Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Banja Luka to remain open

Flights to Banja Luka to go ahead as planned
Workers at Banja Luka Airport, who planned to go on a general strike today, effectively shutting down the airport until further notice, have decided against the move. Workers are unhappy with late and low wages and are requesting for funds to be redirected to them from Trebinje Airport and Sky Srpska. The decision came after the government of the entity and the workers union met yesterday and agreed for some outstanding wages to be paid. However, the government did not concede into granting a 30% pay increase, as requested by Banja Luka Airport employees. The planned 307.000 Euros the entity will give to the airport this year is only half of what is needed for it to continue to operate, the union chief said.

The agreement between the two sides will come as good news for the small amount of passengers using the airport. Today, both Adria Airways from Ljubljana and B&H Airlines from Sarajevo and onwards to Zurich have scheduled flights to and from Banja Luka. These two are the only airlines currently operating from the city. Due to its unprofitability the airport is facing the prospect of losing its operating license, which means it would no longer be able to handle commercial flights.


  1. I have to mention in this context the employees of ARS Tours, a travel agency owned by the Airports of Republika Srpska. It's a great pity for them to share an unlucky fate of their parent company - Banja Luka International Airport, since they are by far the most professional travel agency in town, regarding both airline tickets issuing and travel arrangements reselling.

    Good luck to them, with or without the strike!

  2. As someone said before, only Ryanair can help in this matter :-)

  3. Yes Ryanair, but with cosrt per ticket of 1 EUR maximum

  4. *not related to this article*: today i saw on wikipedia that Rusline will start Moscow Domodedovo- Ljubljana on aug.15th. does anyone have any detailed info about this? thanks.

  5. about RusLine, Moscow-Lju, yes,it is mentioned also on their web page, there will be 2 flights per week, but i couldn't get any more info becuase i don't read and speak russian, and their english version is a disaster.anyway, good news.

  6. and on LJU page, timetables, it is mantioned DME-LJU-DME 3weekly flights.

  7. slovenia in the summer is very popular among russian tourists .
    especially bled lake and the coast!
    i also saw them in rogaska slatina
    which is at the border to croatia.
    pozdrav iz slovenije!

  8. well domededovo is fine! russians open the gate for flight st. petersburg to ljubljana :)

  9. building quality of New terminal at
    skopje airport is very bad .
    i am working for a construction company there. cheap materials
    hiding behind beautiful surface. hasty building is the enemy of quality.
    a lot of ironworks got sold to crap
    dealers .where is stability of steel construction when parts are missing.i fear to report because
    i will get fired or worse happens.

  10. 7R171 DME/LJU 12:00 13:10 CRJ 1----5--
    7R172 LJU/DME 14:00 19:10 CRJ 1----5--

    7R 172 1-3-5-- D 14:00 A 18:55
    valid 15.08.-29.10.

  12. So these are additions to the existing SVO services. Good to see.

    SVO flights are as follow from what I know:

    Adria 914 | 10:45 am → 3:40 pm (S-6)
    Adria 914 | 11:20 am → 4:15 pm (M,T,W,T,F,S)
    Adria 922 | 10:00 pm → 2:55 am (S-6)


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