Bosnia and Herzegovina has taken full control of its airspace during the night between Wednesday and Thursday, ending its reliance on Serbia and Croatia.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina Air Navigation Services Agency (BHANSA) assumed the oversight of the country’s upper airspace (over 10,000 meters / 32,000 feet) early on Thursday morning, almost five years after assuming control of the lower airspace.
The upper airspace has been controlled for decades by Serbia and Croatia, meaning that the two neighboring countries have each been collecting up to BAM 15 million worth of revenues every year - as over 80 percent of air traffic actually takes place in the upper airspace.
BHANSA used to oversee some 200 flights per day; now, the number will increase to between 70 and 80 flights per hour and between 700 and 800 flights per day during winter months, as well as to some 120 flights per hour and 1,600 per day during summer.
“This is a big day for Bosnia and Herzegovina as a country, because in a relatively short period of time, and as the youngest European air navigation services agency, we have created technical, personnel and all other prerequisites to fully control the air traffic over our country’s territory”, said BHANSA Director Davorin Primorac.
Years-long preparations for taking over control of country’s upper airspace included the education of personnel, signing of inter-state agreements and the procurement of necessary equipment.
Bosnia and Herzegovina currently has 60 trained air traffic controllers.