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Tuzla International Airport

Tuzla International Airport (Bosnian: Međunarodni aerodrom Tuzla/Међународни аеродром Тузла); (IATA: TZL, ICAO: LQTZ) is an airport near Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Tuzla International Airport is second largest airport in Bosnia and Herzegovina, after Sarajevo International Airport. The airport is known as a low-cost airline hub of Bosnia and Herzegovina, since it is used by people from Bosnia, the diaspora and travelers from neighboring countries Croatia and Serbia. The airport is a civilian airport and also was a military airbase.

Tuzla International Airport
Međunarodni aerodrom Tuzla
Међународни аеродром Тузла
Međunarodna zračna luka Tuzla
Tuzla Airport
  • IATA: TZL
  • ICAO: LQTZ
Summary
Airport type Civil/Military
Owner Tuzla Canton government
Operator Bosnia and Herzegovina Directorate of Civil Aviation
Serves Tuzla Canton, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Location Dubrave Gornje, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Hub for Wizz Air
Elevation AMSL 765 ft / 233 m
Coordinates 44°27′31″N
18°43′29″E
Website tuzla-airport.ba
Map
TZL is located in Bosnia and Herzegovina

TZL
Location of the airport in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
09/27 8,152 2,500 Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Passengers 593.083 (+1,4%)
Aircraft Movements 3.911 (-2,3%)
Freight (in tons) 109 (-52,3%)

History

Early years

Tuzla International was once the largest military airport in the former Yugoslavia. The 350th Reconnaissance Aviation Squadron was active there for a time.

In the early 1990s, still within Yugoslavia and prior start of the Bosnian War, Yugoslav airliner Air Commerce performed commercial flights from Sarajevo and Tuzla to Austria and Switzerland.

It was placed under the control of the United Nations Protection Force in 1992, and from 1996 onwards, it became the main hub for the Implementation Force (IFOR), which was charged with supervising the implementation of the Dayton Agreement. In 1998, the canton of Tuzla turned Tuzla International to a civil airport. Tuzla International opened on 10 October 1998 as a civilian airport and military airfield. After the complete international military withdrawal, Tuzla International Airport began implementation of all technical requirements and standards imposed by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

Development since the 2000s

Finally, on 5 June 2008, Tuzla International Airport obtained Provisional Certificate for Public Use Airport in international air transportation valid for one year. After general audit implemented by authorized institutions of Civil Aviation in BiH, on 5 June 2009, Tuzla International Airport obtained Certificate for Public Use Airport in international air transportation with unlimited period of validity.

In June 2015, Hungarian low-cost carrier Wizz Air opened an operating base in Tuzla, by basing one Airbus A320 at the airport. After base opening, total Wizz Air destinations from Tuzla jumped to 9, including 22 weekly departures in the summer flight schedule. 2 June 2016, Turkish Airlines Cargo began operating flights from Tuzla to Istanbul–Atatürk. The Turkish government allocated a quota of 15,000 tons of fresh meat and meat products to import from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Total of 90 flights with Airbus A330 freighter aircraft were planned for 2016. This was the only wide-body aircraft flight operating to and from Bosnia and Herzegovina at the time. On 31 August 2016, Wizz Air announced that it would base its second aircraft at Tuzla Airport as of 27 March 2017. From March 2017, the airline started operating five new services from Tuzla to Cologne/Bonn, Friedrichshafen, and Nuremberg in Germany, Bratislava in Slovakia and Växjö in Sweden. Wizz Air also announced its newest route connecting Tuzla with London–Luton in the United Kingdom beginning 30 October, Billund in Denmark beginning 31 October, and Berlin–Schönefeld beginning 17 December. Total number of weekly flights increased to 43 round trip flights, serving 16 destinations in 7 countries. On 2 November 2016, Tuzla International Airport announced start of terminal expansion and reconstruction. Capacity of the new building is going to be 700.000 passengers per year. The reconstruction was finished in May 2019. 2017 was the record year for Tuzla Airport since it opened its doors, passing half a million passengers for the first time ever. In June 2018, Wizz Air started operating flights from Tuzla to Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden in Germany.

Tuzla International Airport

Tuzla International Airport

Facilities

Terminal

The passengers’ terminal building opened in 1998, provides a capacity of 350 passengers per peak hour. The terminal is equipped with one gate for arrival and departure, two check-in counters for registration of passengers, services for handicapped passengers, ticketing service as well as further passenger amenities and a border guard (SBS) control (24 hours) equipped with x-ray machines and customs control. Since passenger terminal has reached its capacity in 2015. Government of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina has decided to allocate 2 million KM (approximate 1 million €) in the year 2016 budget for initial plans and works for a new terminal building, while the Government of Tuzla Canton secured 500.000 KM for installation of new and improved approach lighting system. Many rent a car agencies have offices at the airport and the airport also provides long term parking for road vehicles.

