Saturday, May 17, 2014

B&H to launch Banja Luka - Tivat service

B&H Airlines soon in Tivat

B&H Airlines will inaugurate a one weekly seasonal summer service between Banja Luka and Tivat, connecting the two cities for the first time in over a decade. Flights will be launched on June 29 and will run each Sunday until August 31 with the carrier’s ATR72 aircraft. Return tickets can be purchased exclusively through the “ARS Tours” travel agent at a fixed price of 134 euros. Tickets are available both as part of tour packages and for individual travel as well. The new Tivat service will complement B&H’s existing flights from Banja Luka to Zurich with further details available here.

Banja Luka Airport has been attempting to secure a direct service to the Montenegrin coast for two years now. In 2012, the airport proposed for the route to be launched by the small Montenegrin charter and taxi airline Di Air. However, the carrier rejected the offer. Lately, Banja Luka Airport has been attempting to attract as many new airlines as possible. In December last year, Air Serbia launched daily flights from Belgrade to the city. Despite its efforts to launch flights from Banja Luka, the low cost airline Wizz Air has given up on its quest after it failed to reach an agreement with the airport. Wizz Air requested subsidies for handling as well as for possible losses the low cost airline could incur on its services from Bosnia and Herzegovina’s second largest city. The local government found the terms unacceptable.

In the first quarter of 2014, Banja Luka Airport handled 4.440 passengers, a notable increase of 232.3% on last year. It has already welcomed more than half of all passengers handled for the whole of last year. While the situation has improved significantly, the airport is still far from its glory days of the late 1990s when it offered scheduled services not only to Belgrade but also to Vienna, Athens, Tivat and Salzburg. It was once served by the likes of Austrian Airlines, Montenegro Airlines and Air Srpska.

29 comments:

  1. Nice :) glad the region is getting connected again. And if these floods show anything it's that we all still care for each other, no matter where the boarders are.

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  2. A bit off-topic: Etihad Regional is outsourcing its contact center to Air Serbia in Belgrade:
    http://www.novosti.rs/vesti/naslovna/ekonomija/aktuelno.239.html:491812-Svajcarci-na-obuci-u-Er-Srbiji

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  3. OT:

    http://www.seebiz.eu/cseba-osniva-av...niju/ar-87576/

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    1. ERROR No. 404

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    2. sorry

      http://www.index.hr/vijesti/clanak/povezivanje-kine-i-hrvatske-cseba-osniva-privatnu-aviokompaniju/747884.aspx

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  4. Great news! I am glad to se Banja Luka and Tivat connected again. What carrier connected BNX and TIV in the past Austrojet or Montenegro Airlines? Does anybody know anything about Di Air? This is the first time i ever heard of it.

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    1. diair.net its an air taxi/air ambulance company with 2 Cessna jets and a single Piper Cheyenne.

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  5. Good to hear B&H expanding their European network at last!

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    1. Cause they have any other?

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  6. Dali je moguce i isplativo u narednim godinama, zakupiti
    male turb-prope izmedju 15 i 30 sedista. Dali bi bilo privatni ili "cerka" kompanija, commuter airlines, naravno
    nebih presudno bilo. U takvim okolnostima moglo bi se odrzavati redovan saobracaj u regionalnim centrima. Izmedju aerodroma Kraljevo, Banja Luke,Nisa,Mostara, Vrsca,Braca,Uzica, Tivta, Tuzle, Ohrida, Jagodine, Tirane, Osjeka, buduceg Trebinja, Berana... Drzava nije sposobna da void profitabilno ovakav biznis. Privatna inijacijativa moze i sposobna je.Dali ce to dozvoliti birokratija ovih drzava u kojima bih commuter saobracaj normalno saobracao kada bi ljudi imali dobre volje. Dodao bih i kada bi Gospod podario pozitivne misli. Postoje ljudi koji su sposobni... Tako reci gotovo svi ce mi se smejati da sanjarim, jer to je nemoguce u jugo istocnoj Evropi. Naravno da takva razmisljanja, a daleko od prakse nije bar javno postojao. U ovakom obliku nikada. Odmah bi se reklo, siromastvo stanovnistva, dezintegracija medju ljudima i jos 101 razlog...Postoji samo jedan ralog koji bi nafvladao onih 101 razlog. A to je omogucavanje u ovom slucaju vise drzava sa davanjem odresenih ruku poslovnim ljudima.Ne ne citam ovo na Netu, Goole... Ovakav saobracaj gledam dugo po svetu. Mnogo ovoga ce se ostvariti. Time will tell.
    Vas Rodney Marinkovic, AME. Sydney-Griffith / Kraljevo

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    1. Trebinje International Airport? Haha, you are a funny guy. Just to put Tirana and Trebinje together in one sentence, Is not fair to Tirana.

