Soon in PescaraB&H Airlines will begin seasonal summer flights from Mostar Airport to Pescara in Italy. The exact date of the service launch will be known soon when the local authorities from Mostar meet with their counterparts in Italy. There they will agree on a date for the first promotional flight between the two cities and the actual date commercial flights should begin. The airline is hoping to attract Christian pilgrims from Italy visiting Medjugorje in Bosnia and Herzegovina. B&H Airlines should make good money from the service as all seats on the aircraft will be pre-booked by a tour operator. Pescara is located on Italy's eastern coast, some 180 kilometres from Rome.
The flights are expected to operate once per week with an ATR72. B&H’s ATR currently flies only to Zurich and fills in on other routes from time to time in case of a technical fault with the Airbus A319. Last year, B&H Airlines operated many charter flights, in particular to Turkey, even having an aircraft entirely dedicated for charter services. However, this year B&H is not operating virtually any charters. All of them have been taken over by the Turkish based Corendon Airlines and Tailwind Airlines operating charters to Antalya.
The new flights will come as good news for Mostar Airport which has seen a bounty of charter flights this summer season. Last month the airport handled 4.029 passengers making it Bosnia and Herzegovina’s second largest airport in terms of passenger numbers after Sarajevo and ahead of Banja Luka and Tuzla.