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B&H Airlines to Skopje from April

B&H Airlines to Skopje from April

B&H Airlines will launch flights to Skopje Alexander the Great Airport on April 1. Services, with the ATR72, will operate four times per week. Originally, B&H intended to launch flights to Skopje during the winter holiday season but instead it opted to postpone the service until the summer. The airline also intends to launch flights to Amsterdam and there is a possibility for services to Zagreb to be inaugurated as well as the Bosnian carrier looks to strengthen its cooperation with Croatia Airlines. Flight details for the Sarajevo – Skopje s

B&H’s return will be welcomed news for Skopje Airport. Nordic Air Sweden has already announced that it will launch flights from Copenhagen to the Macedonian capital in late February while a possible Wizz Air expansion is also on the cards. Furthermore, Jetairfly will resume its seasonal summer flights from Brussels. Skopje will now be served by four national carriers from the former Yugoslavia – Adria Airways, B&H Airlines, Croatia Airlines and Jat Airways. With 828.831 passengers handled in 2012, Skopje will need a significant 20% passenger increase this year if it is to break its one million passenger record set in 2000.

B&H Airlines has operated flights to Skopje on and off for several years. At first the airline flew to Skopje via Podgorica. The national carrier suspended the flights after some time citing low interest. It planned to return to the Macedonian capital in the summer of 2012, however, its fleet shortage and Turkish Airlines’ exit from the carrier made it impossible. A total of five weekly flights were scheduled, departing Sarajevo in the evening with the return flight to leave Skopje early next morning, so as to connect onto B&H’s services to Europe. All EX-YU airlines rely on Macedonian transit passengers to Western Europe, with B&H now ready to re-enter the game as well.

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Skopje to become Wizz Air’s 17th base

Skopje Airport will become Wizz Air’s 17th base as the airline plans to station an aircraft in the Macedonian capital by the end of the year. From October 28 the airline will launch flights from Skopje to Milan, Eindhoven, Dortmund and Munich (Memmingen). All of the services will operate twice per week. Two weekly flights to Malmo in Sweden will launch on October 29 while on October 30 the low cost airline will inaugurate three weekly services to Basel. All of the services will be subsidised by the Macedonian government over the next three years. The low cost airline will continue operating its existing flights from London and Treviso to Skopje.

Wizz Air has also been offered the opportunity to launch flights from Skopje to Brussels. In case of any further expansion at Skopje, the no frills airline will launch the route. Towards the end of the year Wizz Air will base an aircraft in the Macedonian capital. On Thursday, the airline will hold a press conference and announce the new route launches, providing more details on scheduling.

Wizz Air’s expansion in Macedonia comes as a result of the government’s subsidised flights scheme. The only other airlines to have shown interest in the tender procedure besides Wizz Air were Croatia Airlines and easyJet, however they did not put in an offer. Skopje will be Wizz Air’s second base in the former Yugoslavia following Belgrade. Furthermore, in October the airline will launch flights to Ljubljana and still maintains a seasonal service to Split. Earlier in the year talks with Sarajevo Airport broke down after the airport’s management stated that “great demands” were placed by the airline.

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Ex-YU airlines should unite

The Secretary General of the Association of European Airlines, Ulrich Schulte Strathaus, has told the Slovenian daily “Dnevnik” that in order for the national carriers of the former Yugoslavia to survive they will need to unite into a single airline. “The once single Yugoslav market is now fragmented and a regional solution is necessary. The region needs an airline that would cover local needs and connect with global hubs”, Strathaus says. He notes that he recently discussed the issue with Adria Airways’ management. “It would be great if Adria Airways, which has extensive knowledge of the Balkan market, were to initiate a regional summit which would be dedicated to this issue, however, due to political quarrels I doubt this could happen”, Strathaus adds.

The Association of European Airlines counts 34 members, mostly national carriers. Adria Airways, Croatia Airlines and Jat Airways are all members. Montenegro Airlines also used to be a member of the association but mysteriously left after a few months. Strathaus believes that certain markets in the former Yugoslavia are too small to have their own national carrier. He notes that Serbia can’t find an investor for Jat, Croatia Airlines and Montenegro Airlines are operating with mounting problems and that B&H Airlines will go bankrupt when Turkish Airlines ceases financing it.

Last year, an idea to unite the former Yugoslav aviation market was put on the table during talks between the Serbian government and Turkish Airlines. It was suggested that a regional airline, Balkan Airways, could serve as a national carrier for Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Macedonia. In September 2011, Croatia Airlines and Adria Airways reached an agreement over a common business plan model. The two airlines agreed to strengthen ties and cooperate on jet leasing as a means of improving efficiency and streamlining fleet utilisation.

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