Banja Luka Airport's decline continues

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Banja Luka Airport has continued to shed passengers in the new year with numbers declining in both January and February compared to 2017. During the first month of the year, the airport handled 1.203 travellers, which is down 18.9%, while in February figures decreased 18.1% to 717. Overall, the airport welcomed 1.920 passengers during the first two months of the year, representing a decline of 18.6%. Banja Luka Airport previously said it aims to handle some 100.000 passengers and offer flights to up to five destinations by the end of 2019 in a bid to turn around its fortunes. It has struggled to attract travellers over the past few years with Air Serbia being its only customer at the moment, maintaining two to three weekly flights from Belgrade during the winter and five over the summer.

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  1. How come Air Serbia can not make a single route work from this airport?

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    1. What routes? They fly Belgrade-Banja Luka and nothing else.

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    2. That is why I said single route. I am surprised they do not have a higher demand for people to transfer IN Belgrade.

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  2. BNX missed out on the opportunity to become LCC alternative to Zagreb. It's only 2hrs away. Shame !
    New ZAG owners will likely expand LCC presence.

    my2centa

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    1. plus a boarder - don´t know if you were crossing it there, but sometimes it takes longer than 2 hours just to cross it...

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    2. How often is this 'sometimes' ?

      It's definitely closer than Timisoara airport from Belgrade.

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  3. I still remember Ljubljana - Banja Luka with Adria Airways. Sometimes all pax can be put in a ordinary car.

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    1. When was that? How long did JP manage to sustain this route “profitable”? 🙄🙄🙄 hahhaha

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    2. some 5-7yrs ago. 90euros return if I remember. SUBSIDY

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    3. I remeber this time. Me and my friend alone in the plane. Like a huge private jet

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  4. this route is purely politics

    funny things is people from Banja Luka moved on to use TZL :)

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    1. What is funny about people flying Wizz over Air Serbia? People living here are poor and are looking for every cent.

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    2. @last anon you didnt understand the message.

      people are fed on politics

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  5. TZL will become an even greater alternative when the motorway BNX-Doboj is completed.

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    1. Yep, it will be finished this year, and will be super-fast to reach Tuzla from Banja Luka. And only Banja Luka, but the entire Bosnian Krajina region, that generates a lot of passengers.

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    2. *not only Banja Luka

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  6. AS should use the aircraft for BEG-INI instead of flying BEG-BNX...

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    1. they will probably have better LF

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  7. Without sounding too rude, I think 4 airports for a small country like BiH are just too much.
    It is more than enough to have SJJ, TZL and OMO.

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    1. And maybe Bihac on the far west :)

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  8. And why not Banja Luka?! The city is big enough, bigger then Bihać, covering more people then Mostar... Pity the management is not better to make it work.

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    1. Because they are uncapable of running an airport and corrupt. Bihac has Una Sana Canton approx 300,000, proximity of the Una River and a big Una River Rafting Regata, and is close to the Croatian border as well.

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