|B&H Airlines eyeing return to Montenegro and Macedonia|
B&H Airlines is considering resuming flights to both Podgorica and Skopje after a five year absence. B&H’s return to Montenegro and Macedonia is being initiated by General Sales Agent Oki Air, which represents both Adria Airways and Croatia Airlines in several countries within the former Yugoslavia. It has been suggested for flights to Skopje to be operated via Podgorica, as was the case several years ago. “This service would connect Podgorica and Montenegro with two capital cities in the former Yugoslavia - Sarajevo and Skopje. Flights will initially operate three times per week, starting at the end of this year or in early 2015”, Oki Air said in a statement.
B&H Airlines launched its Sarajevo - Podgorica - Skopje service in 2009 but flights were cancelled shortly after due to poor interest. However, the Bosnian carrier planned to resume the route on several occasions, the latest being last winter season. Flights were planned to operate five times per week, departing Sarajevo in the evening and arriving back to the Bosnian capital in the morning, so as to connect onto B&H’s European services at the time. Officials from B&H Airlines are set to visit Podgorica soon and hold talks with both Montenegro Airlines and Podgorica Airport. Talks will also be held in Macedonia with officials from Skopje Airport.
The Bosnian carrier is looking to operate the new service in cooperation with Montenegro Airlines. “It is strategically important to cooperate with Montenegro Airlines on this route, which has already shown interest since B&H Airlines would also bring transit passengers from Sarajevo, who would then continue their journey with Montenegro Airlines on flights from Podgorica”, Oki Air concluded. The CEO of Montenegro Airlines, Daliborka Pejović, recently said the carrier was looking at strengthening its cooperation with the national carriers from the former Yugoslavia. “Montenegro Airlines has good ties with all carriers in the region and it is possible to make favourable arrangements with them”, Ms. Pejović said.