Sarajevo International Airport Terminal Building Development

The Challenge

The terminal building was constructed in 1984 for the Winter Olympic Games at Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina. During the Balkan War in the early 1990’s, the terminal building was severely damaged and was gutted and rendered inoperable for passenger handling by the end of the war.

The rehabilitation of the terminal building included a re-design of the pre-war layout in order to adjust to the expected post-war traffic pattern. The design for the building interior reconstruction and the installation of new mechanical, electrical and special systems were based upon this new layout.

Our Role

InterVISTAS provided an institutional review of past and present arrangements, a review of Bosnia & Herzegovina’s air navigation services and issues of particular importance to the aviation sector that relate to safety and security and a review of BiH international airports, their characteristics and past volumes of traffic, including emerging trends in Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) in the airport sector.

This led to a priority projects plan with a focus on safety and security for key capital investment projects facilitating speedy development of international and domestic air carrier services and included a costs breakdown. Lastly, the tender documents could be prepared and evaluated.


The EBRD granted a loan based on the work done by InterVISTAS and the construction of the new terminal started in 2012.