Strong start for Ryanair's Banja Luka operations


Ryanair has recorded solid passenger numbers across its three new routes to and from Banja Luka, which were launched last month. The carrier registered an average cabin load factor of 94% on its services from Charleroi, Memmigen and Stockholm Skavsta to Bosnia and Herzegovina's second largest city, with flights from the Swedish capital proving most popular with travellers. Since entering the Bosnian market on October 30, the no frills airline has sold an additional 8.225 tickets for the three routes. "If these trends continue, we will end 2018 with a total of over 25.000 passengers, while we anticipate over 100.000 travellers in 2019", Banja Luka Airport's General Manager, Duško Kovačević, said.

Ryanair recently noted, "Even though we do not analyse our performance purely on a route-by-route basis, we are very pleased with the overall interest and a record number of advanced bookings". A number of Banja Luka-bound flights around the New Year holidays are sold out. During the January - October period, Banja Luka Airport welcomed 19.643 travellers through its doors, up 4.8% on the same period in 2017. This year is expected to become its busiest since 2014, while 2019 is likely to be its busiest on record.

Mr Kovačević noted that talks with Ryanair over the launch of additional new routes are ongoing. He added that the airport is targeting flights to either Vienna or Bratislava. "We have made some suggestions and the result of these discussions should be known around the New Year", Mr Kovačević said. In addition to Ryanair, Air Serbia's dedicated charter brand Aviolet and tour operator KonTiki Travel will introduce new charter flights between Banja Luka and Athens next summer season. Services will run between June 20 and September 8, 2019. It comes following the successful partnership between the two companies this year, which saw Aviolet run leisure flights between Banja Luka and Antalya in Turkey, which are set to resume next summer season. Mr Kovačević previously noted that the airport was in talks with a further two well-established carriers over the introduction of new routes but refused to reveal their names as the negotiating process was ongoing.

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  1. Stockholm most popular? Why am I not surprised, gasto central :D

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  2. This is great to hear. Good luck BNX.

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  3. Stockholm makes sense as there is no direct flight from ZAG.

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  4. I really hope it will be Laudamotion from Vienna next.

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    1. Wouldn't complain about Bratislava either.

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    2. If Wizz Air was smart they should just launch Vienna-Banja Luka. Not only would it be a success, they would also have presence in BNX which gives them a better opportunity to compete against Ryanair.

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  5. Flew last week to Sweden. Lots Croats on those flights.

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    1. Nice to hear that flights are being used by others as well. What was the load like?

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    2. And we heard here that Croatians would not have interest to fly from BNX - too far, border control, their fancy airport etc

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    3. Well i'm one who will never fly Ryanair, I would rather my fancy airport and regional leader airline!

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    4. Obviously there are more people who think differently!

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  6. Which other routes (except Vienna) from Ryanair network could work from Banja Luka?

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    1. I could see Switzerland, ATH, possibly STN.

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    3. Any gasto routes.

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    4. Next will be Basel... I bet a beg portion of Mujos cevape!

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    5. Check which bus routes are most popular from Banja Luka and there you will see the potential air routes from BNX.

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    6. ^ good point

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  7. Great news. BNX has the potential from its catchment area to grow a lot.

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  8. I don't get this

    "Even though we do not analyse our performance purely on a route-by-route basis"

    How do they analyse it then?

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  9. I think with fourth FR route and new Athens charters, along with Antalya, the airport could reach well over 100,000 next year.

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  10. This could actually hurt Air Serbia. I'm sure they had transfers from Stockholm to Banja Luka, especially around the holidays. FR launching Vienna could also hurt them.

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    1. Considering they used to have daily flight to Banja Luka a few years ago and now they have 2-3 per week in winter, I doubt transfer demand was that great.

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    2. +1
      I think the launching of VIE and ZRH flights will be the most damaging.

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    3. But they increase BNX to 3 weekly from mid Dec to mid Jan, for a reason and I don't think it's because of point to point demand. Also, they fly 5 weekly in summer.

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    4. Po broju putnika da,finansijski ne.Linija se subvencionise.

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    5. ZAG will feel this

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    6. Speaking of Air Serbia, today is exactly 5 years since they (re)launched Banja Luka :)

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  11. Only airport in BiH left to get itself in shape is Mostar.

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    1. I feel sorry for Mostar because like Tuzla and Banja Luka, they are subsidizing flights but unlike those two tge flights to Mostar are not performing well.

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  12. The airport is probably used by Croats too hence the 94% LF in winter. This purely means that there were will be more flights to come.
    The strategic geographical location of BNX combined with the extremely low fares gives it more advantage.

    Meanwhile, FR responded to W6 in INI by launching prices from BTS-INI starting as little as 97 eurocents!

    https://flyfromnis.blogspot.com/2018/11/let-od-bratislave-ka-nisu-vec-od-1-evra.html

    If W6 arrive in BNX, this will be a new battlefield!

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    1. The next reaction of FR to W6 will be to scrap this route altogether.

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  13. I would like to see Laudamotion (VIE, STR, CPH) and RYR (BSL, GOT, DTM, CGN, FRA and SKG in summer season) that would be enough

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  14. Maybe BNX - DUB

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    1. I don't think there is any sort of diaspora in Dublin from Bosnia.

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    2. But there is a Croatian one.

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    3. Not sizeble enough to entice such a large number of people to fly to Banja Luka and then drive.

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  15. Would be nice if Swiss or Edelweiss launched flights from Zurich.

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    1. Yes like in Nis would be perfect.

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    2. A few years ago Edelweiss started ticket sales to Banja Luka but flights were cancelled before the launch.

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    3. And it is still unknown was it because of poor sales or the management at the time chased them away.

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    4. At the same time Endelweiss also planned to start Podgorica and they started sales too but cancelled it before it started.

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    5. Sales probably were not good for either route.

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  16. Question: does Banja Luka airport get affected by fog often like Tuzla?

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    1. No...There is no fog in BL not even close like in Tuzla

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    2. Ironically the inaugural flight from Brussels was diverted to Zadar because of fog. But it is very rare.

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    3. Not that much of fog like in Tuzla. But there were flights redirected to Zadar because of fog (Memmingen).

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  17. Congrats to BNX and FR!

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  18. This is a big turnaround. I'm very happy for Banja Luka.

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  19. Looking forward to more flights from Banja Luka, hopefully they will be as sucessful as Tuzla :)

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    1. But hopefully smarter than Tuzla not to get tied down to one airline. We saw what happened in TZL in October when Wizz started cutting routes - numbers went down.

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  20. Good. The only way these small ex-Yu airports can develop is by attracting LCCs. Tuzla and Nis would still be dead without them.

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  21. Why don't they start Sarajevo???

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    1. Cause it's expensive. Same reason they don't fly to any ex-Yu capital except Podgorica.

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    2. Way too expensive for FR.

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  22. Vladimir Milićević3 December 2018 at 16:36

    Evo još malo da zapržimo.

    https://corporate.ryanair.com/news/ryanair-launches-new-dublin-routes-to-dubrovnik-split/

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  23. evo objavljeno da iz Banjaluke ide za Berlin
    http://mondo.ba/a843018/Info/BiH/Let-Banjaluka-Berlin.html

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