When you look at the current set of airports, three of them seem to have a clear function:
- Sarajevo: the country's main airport
- Mostar: caters for Medjugorje
- Tuzla: low-cost
When we look at Serbia, the country has got one major airport (Belgrade), and a smaller one (Nis). Is there so much more demand from B&H? Apparently not, since Banja Luka fails to attract many passengers. And for the future, it isn't looking any better. Is it just a prestige project?
Furthermore, Zagreb Airport is reachable in about 2 hours from Banja Luka.
In a lot of other countries, for example the Netherlands, there has been a concentration of flight around one major airport. In this instance, Amsterdam. It wasn't until a few years ago that smaller airports, like Eindhoven and Rotterdam really started to become a success. The country has got a similar size as B&H. However, there is of course one big difference: accessibility. This is way worse in B&H than in the Netherlands.
Still, I dare to wonder if 4 airports in such a small country, of only 4 million inhabitants, are worth the costs.
What are your thoughts on this? Should Banja Luka be closed down?