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B&H Airlines is the national carrier of Bosnia and Herzegovina and is based at Sarajevo International Airport. B&H operates scheduled service to destinations in Western Europe, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. The airline is 49% owned by Turkish Airlines and participates in THY's frequent flyer programme and codeshares with its parent. As of 13-Mar-2012 B&H has suspended all services.
Location of B&H Airlines main hub (Sarajevo Butmir International Airport)
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National carriers in countries of the former Yugoslavia are struggling to survive in the current economic environment as operating costs rise and they face competition from large network carriers and expanding low-cost carriers. The former Yugoslavian nations of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia all have national airlines but are struggling to become profitable, while the national carriers of Kosovo and Macedonia have already failed and have not been revived.
Association of European Airlines (AEA) secretary general Ulrich Schulte Strathaus recently told Slovenian newspaper Dnevnik that national carriers in the former Yugoslavia need to unite into a single carrier in order to survive. Mr Strathaus stated, “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.”
The main airlines in the region are Bosnia and Herzegovina’s B&H Airlines, Croatia’s Croatia Airlines, Montenegro’s Montenegro Airlines, Serbia’s Jat Airways and Slovenia’s Adria Airways.
Turkish Airlines is one of the oldest airlines in Europe, but it is behaving these days like a young colt. With profit burgeoning to a net of USD548 million for the first three quarters of the year, up nearly threefold on last year, net operating profit also increased by 29% to USD401 million.
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