|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.