Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Mostar’s year to remember

Bosnian airports report 2012 results

Mostar Airport handled 78.055 passengers in 2012, making it one of its busiest years on record. The airport expects to break its all time Yugoslav era record of 86.000 passengers this year. Compared to 2011, Mostar Airport saw its numbers surge by 112%. 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 and has twenty employees. Furthermore, during 2012, the airport set an all time 24 hour passenger record, handling 2.404 travellers on June 29. Mostar estimates it will welcome 110.000 passengers during 2013.

Late last year talks were held with Wizz Air over the potential launch of flights to Mostar from Malmo and Dortmund during the coming summer. “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”, the Federation Minister for Transport and Communication, Enver Bijedić, recently said. In 2012 the Bosnian government cut the mandatory ten euro airport tax at Mostar and Tuzla, which was seen as an obstacle for low cost airlines. 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.

Unlike Mostar, other international airports in Bosnia and Herzegovina did not have as much success last year. Sarajevo Airport welcomed 580.058 passengers, down 3.3% on 2011. After a drama filled year, Banja Luka Airport managed to handle 6.424 passengers, a decrease of 23.2% on the year before. Tuzla Airport was the least busiest with 4.191 passengers welcomed, a slump of 7.4% on 2011.

17 comments:

  1. 20 staff at OMO seems reasonable for the level of traffic. Remind me how many does BNX employ?

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  2. That's right, remind us also how many people are employed at Trebinje airport !!!

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  3. More than 20 for sure. What about INI?

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  4. Why is still not possible to book any international flight on Pegasus from Belgrade at their website?

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  5. Interesting developments in Ukraine:

    "Aerosvit B738 UR-AAN (38119) was ferried from Kiev to Istanbul/Sabiha Gokcen on 10/1 for transfer to Ukraine International as UR-PSE & returned to Kiev on 11/1. UR-AAO (38120) will also transfer to Ukraine International as UR-PSF. All the B763s are to be returned to the lessor & will be replaced by five former Air India B772s, which will join Ukraine International from March onwards."

    http://www.flightglobal.com/airspace/blogs/john_dyer/default.aspx

    Could the route re-shuffle include the reopening of BEG-KBP with Ukraine International Airlines, now Aerosvit "going under"?

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    1. I can't believe AI finally managed to get rid of those 77L, the price must have been quite cheap i suspect.

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  6. what's happened to the darwin airlines flights to Nis? Can't seem to search flights.

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    1. Darwin operates only til January 20 to Nis. Feral Travel, the organiser of those flights, said that there are no flights planned for the spring. In April, they will decide about summer flights from ZRH+GVA to INI.

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    2. And Montenegro Airlines seems to continue the flights to INI (via TGD) after March. They will probably announce the new flight schedule in the beginning of February.

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  7. BEG has just announced TK's Belgrade-Istanbul double daily, starting from MAY19th.

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    1. Is that like something new?

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  8. BEG C platform extension plans:

    http://www.beg.aero/upload/images/vesti/Platforma_C_cirilica.pdf

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  9. correction to text: Tuzla airport was the least *busy, not "bustiest".

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  10. Yesterday I read an interesting piece on the BBC News website essentially excluding all non-third runway Heathrow extension plans for London. There's also a previous BBC News report on the size of London's airports and the number of staff that they employ (see:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-19570653). Looking at it, one can deduce that while Heathrow employs a member of staff for every 915 passengers, Gatwick, Stansted and Birmingham employ approximately one member of staff for every 1,500 passengers.

    Mostar seems to employ a member of staff for every over 3,900 passengers. Considering that a certain number of employees must be hired even if there are only 500 pax/year (think of guardians for the terminal building, for instance), I think this shows Mostar Airport in a really good light.

    I hope and wish that Mostar Airport breaks it's all time passenger record in 2013!

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  11. Jat ukida linije iz Beograda za Brisel i Geteborg!

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    1. Geteborg je sezonska linija koja se obavlja leti i u decembru i januaru.

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