Monday, November 5, 2012

Wizz from Mostar to Malmo and Dortmund

Soon in Mostar

Wizz Air will launch flights to Mostar from Malmo and Dortmund next year, Enver Bijedić, the Bosnian Minister for Transport and Communication has confirmed. Talks with the low cost airline will be held on Friday when details regarding the new flights will be discussed. At the meeting, Wizz Air will also lay out its terms and conditions. “The future of Mostar Airport lies in religious tourism which will bring lots of passengers. In the past, pilgrims visiting the Medjugorje sight used to arrive via Dubrovnik and Split”, Mr. Bijedić explains. The low cost airline, which is quickly expanding throughout the former Yugoslavia, has also shown interest to launch flights to both Tuzla and Sarajevo as well.

Earlier this year, the Bosnian government cut the mandatory ten euro airport tax at Mostar and Tuzla, which was seen as an obstacle for low cost airlines. The tax remains in force in Sarajevo. Mr. Bijedić explains it is necessary as it is used to partially finance the Bosnian national carrier B&H Airlines. “By removing the tax we have attracted airlines to Mostar and Tuzla”, the minister explains.

Mostar Airport has enjoyed an outstanding year. It is expected to handle some 80.000 passengers by the end of the year and is closing in on its all time record of 100.000 passengers, achieved prior to the breakup of Yugoslavia. Mostar Airport opened its doors for commercial traffic in 1965. It experienced a passenger boom in 1984 when it was used as an alternative for Sarajevo during the Winter Olympic Games. Last year the airport welcomed 36.800 passengers, which was surpassed by June in 2012. Today, the airport is mostly used by Catholic pilgrims visiting the town of Medjurgorje, following reports of visions of the Virgin Mary. However, Wizz Air’s planned routes from Mostar indicate it is counting more on diaspora traffic from Sweden and Germany, rather than religious tourism.

22 comments:

  1. Overeager government to get the news in first - didn't they take note what happened to Montenegro and Ryanair?

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    1. Wizz Air is far from being Ryanair when it comes to doing business with airports. Best example is Belgrade where we can see them operate with no subsidies or special privileges.

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    2. Exactly. No terms have been agreed, yet the minister "confirms." What exactly is he confirming? It might not be his fault because he might be "confirming" that the government is talking to Wizz Air, but in this day and age that's not clever, the media reports what sells, not what you say. In any case, someone is getting ahead of themselves here and that's not good practice.

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    3. Are you sure that Belgrade airport dosn not give special discount and hidden subsudies to Wizzair?

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  2. Malmö-Banja Luka or Gothenburg-Banja Luka would be a direct hit!

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  3. thanks for sharing.

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  4. Yes. I am absolutely sure that Wizz Air has no privileges granted by BEG. They got an initial discount, but then again everyone gets that.

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  5. from airlineroutes.net :
    Croatia Airlines starting 02MAY13 will launch new service to Germany, with 1 weekly Split – Kassel-Calden operation on board Dash8-Q400 aircraft. Kassel is situated in North-western part of Germany, where its airport expansion project is expected to be completed in Spring 2013.

    Schedule:

    OU402 SPU1220 – 1445KSF DH4 4
    OU403 KSF1520 – 1740SPU DH4 4

    from Sommer 2013 new inaugurated flights will be Pula-Erfurt, Hamburg and Frankfurt/FRA, starting from MAY, too.

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    1. Wow that is one loong flight on the Dash-8!

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    2. From which sorce you got info for Pula-Erfurt, Hamburg and Frankfurt flights? Thanks!

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    3. FRA-PUY and HAM-PUY are bookable on croatia airlines website.

      to FRA -2-4--- A319
      to HAM -2----- A320
      to CDG -2----- A319

      about ERF-PUY you can read a lot of press releases in online newspapers and at the website of Airport Erfurt. Still am not sure, if the flights from ERF are just charterflights or regular flights.

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    4. Ur welcome (-;

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  6. Mostar - Roma, or Mostar - Milano (summer pilgrims flights) will be a good choice for Wizz air, and also
    Memmingen - Mostar (lot of Croatian immigrants in this german region between Stuttgart and Munchen)

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  7. Hear this, Star Alliance? Your time of brash fares are coming to an end!

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  8. "The tax remains in force in Sarajevo. Mr. Bijedić explains it is necessary as it is used to partially finance the Bosnian national carrier B&H Airlines."

    Is this guy for real? Can he really make a public statement like this and get away with it?

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  9. Winter Timetable Flights ZRH-DBV are only operating until 12NOV2012 and will restart 04FEB2013.

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  10. I hope they consider Kraljevo too! It was built and forgotten...how sad! :(

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  11. What about the anounced "meeting" tomorow taking place in belgrade between jat and airbus concerning lease of 12 aircrafts typ a320??? Does anybody has know anything about this?
    Thx and support your national airlines!!! Wizz, easy,ryan,etc...go home

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    1. They can't be serious - 12 A320s?! I hope they've discovered oil near BEG.

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