|B&H Airlines could operate some Air Serbia flights|
B&H Airlines and Air Serbia are taking steps to strengthen their cooperation which could see the Bosnian carrier operate some flights on behalf of its Serbian counterpart. The CEO of B&H Airlines, Amir Jažić, says the carrier could run some services to Montenegro and Macedonia instead of Air Serbia later this summer. B&H Airlines, which currently maintains flights to only four destinations, has two ATRs in its fleet. As a result, one of its aircraft is parked on the tarmac most of the time. On the other hand, the Serbian carrier is facing a shortage of regional aircraft. Air Serbia is also believed to be negotiating with Etihad Regional, which is to launch services to Belgrade next month, to operate some flights on its behalf, including new services to the Albanian capital Tirana.
B&H Airlines began its cooperation with the Serbian carrier late last year when the two signed a codeshare agreement which saw B&H launch four weekly flights to Belgrade, increasing to daily this summer. Mr. Jažić says B&H Airlines has the opportunity to expand onto other markets beyond its borders. “We are a very small market and we have to look for business elsewhere. This will be the case until a large company purchases B&H Airlines, which would be the best development for the company”, the airline’s CEO says.
Due to a surplus of aircraft, from today, B&H Airlines will commence charter operations to several cities in Italy including Pescara, Bari and Foggia. The flights will primarily cater for Christian pilgrims visiting the Medjugorje site near Mostar. In related news, on Wednesday, Air Serbia took delivery of its sixth Airbus A319 and its seventh Airbus jet overall. The aircraft, registered YU-APA, was previously operated by the Albanian airline Belle Air. Air Serbia is expected to take delivery of several other Airbus jets this summer, though their arrival has been somewhat delayed as they were intially expected in Belgrade in late March.