Soon in Skopje?A source at B&H Airlines has confirmed to EX-YU aviation news that the Bosnian carrier is considering resuming flights to the Macedonian capital Skopje. Services to the city would be launched midway through the winter season, close to the New Year holiday period. The arrival of B&H’s second ATR 72 has given the airline more space to manoeuvre and plan for new routes. Ticket sales for the new service would begin well in advance and there will be a focus on marketing in an attempt to familiarise potential passengers with the new route.
Earlier in the year, before Turkish Airlines withdrew from its stake in B&H Airlines, the carrier announced plans to launch flights to Skopje. Five weekly flights were meant to be inaugurated at the start of the 2012 summer season. Plans were made for the service to depart Sarajevo in the evening with the return flight to leave Skopje early next morning, so as to connect onto B&H’s services to Europe. B&H has previously flown to the Macedonian capital via Podgorica. However, the national carrier suspended the flights citing low interest.
While the flights are still not set in stone, B&H’s return will be welcomed news for Skopje Airport which is already anticipating a busy winter season. If B&H resumes services to Skopje, the city will be served by four national carriers of the former Yugoslavia - Adria Airways, B&H Airlines, Croatia Airlines and Jat Airways. All of the EX-YU airlines rely on Macedonian transit passengers to Western Europe, with B&H now ready to enter the game as well.