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“The Greek government and I personally are very interested in the revival of air transport between Greece and Bosnia and Herzegovina and also in establishing an air route possibly between Sarajevo/Banja Luka and Athens/Thessaloniki”, said the Greek ambassador Mr. Carolos Gadis during his official visit to the Bosnia and Herzegovina Directorate of Civil Aviation (BHDCA) where he met with the BHDCA Director General Mr. Djordje Ratkovica.

Ambassador Gadis has emphasized the friendship between Greece and Bosnia and Herzegovina and the great support Greece has given to Bosnia and Herzegovina in its path towards the European Union, and he believes that establishing an air route between these two countries would further improve and expedite their bilateral relations.

“It will be necessary in the forthcoming period to find a model acceptable to the respective airlines and tour operators, and convince them that there are passengers who are interested in these routes already, and their numbers are going to rise, in both directions, depending on the seasons”, ambassador Gadis said and expressed hope that such an air route will be established as soon as spring next year.

The BHDCA Director General Mr. Djordje Ratkovica has expressed his pleasure for the visit and also welcomed Mr. Gadis’ idea, and he indicated that the BHDCA would do everything within its powers to effectuate this idea as there is a great number of tourists from Bosnia and Herzegovina who spend their summer vacations in Greece and would be interested in such an air route.

“Having signed the ECAA Agreement, Bosnia and Herzegovina has committed to opening its market for airlines coming from the European Union, thus paving the ground for new air routes to be introduced in the BIH market”, Mr. Ratkovica said.

Lastly, Mr. Ratkovica highlighted the very good cooperation the BHDCA has with the Greek Aviation Authorities and with the Greek representatives to EUROCONTROL who were involved in the implementation of the BHATM Project.