Aprons

Tuzla Airport has three aprons, currently two in use: passenger aircraft apron with size 116 x 106 meters and cargo apron with approximately same size. Aprons are designed to service all classes of aircraft. Two medium size aircraft Boeing 737 or Airbus 320 family aircraft can be handled at the same time at passengers apron next to the terminal building. On cargo apron two Ilyushin Il-76 or Airbus 330 freighter can be handled at the same time in two parking positions, or an Antonov An-124 or Boeing 747 cargo in one parking position. Tuzla International Airport had a signed agreement with Turkish Airlines to service 130 cargo flights in 2016 from Istanbul with the Airbus A330F. The airport has mixed civil and military use and the airport is home to 3rd Helicopter Squadron of the Air Force of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Next to taxiway F, parallel with runway, there are 31 parking positions for helicopters Bell UH-1 or similar size.

Airport operating hours are from 03:30 to 24:00 LT for commercial air carriers and 06:00 to 17:00 LT for general/corporate aviation with a possible extension. Tuzla International Airport is ICAO-classified as ILS CAT I.

Airlines and destinations

WizzAir airplane taxiing in Tuzla International Airport

Wizz Air airplane taxiing after landing in Tuzla International Airport

Passenger

Airlines Destinations
Freebird Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya
Wizz Air Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg, Berlin–Schönefeld, Billund, Cologne/Bonn, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Friedrichshafen, Gothenburg, Hahn, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Malmö, Memmingen
Seasonal: Stockholm–Skavsta, Växjö, Vienna

Cargo

Airlines Destinations
Turkish Cargo Istanbul–Atatürk

Statistics

Passenger development

Year/ Month January February March April May June Total Change
2020
35.188
36.588
17.665
89.441
-12,9%
2019
36.341
30.658
35.679
56.276
52.425
59.581
593.083
+1,45%
2018
40.563
35.976
43.112
52.638
49.371
53.709
584.589
+9,0%
2017
26.554
23.105
29.116
50.763
47.701
49.662
535.834
+72,1%
2016
19.234
19.939
23.598
25.261
27.324
26.673
311.398
+20,2%
2015
12.960
12.005
14.474
17.311
18.082
21.563
259.074
+71,2%
2014
8.276
6.455
7.289
9.495
9.343
12.195
151.353
+146,0%
2013
1
0
0
0
455
6.251
61.513
+1.367,7%
2012
8
0
51
13
2
854
4.191
-7,4%
2011
0
0
12
54
8
1.143
4.527
N/A

 

Year/ Month July August Septe-mber Octo-ber Nove-mber Dece-mber Total Change
2020
89.441
-12,9%
2019
67.794
66.732
56.412
54.018
35.484
41.617
593.083
+1,45%
2018
67.438
65.364
56.062
50.122
30.763
39.471
584.589
+9,0%
2017
63.173
63.788
52.816
51.556
37.432
40.178
535.834
+72,1%
2016
32.229
31.046
27.793
27.621
23.619
27.061
311.398
+20,2%
2015
33.666
33.007
28.900
27.167
22.462
17.427
259.074
+71,2%
2014
19.887
19.253
16.967
16.299
12.363
13.531
151.353
+146,0%
2013
11.868
11.000
9.071
8.673
7.359
6.835
61.513
+1.367,7%
2012
1.762
1.243
195
59
4
0
4.191
-7,4%
2011
1.506
965
10
426
403
0
4.527
N/A

 

Passenger route statistics

Tuzla Airport passenger numbers by destination (2018)
Rank Airport Passengers handled % change
2017/2018
1 Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg 63.615 + 28,50
2 Dortmund 60.621 + 21,77
3 Malmö 58.570 + 3,73
4 Gothenburg 50.751 - 0,35
5 Berlin–Schönefeld 41.184 + 30,16
6 Hahn 39.812 + 4,60
7 Memmingen 38.830 + 17,60
8 Cologne/Bonn 36.930 + 20,69
9 Friedrichshafen 33.168 + 25,13
10 Stockholm–Skavsta 25.322 - 0,73
Tuzla Airport passenger numbers by destination (2017)
Rank Airport Passengers handled % change
2016/2017
1 Malmö 56.461 + 26,72
2 Gothenburg 50.930 + 18,46
3 Dortmund 49.781 + 0,93
4 Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg 49.503 + 28,95
5 Hahn 38.058 + 22,76
6 Memmingen 33.016 + 4,30
7 Friedrichshafen 26.506 + 0.0
8 Stockholm–Skavsta 25.510 + 13,16
9 London–Luton 20.708 + 0,0
10 Växjö 20.269 + 0,0

