Lufthansa's subsidiary, Eurowings, is considering launching flights between Stuttgart and Mostar following talks with the local authorities earlier this week. The low cost carrier would run the service twice per week and is shortly to submit a business proposal to Mostar Airport on establishing the route. Eurowings' Manager for Route Development & Airport Relations, Ivan Oreč, discussed the new service with city and county officials, as well as representatives from the Bosnia and Herzegovina Directorate of Civil Aviation and local tour operators. Mostar Airport, which has no scheduled year-round flights, has identified Germany as its main market due to its sizable Bosnian diaspora. During talks between the two sides, the Premier of the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton said the route would be subsidised.
Eurowings will expand its operations in the former Yugoslavia this summer, with its focus being primarily on the Croatian market. The carrier will commence seasonal flights from Munich to Dubrovnik, Pula and Zadar, from Dusseldorf to Tivat and Pula, from Salzburg to Dubrovnik and Split, as well as from Vienna to Zadar and from Stuttgart to Osijek. The flurry of new routes have been made possible by the lease of Air Berlin jets, which the Lufthansa subsidiary says it has secured at "competitive" rates. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, Eurowings operates to Sarajevo, where it maintains flights from both Cologne and Stuttgart.
Local authorities in Mostar are looking to reverse the airport's declining passenger numbers by securing a well established carrier to maintain flights throughout the year. Talks with Wizz Air are also set to commence soon. The two sides previously negotiated in 2013 when the budget airline expressed interest in launching services from Dortmund and Malmo to Mostar but in the end opted for Tuzla instead. In 2013, the Federal government of Bosnia and Herzegovina designated both Mostar and Tuzla airports as the country’s low cost hubs, lifting a mandatory ten euro federal tax for each departing passenger for the two. Last month, Mostar Airport's General Manager, Marin Raspudić, said talks with Turkish Airlines had entered their final phase, noting that flights from Istanbul would likely commence this summer season.