Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Farewell Sky Srpska

Game over for Sky Srpska
 

The Banja Luka based Sky Srpska airline, which hasn’t operated a single flight since its creation in 2007, will be shut down next year. The company’s owner, the government of the entity of Republika Srpska, has said it will pull out from financing the carrier which has been unable to lease an aircraft for the past five years and launch operations. The airline, which received some 400.000 euros per year from the entity budget, has never been granted enough funds to lease an aircraft. Sky Srpska's employees are likely to be given jobs at Banja Luka Airport. Over the years the airline signed Memorandums of Understanding with Adria Airways and Jat Airways, while cooperation talks were also held with Montenegro Airlines.

Sky Srpska CEO, Zoran Injac, did not hide his disappointment at the government’s decision to back away from the project. He notes that the government was given plans for the airline to launch operations this year. It outlined an annual investment of up to two million euros and the lease of two seventy seat aircraft. A total of ten weekly flights were planned for the airline and an estimated 30.000 passengers to be carried per year. Initially, Sky Srpska intended to launch flights to Vienna and Belgrade.

The decision to close down the airline comes as the entity government looks to cut costs during turbulent economic times for the region. The government has also decided not to subsidise Jat Airways flights from Belgrade. While the airline has shown no interest to launch the service, the government hoped to entice the Serbian carrier with financial incentives. The CEO of Sky Srpska believes the decision to close down the airline was first made so finances could be directed at subsiding Jat’s service from Belgrade. “Now we are left not only without a national carrier but also without Jat”, Mr. Injac says.

Sky Srpska marks the second attempt at setting up an airline in Republika Srpska. The first, Air Srpska, was launched by JAT Yugoslav Airlines in the summer of 1998 with the Serbian carrier providing aircraft and crew. After United Nations sanctions, imposed upon Yugoslavia, were lifted JAT withdrew its 2 ATRs from the Air Srpska fleet and, as a result, the airline ceased all operations.

44 comments:

  1. What a complete
    waste of money!

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  2. …and then people complain why Ryanair or Wizzair are given money to fly. But all this is just too much even for the Balkan's nonsense and levels of corruption. This is actually very disturbing!!!!!!!!!

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  3. With € 400,000 they could have operated one (not two) 30-seat (not 70-seat) aircraft as a wet lease, and it would have got the airline off the ground (in a manner of speaking). BASE (Budapest Air Service) would have been the right people to approach - who are desperate for work following the demise of MA.

    Similar to what OSI had hoped for, this could have been the right aircraft for a market which is still in its infancy - 10 weekly flights (daily BEG, 3 weekly VIE) would have been a start. There had been numerous rumours that OS were to begin flights to BNX, for some strange reason these have never eventuated! Perhaps no business case??

    And of course, flightless BNX will continue to boost ZAGs numbers, which isn't such a bad thing!

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  4. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!

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  5. What took them so long to pull the plug? What were these "employees" doing everyday in a company without any flights?

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    1. I am wondering the same. The same "employees" will be now transferred to work for BNX Airport...again, doing what? The airport has only 2 or 3 weekly flights to ZRH and already has well over 60 employees or something like that. This is not even funny any more. The more I read news like this, the more I get disgusted how taxpayers' money is wasted by those corrupt governments.

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  6. “Now we are left not only without a national carrier but also without Jat”, Mr. Injac says.

    A national carrier without a single plane or flight operated??? They spent almost 2.5 mil in those 6 years of existence on what???? With this money they could could have built a hospital, school or pave roads that people need much more than some phantom airline. No accountability, no transparency and yet, people vote the same shit year after year. Only in Bosnia.

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    1. Did I miss something here? I slept last few years? We have another country in Europe? I thought national carrier of Bosnia-Herzegovina were BH Airlines (former Air Bosna). Since when is so-called "Republika Srpska" state or nation, to have even "national carrier"? I agree BH Airlines is small, unerdeveloped, unorganized, and lot of other bad stuff, but it's still flag carrier of Bosnia-Herzegovina. It would be the same story if recently gone "Dubrovnik Airline" called themselves "national airline of Dubrovacko-Neretvanska County"

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    2. We have another country in Europe?
      So what will you call Croatia...
      This is also another state separated from one other.
      Why not stopping being so hypocrite?
      Are yo actually the real Pozdrav iz Rijeke?
      The older one never wrote shit like you do in last time.

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    3. Actually B&H is not the flag carrier of the whole Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is Federation run and owned only.

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    4. .... to the "expert" from Rijeka:-

      It's not "so called" R. Srpska, it is R. Srpska, an internationally recognised entity of B&H. Your knowledge of this is questionable at best. BH airlines is owned by federation of B&H (the other entity within B&H). Please anyone correct me if i'm wrong, FB&H owes 100% now tk pulled out?!

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    5. You are 100% correct

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    6. LOL international recognized entity! New York State is a internationally recogized state of the USA, so what? still not a country

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  7. Company's in africa start with nothing and make things from wood and fly around these days, and now look at us, even with 400k we screw it all up lol.

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    1. Please dont compare Africa with
      such a primitive and undeveloped part of the world as the Balkans!

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  8. Injac did have a rather cool business card though (in the shape of a boarding pass!) - Hahaha - what a f**king joke.

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  9. Sorry for OT, but does anybody know something about Air Nostrum flight from Barcelona and Jet2.Com flight from/to Dusseldorf at Belgrade?

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    1. btw-what about C3A gate at beg.aero on arrivals page today? I've never heard of that gate before.

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    2. Fake asylum seekers from Germany got sent back and are isolated from rest of airport.

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    3. C3A is a park position, parking line is between lines for C3 and C4, that position, along with C1A and C5A, is for wide-bodies.

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  10. A national carrier without a single plane or flight operating ?

    My first thought was about JAT in two years !

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  11. Pegasus started selling tickets from Belgrade to different destination on Middle East. Almost all of them are around 200 EUR for round trip. That is quite OK I would say..

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  12. This airline will be my favourite one in future!

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  13. Interesting fact which is related to the aviation industry.

    Corruption ranking for 2012:

    37. Slovenia
    62. Croatia
    69. FYROM
    72. Bosnia & Herzegovina
    80. Serbia
    105. UNMIK Kosovo

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    1. The report standings are actually better than the real situation :)

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    2. MACEDONIA* fag

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    3. So are you saying the most currupt country out of Ex-Yu is Slovenia followed by Croatia or Kosovo followed by Serbia?

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    9. UNMIK Kosovo? Are you retarded? TI report clearly mentions Kosovo as Kosovo. UNMIK is long gone my friend, learn to deal with it.
      http://cpi.transparency.org/cpi2012/results/

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    10. How is kosovo seperate to serbia?

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    11. Simple. Because it is.

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    12. For some time

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  15. hahaha I bet Dodik is flopping his hand in the air like on Sky Srpska website

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