Banjaluka, September 25 – Republika Srpska and St. Petersburg can improve their relations in the coming period thanks to a relatively large market of this Russian city, and introduction of regular flights between Banjaluka and St. Petersburg is also being considered, it was said at a meeting between a Russian business delegation and the management of Banjaluka Airport. Airport director Miroslav Janjic said that issues that were discussed today are expected to materialise in the next few months.
“I am convinced that thanks to the good intentions and potentials of Republika Srpska and a large market of St. Petersburg we will establish relations which we will be able to improve,” Janjic said.
He added that in addition to Etihad Airways, talks are underway with other airlines from the Arab states on widening the cooperation.
The director-general of KomGruz Company of St. Petersburg, Anton Krivosheyev, said that St. Petersburg has the second largest airline in Russia and that introduction of regular flights between Banjaluka and this city is being considered.
“We promised to Airport’s director-general that we will direct all our forces to organise a meeting between the airport director, the minister of transport and communications and representatives of our airline in December,” Krivosheyev has said.
The dean of the Doboj Faculty of Traffic Engineering, Perica Gojkovic, said that this Faculty is interested in cooperation with Banjaluka Airport and universities in St. Petersburg, and that the Faculty accepted their invitation to take part in a scientific conference in December.
“Their knowledge in the field of traffic engineering will be of great benefit for us and projects in connection with the development of Banjaluka Airport,” Gojkovic said.
The meeting between representatives of the Russian business delegation and the management of Banjaluka Airport was also attended by the Republika Srpska Minister of Transport and Communications, Nedjo Trninic.