Bosnia and Herzegovina on Dec. 5, for the first time since gaining independence in 1992, took complete control of its civil air space, which has up till now been overseen by Serbia and Croatia, the local authorities have said.
In 2014, Bosnia took on the monitoring of flights at heights of less than 10,000 meters, which equals about 20% of air traffic.
According to the country's air traffic control service BHANSA, Bosnian air traffic controllers have now also taken on flights above 10,000 meters.
"We are opening a new chapter in civil air space. It is a result of continuous investment in infrastructure, equipment and human resources," said BHANSA Director Davorin Primorac.
BHANSA has trained some 70 new air traffic controllers. As opposed to monitoring around 200 flights per day, air traffic controllers in Bosnia will from now on monitor "between 700 and 800 airplanes per day in winter and up to 1,600 in summer," said BHANSA official Adnan Gafic.
Estimates say that the changes in air traffic control will bring the country up to EUR35m more revenue than before.