned.
At the moment, 170 workers are employed at the Tuzla airport, and in this year, hiring another 20 workers is planned. Also, the new air routes will be introduced.
Minister of Trade, Tourism and Traffic of TC, Mirsad Gluhic, announced that from March this year, the air route Tuzla-Vienna will be introduced, three times a week.
He esteemed that the Tuzla airport was one of the initiators of the development of TC.
Director Karasalihovic presented the dynamics of works on the reconstruction of the passenger terminal to ministers of the Government of Tuzla Canton, as well as the project of the construction of atrium and the space where travel agencies, rent-a-car houses and souvenir shops will be located at the International Airport of Tuzla. Karasalihovic noted that some of the works were delayed due to weather conditions and low temperatures, and added that all works should be completed by the end of the year.
Minister Gluhic also noted a record 50 % increase in the number of passengers in the first three months of this year. By keeping the same number of passengers in the remaining nine months, the International Airport of Tuzla could have more than half a million passengers on an annual basis. The International Airport of Tuzla had a total of 40,563 passengers in January, which is by 52.81 % more than in the same period last year, while it recorded a total of 35,976 passengers in February, which is by 55.70 % more than in the same month of the year of 2017.