Banja Luka International Airport

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Banja Luka International Airport

Међународни аеродром Бања Лука
Međunarodni aerodrom Banja Luka

Međunarodna zračna luka Banja Luka
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Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorBosnia and Herzegovina Directorate of Civil Aviation (BHDCA)[1]
ServesBanja Luka, Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina
LocationMahovljani
Elevation AMSL122 m / 400 ft
Coordinates44°56′10″N 17°17′57″E / 44.93611°N 17.29917°E / 44.93611; 17.29917Coordinates: 44°56′10″N 17°17′57″E / 44.93611°N 17.29917°E / 44.93611; 17.29917
Websitebnx.aero
Map
BNX is located in Bosnia and Herzegovina
BNX
BNX
Location of the airport in Republika Srpska , Bosnia and Herzegovina
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17/35 2,500 8,202 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2019)
Passengers149.693 Increase 313,7%
Aircraft Movements2.561 Increase 52,6%
Freight (in tons)5.7 Increase 11,7%
Source: Bosnian and Herzegovinian Directorate of Civil Aviation BHDCA[2]

Banja Luka International Airport (IATA: BNX, ICAO: LQBK), also known as Mahovljani Airport, after the nearby village of the same name, is an airport located 18 km (11 mi) north northeast of the railway station[3] in the city of Banja Luka, the largest city in Republika Srpska, and second largest in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The airport is managed by the government-owned company "Aerodromi Republike Srpske".

History[edit]

The construction of the Banja Luka International Airport began in 1976. In accordance with the development plans, capacities were built defining Banja Luka as an airport of secondary importance, restricted to domestic air traffic on the territory of Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. After the Bosnian War, Republika Srpska was established with Banja Luka as the de facto capital. That gave Banja Luka Airport new importance and a completely different role. Banja Luka International Airport was opened for civilian air traffic on 18 November 1997. From 1999 to 2003 the airport served as the main hub of Air Srpska, which was the official flag carrier of Republika Srpska. The company was founded by Jat Airways and Government of Republika Srpska. The company ceased all operations in 2003 after increasing debt, and the withdrawal of Jat Airways from the partnership. There were plans for Sky Srpska, a state-owned airline founded in 2007, to start flights, however, the airline, which never had any aircraft, was closed in 2013. The airport's facilities were greatly improved in 2002 and 2003, ahead of the visit by Pope John Paul II to Banja Luka in June 2003.

On 15 December 2010, to celebrate the abolition of visa requirements for Bosnian citizens traveling to the Schengen Area countries, a symbolic charter flight was organised from Banja Luka to Brussels. In 2011, Banja Luka airport handled 8,367 passengers, a rise of 74% compared to 2010. Over the years, the airport has had flights connecting Banja Luka to Athens, Belgrade, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Ljubljana, Salzburg, Tivat, and Vienna, partly thanks to Air Srpska which was an airline based at the airport. Austrian Airlines and Montenegro Airlines served Banja Luka during the late 1990s and early 2000s from their respective bases in Vienna and Tivat. Since Air Srpska stopped operations, the Government of Republika Srpska has tried to attract new airlines to fly to Banja Luka through various subsidies. Subsidised flights included Jat Airways flights to Belgrade between November 2007 and December 2009, operated with ATR 72, Austrojet flights to Salzburg and Tivat between July and December 2008, operated 3 times a week with Dash 8-100, and Adria Airways flights to Ljubljana between July 2010 and November 2011, operated 4 times a week with CRJ 200. B&H Airlines operated flights to Zürich for many years until airline went out of business in June 2015. BH Airlines operated seasonal charter flights to Tivat in Montenegro.

Passenger numbers more than doubled in 2014, as Air Serbia restarted flights to Belgrade, but suffered in 2015 due to BH Airlines' bankruptcy and the suspension of the Zurich route. Banja Luka airport owner Government of RS subsidises Air Serbia flights to Belgrade.[4] In April 2018, Ryanair announced that it would start its first ever flight from Banja Luka (and Bosnia as a whole) with twice-weekly services to each of Brussels Charleroi and Memmingen, while in May, it added Stockholm Skavsta and, in December, Berlin-Schönefeld to its list of new routes. The flights began in October 2018. Overall, the airline expects 100,000 passengers in 2019.[5]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines operate regular flights to and from Banja Luka:[6]

AirlinesDestinations
Air Serbia Belgrade
Freebird Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya[7]
Ryanair Berlin, Hahn, Memmingen, Vienna (begins 29 March 2021)[8]

Statistics[edit]

Passenger statistics[9]
Year/Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year total Change
2010 - - - - - - - - 497 432 602 - 4,798
2011 560 422 640 719 680 536 1,209 942 707 830 545 577 8,367 Increase74.4%
2012 791 424 178 408 402 377 589 688 610 642 550 765 6,424 Decrease23.2%
2013 518 448 400 431 601 530 844 893 713 824 434 2,201 8,837 Increase37.6%
2014 1,522 1,352 1,566 1,942 2,201 2,797 3,457 4,011 2,633 2,503 1,661 1,991 27,636 Increase212.7%
2015 1,830 1,154 1,327 2,090 2,353 2,085 2,554 2,591 2,185 1,782 1,078 1,771 22,800 Decrease17.5%
2016 1,484 875 1,368 1,581 2,298 2,094 2,835 2,807 1,905 1,905 n/a n/a 21,694 Decrease04.9%
2017 1,484 875 1,171 2,013 2,033 2,023 2,533 2,613 2,048 1,934 997 1,143 20,867 Decrease03.8%
2018 1,203 717 1,144 1,806 1,671 2,294 3,109 3,295 2,528 1,876 8,272 8,265 36,180 Increase73.3%
2019 8,838 7,805 9,962 12,460 12,780 14,190 17,073 14,976 12,485 13,174 12,354 13,596 149,693 Increase313.74%
2020 11,538 14,079 6,458 19 265 490 1,419 3,636 1,582 1,073 1,629 - 42,188 Decrease69,00%
Passengers (in thousands) 2010–2020
Updated: 12 December 2020

Ground transportation[edit]

The airport was built in the area of Laktaši and Gradiška municipalities, in a wide valley of the Vrbas expanding into Lijevče. It is connected to the new Banja Luka – Gradiška motorway.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Airports Archived 30 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Bhdca.gov.ba.
  2. ^ http://flyingbosnian.blogspot.com/2019/01/bosnia-and-herzegovina-air-traffic.html
  3. ^ EAD Basic. Ead.eurocontrol.int.
  4. ^ "Banja Luka extends Air Serbia subsidy deal". www.exyuaviation.com.
  5. ^ "New Banja Luka Route To Stockholm Skavsta - Ryanair's Corporate Website". corporate.ryanair.com.
  6. ^ Departures and arrivals retrieved 26 July 2020
  7. ^ "Postavljamo nove rekorde! Ispratili smo i naš drugi čarter let iz Banjaluke za Tursku u sezoni, sa popunjenih 166 od 174 mjesta". instagram.com/kontiki_banjaluka. 16 July 2020.
  8. ^ "Lauda to commence Banja Luka, Dubrovnik flights". exyuaviation.com. 27 September 2019.
  9. ^ Statistical data for Bosnia and Herzegovina airports:Banja Luka Int. Airport. Bhdca.gov.ba.

External links[edit]

Media related to Banja Luka International Airport at Wikimedia Commons