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Bosnia Finally Takes Control of Its Skies

Bosnia has for the first time started controlling its own airspace, which until now has been handled by neighbouring Croatia and Serbia.

Elvira M. Jukic

The Bosnia and Herzegovina Air Navigation Services Agency, BHANSA, took control of the Balkan country's airspace for the first time on November 13.

Flight controllers in Bosnia will from now on control all aircraft flying up to around 10 kilometres in height. The agency will asume control of the country's upper airspace some time next year.

Bosnia's Communications and Traffic Minister, Damir Hadzic, said that years of efforts to establish a system of airspace control had finally yielded results.

“This is the beginning of a transition whose end is expected in November 2015, when Bosnia and Herzegovina takes complete control over all levels of its airspace,” Hadzic said.

BHANSA said the historic event on Thursday represented a step toward the goal of complete provision of services in the airspace over Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Control over the lower airspace was taken at midnight on November 13. The agency first took over areas hitherto controlled by Croatia, and then areas controlled by Serbia.

Delays in establishing a proper system of airspace control in Bosnia were related to the problems over the election of a management of a state airpspace agency and abolition of offices for civil aviation run by Bosnia's two autonomous entities.

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