From Banja Luka to CopenhagenB&H Airlines CEO, Altan Buyukyilmaz, recently announced that the Bosnian carrier will launch several new flights over the next few months. The first new service to be introduced is from Banja Luka to Copenhagen, in order to aid the struggling direct service from Sarajevo. Flights from Sarajevo to Copenhagen will no longer operate nonstop, instead, they will make a stop in Banja Luka. B&H Airlines will operate the service twice per week using an ATR72, meaning that passengers will endure a three hour trip to the Danish capital. Flights commence on October 31. This will come as good news for Banja Luka Airport which is experiencing financial problems.
Due to lower passenger numbers one of B&H Airlines’ ATR72s is now serving both the airline’s Amsterdam and Copenhagen flights, resulting in longer flight times. The Airbus A319 is currently being used for the evening Istanbul flights while another ATR72 (registration E7-AAD) has been out of service for weeks.
B&H Airlines has had a difficult year with the carrier suspending several key routes including Frankfurt, Vienna, Stockholm and Gothenburg. However, it has managed to maintain passenger growth throughout 2011. The Bosnian carrier is yet to officially announce its 2011/12 winter season timetable.