Banja Luka International AirportEdit profile
Banja Luka International Airport (IATA: BNX, ICAO: LQBK) (Serbian Cyrillic: Међународни аеродром Бања Лука, Serbian Latin, Bosnian, Croatian: Međunarodni aerodrom Banja Luka), 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 in the city of Banja Luka, the second largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the capital of Republika Srpska entity.History
The construction of the Banja Luka International Airport began in 1976. In accordance with the development plans, capacities were built defining BNX as an airport of secondary importance, restricted to domestic air traffic on the territory of Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
After the political and territorial upheaval within the former Yugoslavia, 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. Unfortunately, the company ceased all operations in 2003 after increasing debt, and the withdrawal of Jat Airways from the partnership. There are plans for a new airline, Sky Srpska, to start and be based at Banja Luka Airport.
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.
Banja Luka airport is managed by the government-owned company "Aerodromi Republike Srpske".Flights
Over the years, the airport has had flights connecting Banja Luka to Athens (Greece), Belgrade (Serbia), Frankfurt (Germany), Salzburg (Austria), Tivat (Montenegro) and Vienna (Austria), partly thanks to Air Srpska which was an airline based at the airport.
The airport is a focus city for B&H Airlines, which operates direct, three-times weekly flights to Zürich in October 2010.
Slovenia's Adria Airways also operates scheduled flights from the airport. Since July 2010, it has been operating five weekly flights between Banja Luka and Ljubljana.
Between November 2007 and December 2009, the Serbian airline Jat Airways operated flights between Belgrade and Banja Luka after a break of two years. However, the route was discontinued due to poor load factors (average load on the route was 26%) and inadequate type of airplane (Jat operated the route with an ATR 72). The flights were subsidized by Republika Srpska government. Austrojet operated two routes, to Salzburg and Tivat, three times weekly during 2008.
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.Airlines and destinations
Statistic data for bosnian airports:Banja Luka Int. Airport
The airport was built in the area of Laktaši and Gradiška municipalities, in a wide valley of the Vrbas River expanding into the well-known Lijevče polje. It is connected to the main Banja Luka – Gradiška road and will also be connected to the new Banja Luka – Gradiška highway, which is due to be completed in 2011.