IrAero plans Banja Luka service

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Russian carrier IrAero has applied for permits to introduce flights between Moscow and Banja Luka. The Irkutsk-based carrier is expected to launch operations between the two cities during the summer season. "They [IrAero] are awaiting to be issued a permit by the Russian Ministry for Transport. It is important for this route to be profitable and for it to have an average cabin load factor of 70%. We are preparing for these flights", Duško Pervoić, the Head of the Republika Srpska Representative Office in Russia, said. The General Manager of Banja Luka Airport, Zoran Injac, added, "What we can say is that there is interest from the Russian side. We will do everything we can on our behalf for this route to be successful". IrAero operates a fleet of twenty aircraft, including Boeing 777s, Sukhoi Superjet 100s, Bombardier CRJ200s and the Antonov An-24s. The airline primarily maintains domestic services but operates international flights to China, Mongolia and Uzbekistan.

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  1. This would be a really nice addition to BNX. The airport is developing quite nicely in recent times and what I especially like is that they are growing both to the east and to the west.

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  2. I think this is quite exotic airline.

    BNX would need some European legacy carrier apart from JU

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    1. They said they have a surprise for autumn so maybe that's it.

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  3. Is it the market ready for this? I don't think so.

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    1. Why not? Look at how much success FR had.

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    2. 2 times a week no more and a return flights below 80 eur will be good chance ...

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  4. I was hoping it could be a "Pobeda"
    Banjaluka itself has no potential for Moscow, but if we take the fact that there is no such flight in all of BiH, and I think there are no flights from Zagreb, this could be a successful story...

    just to see how serious this is
    in any case the BNX goes forward

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    1. Zagreb has 7 per week flights from Moscow by Aeroflot, and 2 per week flights to St.Petersburg from April to October by Croatia Airlines.

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  5. Wooow! IrAero has 17 planes! This is almost the size of Serbian Airlines!

    Aircraft Type
    Boeing 777 3
    Bombardier CRJ-100 Series 5
    Sukhoi Superjet 100 9
    Total 17
    AVG Fleet age: 11.6 Years

    Nice one BNX! I hope ZAG takes a lesson from this.

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    1. What lesson? Like someone wrote Aeroflot flies to ZAG daily

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    2. He probably meant on being proactive in bringing new carriers and increasing frequencies.

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    3. BNX got several carriers and all of a sudden ZAG should be taking notes from it.

      It's one thing being happy that an airline might open a route, another is talking condescendingly.

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    4. Well ZAG didn't do anything to remain competitive when BNX started getting flights. Just look at ZAG's growth falling once BNX got flights. Everyone knows most people from Srpska used ZAG and TZL.

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    5. Yes, of course, sure. ZAG is falling because BNX.

      Christ almighty. I remember when INI was rising like crazy and look at it now. So, get off your high horse and stop preaching just because BNX got few airlines.

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    6. Not this AGAIN. How do you people not get bored of arguing the same thing over and over? I'm not from Croatia, but as far as I remember I read Zagreb had good growth in February.

      And I agree with frishki that ZAG should really not be taking notes from Banja Luka of all airports.

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    7. Look at ZAG growth before and after BNX, there is obviously a drop. Also tell me, where did people from Banja Luka fly from before they got their flights? ;)
      As for INI, MMX was suspended because of a Polish base closing, growth should be back from next month and then especially in summer when summer charters start.

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    8. Jeez ... I hope all available pax will fly from BNX from March so that we stop hearing of this devastating effect that BNX has on ZAG.

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    9. Yes, Banja Luka passengers are some reason why ZAG numbers standard in January, but because in 2018 there was a handball championship in Zagreb. And to answer you question, many of these passengers took the bus.

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    10. And those who didn't? ;)

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    11. Must be tens of thousands.

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  6. Who would fly with anonymous airlines?

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    1. Anonymous airlines? :)
      3xB777 - is there any Balkan airline who has that?

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    2. Turkish Airlines?

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  7. can we at least once like to wish them luck ?!
    and to release the stories of BNX - Zagreb ...

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  8. It would be nice to see SSJ100 on BNX :)

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