The introduction of Free Route Airspace (FRA) in the airspace of Bosnia and Herzegovina and entering the regional SEAFRA project brought numerous benefits, including shortening the aircraft route, reducing fuel consumption and price of overflights and increasing of volume of air traffic by increasing our revenues for 4.6 millions ( BAM), Director of Bosnia and Herzegovina Air Navigation Services Agency (BHANSA), Davorin Primorac said for FENA.
Free Route Airspace are among the key achievements within the framework of the EU initiative to establish a Single European Sky independent of state borders or boundaries of functional airspace blocks, with the aim of increasing safety and efficiency, as well as the capacity of air traffic in Europe
Primorac emphasizes that BiH and the neighboring countries, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro, have made an extra step by creating SEAFRA, ie the first common space of free H24 routes in Europe, which includes four states. Traffic analyzes across the BiH airspace have shown that the number of flights compared to the previous period has increased, while the flight length has been reduced. Thus, the stated goal is fully achieved.
Besides creating the conditions for integration in the EU, the concept of SEAFRA has the result of a shortening of the trajectory of an aircraft by about 2880 NM (nautical miles) on a daily basis, a 9.3 tonne daily fuel consumption reduction, which is about 3.4 million kg per year, as well as protection of environment by reducing daily fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in the amount of 30 tons of CO2 and nitrogen oxide NOx emissions by 110 kg, Primorac pointed out.
Significant benefit is also in reducing the price of transit through BiH airspace, which implies improving competitiveness. This should also increase air traffic volume by increasing revenue and better flight predictability and network traffic flows.
The next step is the connecting of SEAFRA and SAXFRA (Slovenia / Austria), whereby a large part of the space in Europe will be integrated into a large FRA area that will make the air space of six countries -Primorac emphasized.
BHANSA is the holder of these activities in BiH, but it is only one segment of what this agency is doing within its competencies. Only in the first half of this year there were several important goals. Namely, BHANSA started providing services from the operating unit ATCU II Banja Luka, the BHANSA certification process has been completed, and for this agency has also started the largest project of air traffic controllers education in the history of Europe.
The period behind us is very successful for BHANSA what is most important the direct benefits of all these activities have state -Bosnia and Herzegovina and society too - Primorac said.