Freight statistics

Year Loaded (in t) Unloaded (in t) Total cargo(in t)
2017 249.6 +249.6
2016 6.065,92 3.83 +6.062,09
2015 219.557 16.689 +236.246
2014 55.559 53.793 109.392

Ground transport

Tuzla Airport is situated at a secondary road that leads to Kalesija to the east and to Živinice to the west. The main road to Sarajevo, Tuzla, and other cities across the country connects from there.

Bus services exist to Banja Luka, Sarajevo and Tuzla to/from the airport.



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General Info
Country Bosnia & Herzegovia
ICAO ID LQTZ
Time UTC+1(+2DT)
Latitude 44.458656
44° 27' 31.16" N
Longitude 18.724783
018° 43' 29.22" E
Elevation 784 feet
239 meters
Type Joint (Civil and Military)
Magnetic Variation 003° E (05/06)
Beacon Yes
Operating Agency MILITARY - CIVIL JOINT USE AIRPORT


Communications
TWR 130.85
379.5
(130.85 is prim for copter ops)
PMSV METRO 258.925
AFLD OPS
(Kingfish Tango)
142.525
234.1
GND/CLNC DEL 143.425
234.65
ATIS 140.325
375.525
APP/DEP
Opr 0600-2100Z++.
125.8
277.9


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
09/27 8152 x 148 feet
2485 x 45 meters
ASPHALT 056RCWT YES


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
TACAN TUZ TUZLA 034X - At Field -
NDB TU TUZLA - 445 9.9 NM 093.4


Supplies/Equipment
Fuel Unknown fuel type or whether there is any fuel.
Other Fluids DE-ICE, Anti-icing/De-icing/Defrosting Fluid (MIL A 8243)
JASU A/M32A-86
AC:115/200v, 3 phase, 90 kva, 0.8pf, 4 wire, DC: 28v,1500 amp, 72kw

MC-1A
AC:115/208v,400 cycle, 3 phase, 37.5kva,0.8pf, 108 amp, 4 wire, DC: 28v, 500 amp, 14kw

MC-2A
15 cfm, 200 psia


Remarks
CAUTION Simple ALS is non-standard, system is only 953ft long. Dist remaining mrk are unlit. No obst lgts on numersous undetermined obstacles, 2NM SW of arpt. Twy F btn Twy A and R/W parking pad 31 is designated as Towway F and is limited to R/Wacft towing OPS. Twy B limited to R/W acft. All acft with EXPL cargo must coord with ATOC (DSN: 762-8047) min 48 hrs prior to arrival. Helo pads 1-3, 32-34 clsd. Helo pad 19 for VIP R/W acft only.
FLUID De-icing avbl.
FUEL Ltd quantities avbl J8. (For R/W acft PPR, 24 hr PN rqr. Ctc A2C2 DSN 762-2050,IPN 146-7064. VSAT 7037 or MSE 553-2050). No acft refueling avbl as of 1 Oct 2006.
JASU 1(AM32A-60) 2(AM32A-86) 1(MC-1A) 3(MC-2A)
MISC All F/W acft must ctc Kingfish Tango (142.525 or 234.100) 30 min prior to ldg. Acft are slotted in 30 min intervals due to ltd prk and procedural (non-radar) ATC svc. Aircrews must coord with AMOPS if arrival tme differs from slot time by30 min. ATC Opr H24 for R/W acft. AMOPS/Trans Alert Opr 0600-1800Z++. No classified storage avbl.
OPR HOURS Tuzla AB Opr 0600-1800Z++.
RSTD OFFL BUS ONLY. PPR req for all civ and mil acft, ctc AMOPS C+00-387-33-494-800 ext (DSN 760-1093/1091), fax 1094 at least 72 hr prior to sked PPR/Slot time. E-mail Annex E to 401bops@email-tc3.5sigcmd.army.mil. Civ acft must also ctc TUZLA INTL - C+387-35-814-605, fax C+387-35-745-750, cell fone: C+387-61-858-914. E-mail opcentar@bih.net.ba. Aircrews must be certified on latest versions of SPINS www.cao5.nato.int before arr in Balkans.
TFC PAT Conduct VFR ops S or rwy. Copter 1300 MSL, rectangular 1800 MSL, overhead 2300 MSL. VFR apch to Rwy 27/dep Rwy 09 auth at ATC discretion.



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