Bosnia and Herzegovina’s BHANSA takes total control of airspace

Bosnia and Herzegovina Air Navigation Services Agency (BHANSA) has commenced a new chapter in the nation’s civil aviation history after taking control of its entire airspace.

The country had no control over its airspace until 2014 due to the Yugoslav wars that started in 1992. After establishing BHANSA in 2009,
Bosnia and Herzegovina made a clear commitment to taking back control of its airspace and on 1 January 2014, BHANSA took over responsibility for the provision of approach and aerodrome air traffic control, in the controlled zones of Bosnia and Herzegovina international airports in Banja Luka, Mostar, Sarajevo and Tuzla.

BHANSA was only responsible for the airspace up to 325ft, with air traffic above that jointly managed by neighbouring countries, Serbia and Croatia.

“It was a truly pioneering venture, achieved with exceptional efforts of local experts, and generous assistance of our European partners at Eurocontrol,” said BHANSA director Davorin Primorac.

The December 5 transition saw the full implementation of the second phase of the development strategy of air traffic management system of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BH ATM Strategy).

Primorac said December 5 was a great day for Bosnia and Herzegovina as a state: “In a relatively short period of time, we, as the youngest European agency for the provision of air navigation services, have created technical, personnel and all other preconditions to fully control the air traffic over the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina for ourselves.”

BHANSA says it now expects the number of flights it controls to increase significantly – up to 70 to 80 flights per hour, or 700 to 800 a day in winter, and up to 120 aircraft per hour, or 1,600 a day, in summer.

Primorac told the media in mid-October that he expects the country to earn significantly more revenue from charges once it takes total control. BHANSA’s projected revenues for 2020 are around €36 million. In 2015, they amounted to €18 million.