Thursday, July 21, 2011

Banja Luka Airport to close

Strike to close Banja Luka Airport’s doors
Banja Luka Airport will be forced to close its doors from July 27 as its employees will begin a general strike, unhappy with unpaid wages. Employees of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s third largest airport (passenger wise) are demanding for government funds, currently being directed for the inexistent Trebinje Airport and the Sky Srpska airline, to go towards their salaries. A total of 63 people are employed at the airport. The head of the worker’s union said, “We are aware that the airport is having financial trouble but this is not our problem. The government and management are responsible for the fact that this international airport offers flights to only two destinations”.

Banja Luka Airport is currently served by Adria Airways from Ljubljana and B&H Airlines, which operates flights to Zurich. The 5 weekly flights operated by Adria Airways are heavily subsidised and on average have 6 passengers per flight. The strike, scheduled for next Wednesday, will disrupt both B&H’s and Adria’s operations to and from the airport. The strike will continue until the demands of the workers are met, which includes a 30% wage increase.

Banja Luka Airport has been in financial strife for some time. Its employees held a warning strike on July 4 but none of their terms have been met.

23 comments:

  1. Hello Ryanair, smell the Coffee!

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  2. Why are funds being directed to Trebinje and Sky Srpska when they could be directed to funding local economy and paying employee wages?

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  3. Sad story about poverty of country and incompetency of managers.

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  5. Banja Luka had a "bad luck" to have an incompetent management at its only airport for years. They just don't know and don't want to know how to manage an international airport. They just care about themselves.
    - These aviation charlatans set the jet fuel price more than twice expensive then anywhere in the region.
    - PAX tax is 10 EUR that passengers need to pay to get such a poor service. There is no web check in(web site is a joke), no self check in at the airport, no through check in, stinky toilets, small gates with poor air condition or sometimes no air condition at all etc.
    - Luck of stuff at the airport. Kind but not well informed. There are few enthusiastic employees to carry out all the job.
    So there is a lot of job to be done for new management (just hope so) in order to meet the standards and to offer quality service for any airline at International Airport Banja Luka.

    Just to mention that Sky Srpska is not an airline. Maybe they wish they are, but no, they have no AOC, no aircraft, no aviation stuff, only a logo.

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  6. I do not think that in Banjaluka web check-in and self check-in would bring pax!

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  8. montenegro could ask to fly from banja luka.maximum 3-to 4
    destinations.zurich, vienna,frank-
    furt and maybe dusseldorf would make sense.their embraer jets would fit perfect.start with 3 times per week,
    and if the route is profitable then
    increase the frequency to 5 times
    per week or daily,and this only in the second or third year.
    very important:
    pay all your bills and do not even
    think about flying to cuba or other exotic destinations.
    maybe banja luka is small but
    small is beautiful !

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  11. Hey people!There was Air China in Belgrade on July 12th with Airbus
    330! Wow!What was goin on there? What is with Rumours that Belavia gets kicked out of Belgrade?Have they ever flown there?

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  15. Should the 63 people working at an airport handling 1 plane a day and around 10 pax really being going on strike? Sack the lot of them and close this basket case of an airport!

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  16. I cannot believe, I bought ticket yesterday LGW-BNX!!!! I simply cannot believe

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  17. @Everyone, why do you think it is all so messed up.. Because no-one seems to realise that they're BOSNIAN.

    Everyone looks at federation or republika first. If you would set aside your nationalist 'humpapa' then our country would function alot better, including infrastructure..

    @last anonymous: I presume you bought that ticket with ADRIA?

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  18. 63 people working for an airport that basically has no passengers???? What kind of job do those people do? Where do they get paid from? Plus they have to pay Adria to fly there. It doesn't matter if you are Serb, Croat or Bosniak and how you call your entity. There is really nothing to be proud of. The country might be beautiful but unfortunately it's full of retards.

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  20. @ --said...

    Yes I bought ticket with Adria. I've already contacted them and they say as far as they know flights will go as usual and planned.

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  21. Oh, Adria forget this airline.

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  22. PAX tax is 10 EUR on departure from Banja Luka to Ljubljana.
    PAX tax is 17 EUR on departure from Ljubljana to Banja Luka.
    Both is

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  23. @Sam

    It isn't full of retards, it is full of corrupt politicians and managers that steal the money from the people while offering nothing in return. Money was "invested" into this airport and someone just needs to have the guts to track down whose pockets this investment went into.

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