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B&H Airlines cancels all flights … again

B&H Airlines has cancelled all of its flights again until Tuesday April 16. Services to Istanbul, Zurich, Copenhagen and Banja Luka have all been cancelled as the airline’s sole operating ATR72 is believed to be undergoing scheduled maintenance. The carrier’s other ATR, grounded in Germany, is expected to return to Sarajevo soon. A total of 460.000 euros has been accumulated from the departure tax at Sarajevo Airport, which is the amount needed for the aircraft’s maintenance in Germany to be paid, Amir Jažić, B&H CEO says. The Federation government now has to clear the funds which will then be transferred to Germany.

Last week the Federation government approved a 1.3 million euro cash injection for B&H Airlines. More than half of the allocated funds will be used for fuel, followed by handling and landing and maintenance. B&H Airlines plans to launch flights to Skopje in less than a month. With the arrival of its second ATR the carrier will have the opportunity to launch another new destination during the summer. The airline has given up on previous plans to lease a jet engine aircraft.

B&H is facing stiffer competition with the recent arrival of Pegasus Airlines in Sarajevo and the potential arrival of Wizz Air. In May, Gryphon Airlines is expected to launch seasonal summer flights from Kuwait City to the Bosnian capital with its Boeing 767. It will be joined by Kuwait Airways which will operate the route through August and September with its Airbus A300-600 via Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport. Meanwhile, local authorities have agreed for promotional flights to be operated between Moscow and Sarajevo in either June or July by Moskovia Airlines. The promo flight should serve as a prelude to regular services between the two capitals in the near future.

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