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    2. Trebinje airport does not exist. If I remember correctly, ideas were floated some time ago to create large, 2 runway airport in the flat areas around Trebinje to serve as a main airport for south Adriatic, effectively replacing Dubrovnik and Tivat as they are both growth constrained and cannot add second runway. I don't know what happened with that idea but it seems unlikely unless there is a major political and financial backing.

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    3. Trebinje Airport issue flares up every other year, as elections are due.....

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  7. Talking of new routes, both Split and Dubrovnik had over 40 passengers on Air Serbia's inaugural flights. Yesterday's flight to Split had 44 out of which 10 connected to northern Europe and Germany.

    As for Banja Luka, the past two days, both flights departed with 40+ passengers and returned with around 35 (don't remember the exact numbers). It's really nice to see JU making BNX work. Since we are talking of Bosnia here, the Sarajevo flight had 104 passengers yesterday!

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    1. Those facts are just showing one thing, Croatia is golden destination for all airlines. Why loosing airplanes on lines like Varna, Sofia and Banja Luka when they can fly 90-100% full to Pula, Rijeka, Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik and even 1 weekly to Brač. Also prices to Dubrovnik are much higher than to BNX.

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    2. Loads to Sofia are really good so they are not really wasting any aircraft there.

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    3. How are other routes doing this week? You said loads to thessaloniki are down a two days ago

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    4. Thessaloniki is under-performing these days which is a shame but I am sure that loads will go back to what they were. They are around 55% which is not catastrophic but not great either.
      At this point the only destination that could handle anything larger than A320 is Paris. It is chronically full and I hope more frequencies are added soon. What's really interesting is that Wizz Air will be reducing its flights to Beauvais while Air Serbia keeps on recording strong local demand (non O&D traffic). I am positively surprised at how many transfer passengers Athens is seeing, I guess Air Serbia has managed to secure an important market there.

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    5. 'ir Serbia keeps on recording strong local demand (non O&D traffic).'

      I meant non-transfer passengers.

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    6. How are Tel Aviv, Istanbul, Larnaca doing? How are Beirut sales going?
      Thanks for all the info

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    7. Larnaca is a bit like Thessaloniki these days. Istanbul is solid and Tel Aviv is, I can say, fantastic. Most flights depart with at least 100 passengers. A lot of connecting passengers heading to Moscow, ex-YU and Scandinavia, primarily Copenhagen.
      :)

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  8. OT: First congrats to Bh Airlines, secondly , ADRIA started its service from Ljubljana to LONDON Gatwick today with their CRJ900. So I believe there were three carriers connecting Ljubljana with London today.

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  9. For all those who suffer from floods in Serbia and Bosnia, we people from Croatia pray for them and stand available for any help. God be with you!

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    1. Thanks for the sentiment. And I've already read reports of help comming from Croatia. But I really hope god isn't with us this time. If he was, he wouln't have sent these 'biblical' floods. I hope you get my drift ...

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    2. Hi, also from Croatia, wish for these terrible floods to pass Serbia and BiH, hope all the people will be safe! Keep my fingers crossed!

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    3. Thank you people, God bless you!

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  10. i am so greatful and happy seeing croatia is helping us!!! thanx from belgrade and cant wait to fly to pula this july!!!

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    1. You are welcome. Yesterday we sent divers from Croatia to help you as much as possible. Today we raise funds for your homeless and hungry people from Obrenovac and Sabac. God be with you!

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  11. Big thank you to all those our western neighbours expressing support and kind words in these tough moments for Serbia and Bosnia. Appreciated.

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