Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Dumping Banja Luka

B&H to dump Frankfurt flights but keeps Zurich
B&H Airlines will terminate services from Banja Luka to Frankfurt on March 24, Emir Dervišević, the head of B&H planning, flight scheduling and networking confirmed for EX-YU aviation news. The 2 weekly service, which commenced only a few months ago (on November 1), will cease due to poor loads. However, the airline will keep its three weekly service to Zurich. B&H fought hard to gain rights to commence flights out of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s second largest city. Still, the airline dumped planed flights from Banja Luka to Vienna which were to commence in October 2010.

On the other hand, Adria Airways will keep its subsidised flights from Ljubljana to Banja Luka during the 2011 summer season. There has been no progress with Sky Srpska, an airline meant to be based in the city. Although plans were set for the company to commence flights last year, aircraft are yet to be leased.

Meanwhile, another airport in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mostar, has said that its business is in a “catastrophic” state due to high fuel prices. The Vice President of the Mostar Airport union told the “Dnevni Avaz” newspaper that Split and Dubrovnik were profiting at Mostar’s expense. Mostar sees the occasional charter flight during the summer. Although it did handle 15.000 passengers in 2010, the union vice president said that this was a far cry from the 100.000 passengers the airport handled prior to the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1980s.

25 comments:

  1. How are the loads on the Ljubljana-Banja Luka route doing? Any improvement?
    What about Belgrade?

    cheers

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  2. @Anonymous

    Flights to Belgrade no longer operate. I don't see how B&H would do well out of Republika Srpska, it was a long shot from Sarajevo services let me put it that way! They should look at Tuzla or Mostar instead of Banja Luka.

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  3. Zurich from/to BNX was always quite popular so I am not surprised it is going to be continued. With the current economy and most of people's living standard only option for B&H small airports and the region are LCC. One retutn ticket with B&H airlines to Zurich is almost average salary in BL(B&H) most of the citizens so of course it is not going to work. I am not going even to start about bad marketing etc.

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  4. sky srpska! the next lufthansa!

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  18. I was not talking about Jat but about Adria's loads.
    Jat's loads were horrible on the rout to Banja Luka, if I am not mistaken they were around 25% in average. No shocker there when the average ticket was like 120 euros or more.

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  19. OMG a dozen of deleted posts! What was that? o.O

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  20. Anyone knows the loads on the Ljubljana-Banja Luka route? Just curious.

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  21. Ljubljana-Banja Luka route CLF is around 10% (charter flts. pax not included). Sad but true.

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  22. 10% = 4-5 pax pf.

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  23. 10% and still going???

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  24. Sky Srpska will likely never get on the ground and if it does by some political wrangling it will fail. Face it, Jat, Adria, Croatian, and B&H Airlines are struggling. A new airline established for political reasons is not going to fare any better.

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  25. Im from Banja Luka, and of course there is no load, the prices are too hight. It gets me cheaper to go to Zagreb airport by bus and than board, then going from Banja Luka directly. Lower the prices!!!

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