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Sarajevo Airport prepares to launch nonstop Flights to the United States

Sarajevo Airport has successfully completed the US Transportation Security Administration’s audit, which is a prerequisite for the launch of nonstop flights to the United States and is conducted prior to the introduction of services to the country. Through its foreign airport assessment program, the TSA, a component of the United States Department of Homeland Security, determines whether foreign airports that provide service to the United States are maintaining and carrying out effective security measures.

During its assessment, a team of inspectors used several methods to determine the airport’s level of compliance with ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation) standards, including conducting interviews with airport officials, examining documents pertaining to the airport’s security measures and conducting a physical inspection of the airport. Similarly, the TSA audited Belgrade Airport in late 2015 prior to Air Serbia introducing flights to New York.

Commenting on the development, the airport said, “The goal of the audit was to assess the implementation of civil aviation security standards and the appropriate recommended practices”. US-based carrier Eastern Airlines planned to launch operations between Chicago and Sarajevo this summer but cancelled ticket sales within days. Sarajevo Airport’s General Manager, Alan Bajić, told EX-YU Aviation News last month, “We are currently negotiating with Eastern Airlines, which plans to establish flights between Chicago and Sarajevo”. The carrier intended on operating the route once per week between May 28 and September 3 with its 238-seat Boeing 767-200ER aircraft.

Sarajevo has never had scheduled nonstop flights to the United States. In the pre-pandemic 2019, New York, Chicago and Boston were the top unserved routes between Sarajevo and the United States based on OAG data. There were a total of 7.165 passengers flying between New York’s airports and Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital, 5.995 to and from Chicago and 3.165 passengers to and from Boston. Turkish Airlines, Austrian, Air Serbia and Lufthansa were primarily used by travellers to connect onto flights between the United States and Sarajevo, Ex Yu Aviation news reports.

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