Friday, July 6, 2012

Mostar Airport smashing records

Busy times ahead
Mostar Airport is recording one of its best years on record. In the first half of 2012, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s second busiest airport welcomed 32.402 passengers through its doors, almost the same amount it handled for the whole of 2011. The growth is being driven by numerous charters operating to the city, carrying Christian pilgrims visiting the Medjugorje site. It is important to note that the airport does not have any scheduled flights. In June alone, Mostar handled 11.922 passengers.

Several weeks ago the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina abolished the compulsory passenger tax at Mostar Airport. Local authorities believe the move will stimulate interest from low cost airlines, which will see it as an alternative to the pricy Sarajevo. In recent times, the only scheduled airlines to have shown interest in flying to and from Mostar were B&H Airlines from Sarajevo and Air Vallée from Pescara. However, late last year B&H Airlines requested an exemption from fees at Mostar Airport during its first year of operations and asked for the flights to be partially subsidised by the Mostar city authorities. The deal never went through.

In a statement to EX-YU aviation news, the Federal Civil Aviation Directorate of Bosnia and Herzegovina said that Mostar is recording outstanding figures despite having only twenty full time employees. It also noted that the airport set a daily record on June 29 by handling 2.404 passengers. Mostar Airport was opened for domestic flights in 1965 with links to Belgrade and Zagreb. International flights from the airport were launched in 1984, in time for the Winter Olympic Games in Sarajevo. Last year, Mostar was Bosnia’s second busiest airport behind Sarajevo, handling a total of 36.807 passengers.

7 comments:

  1. What kind of aircraft and airlines fly these charter flights?

    ReplyDelete
  2. Replies
    1. Yeah but I meant also who operates these flights.

      Also, Messi will be visiting Medjugorje so maybe it helps promote the place!

      Delete
    2. In order of PAX numbers (2012): 1. Mistral AIr 2. New Livingston 3. Meridiana Fly, 4.Air Italy 5. Neos 6. Air Explore 7.Darwin 8.B&H AIrlines 9. Adria Airways 10. Sky Bridge ...and new start up company: WikiFly

      Delete
  3. Is it possible to buy tickets for these charter flights online? Or do I have to go to a travel agent?

    ReplyDelete
  4. On another matter, can anyone explain the following story as Google translate doesnt do a great job.
    http://www.pobjeda.me/2012/07/06/montenegro-airlines-zakupljuje-jeftiniji-avion/
    What do people think of MA's future?
    Cheers

    ReplyDelete
  5. Oups...

    http://www.blic.rs/Vesti/Ekonomija/331977/Montenegro-erlajns-u-minusu-17-miliona-evra

    ReplyDelete

Before posting a comment be mindful of other participants and readers. EX-YU Aviation News does not tolerate insults, excessive swearing, racist, homophobic or any other chauvinist remarks or provocative posts with the intention of creating further arguments. Such comments will be deleted as soon as possible. The opinions expressed by those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of EX-YU Aviation News. Thank you for your cooperation.