|Edelweiss Air launching flights to Banja Luka and Podgorica next summer|
The Swiss-based Edelweiss Air will inaugurate flights from Zurich to Banja Luka and Podgorica next summer season and add additional frequencies to its existing services in the former Yugoslavia. Flights to Banja Luka will be launched on July 3 while services to the Montenegrin capital will be inaugurated on July 5. Both will operate twice per week with an Airbus A320. Edelweiss is a wholly owned subsidiary of Swiss International Air Lines and, apart from inter-European services, operates long haul flights to Canada, the US, Japan and Thailand as well. Edelweiss has a notable presence in the former Yugoslavia with flights to Skopje and Pristina, as well as seasonal services to Split.
In a statement, the airline said, “With the 2015 summer timetable, Edelweiss is also expanding its offer to include the up-and-coming cities in Southeast Europe. To that end, new destinations such as Banja Luka and Podgorica are being included in the route network and the number of flights to Pristina, Skopje and Split are being increased. The wider choice of flights affords Edelweiss customers even greater flexibility and individuality in their holiday planning”. Flights to Banja Luka and Podgorica will operate on a seasonal summer basis until October 24, 2015. Tickets are already on sale through the airline’s website.
Edelweiss will be warmly welcomed in Banja Luka which has struggled to attract customers in recent years. The new service will provide direct competition to B&H Airlines and will go head-to-head against the Bosnian carrier which has been flying from Banja Luka to Zurich for several years with an ATR72. Over in Podgorica, Edelweiss will compete against Montenegro Airlines on the route. Services to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s second largest city will operate every Monday and Friday, while flights to Podgorica will run on Wednesdays and Sundays. Further details for the Banja Luka flights can be found here, while additional information on the Podgorica service can be found here.