Big plans for Banja Luka as flights to Salzburg begin

On Thursday (August 21) from Banja Luka Airport in Bosnia and Herzegovina (pictured above) the first flights to Salzburg, Austria began, operated by Austrojet flying Banja Luka – Salzburg – Stuttgart. The line will operate 3 times weekly on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday using a Bombardier Dash 8 while the price of a one way ticket is 175 Euros (excluding taxes). The airport management is currently in talks with the world’s largest low cost airline Ryanair. It hopes that on October 2, when formal negotiations are held they will manage to attract the low cost airline to start flights to Banja Luka from Frankfurt. This line would be made possible by the Open Sky Agreement which Bosnia and Herzegovina is a part of, giving airlines from the European Union limitless access to European aviation markets outside of the union. The airport’s management is also in talks with Serbia’s Jat Airways about the commencement of double daily traffic between Belgrade and Banja Luka. Austrojet’s line from Banja Luka to Tivat, Montenegro will conclude by the end of August as the tourist season comes to a close.

Banja Luka recently received an international license of operation which enables the airport to attract more international airlines. The airport is served B&H Airlines (to Sarajevo and Zurich) and Jat Airways and Austrojet to the lines mentioned above.