Mostar Airport loses only scheduled service


Low cost carrier Eurowings has cancelled plans to restore operations between Dusseldorf and Mostar in June after 27 months, resulting in the loss of the airport’s only scheduled service. Eurowings has discontinued ticket sales between the two cities. Services were to resume on June 30 and run twice per week until the end of August. The low cost airline had previously maintained subsidised seasonal operations from both Stuttgart and Dusseldorf to Mostar, however, both were unsuccessful, with the airport blaming high fares for their failure. Mostar last saw scheduled commercial flights in March 2020, when Croatia Airlines maintained operations to Zagreb, which also failed to generate sufficient demand and have been terminated since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mostar Airport has struggled to attract customers over the past years and has been severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Its main source of traffic - European charters serving religious pilgrims - were all but wiped out. However, since last September, the airport has seen the gradual resumption of charter traffic. Next month, LOT Polish Airlines will begin regular charter flights from Katowice to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s fifth largest city. Furthermore, in late July, Electra Airways will commence charter services from Catania to Mostar, while Croatia Airlines will begin running charters from Palermo. For the most part, charter operations will be maintained until early September.

In 2020 the airport handled just 1.374 passengers, while in 2021 figures barely improved with a total of 1.942 travellers passing through its doors. Despite the disappointing results, Mostar Airport anticipates a revival this year. During the first quarter it welcomed 66 passengers. The airport’s busiest year so far was in 2013 when it registered 75.244 travellers through its doors. In recent months, local authorities have held talks with Wizz Air and are hopeful the low cost carrier will commence operations to the city. The government of the Herzegovina - Neretva Canton in Bosnia and Herzegovina has expressed its willingness to provide financial assistance to airlines serving Mostar.



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  1. Anonymous09:02

    Eurowings is the most unreliable partner ever. They have cancelled so many ex-Yu flights.

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    1. Anonymous09:04

      Khm khm, not as much as Ryanair did in ZAG :)

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    2. Nemjee09:04

      Well, they did report a €160 million loss in Q1 2022.
      I am sure they need to start trimming their network and to look for a greater source of revenue.

      Lufthansa Group lose close to €1 billion in the first three months of the year.

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    3. Nemjee09:04

      *lost

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    4. Anonymous20:49

      Pitty, the sea is close, and so is the Medjugorje scam

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  2. Anonymous09:02

    This was never going to work on an A320.

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    1. Anonymous10:18

      It was supposed be an A319.

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    2. Anonymous11:10

      Regardless it was a significant increase in capacity from the Dash 8 and the the Dash 8 barely had any passengers either.

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  3. Anonymous09:03

    Mostar Airport just can't catch a break.

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    1. Eurowings is expensive, almost like LH. Mostar needs Ryan or Wizz

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  4. Anonymous09:17

    Useless airline with no self identity, brand or strategy. I can't believe they are part of Lufthansa. Especially with their newest "Discover" strange brand. They have cancelled so many flights everywhere just like Romania's Blueair.

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  5. Anonymous09:31

    Nothing in OMO seems to stick.

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  6. Anonymous09:51

    The most unrealible airline.

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  7. Anonymous09:52

    Too many airports in short proximity. They cannibalize each other.

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    1. Anonymous09:58

      Are you saying Mostar will cannibalize Dubrovnik? LOL

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    2. If Mostar will not, Trebinje will! Double LOL ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ!!

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    3. Anonymous01:31

      Sooooo many flights waiting to go to Trebinje…

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  8. Anonymous09:52

    Wizz Air/Ryanair are much better than Eurowings in generating demand

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    1. Anonymous09:57

      Considering Tuzla rejected Ryanair to protect Wizz (and got nothing in return), I hope Ryan will consider flights to Mostar at least.

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    2. Anonymous10:00

      Unfortunately because of their experience with Tuzla, I think Ryanair will steer clear of BiH for some time. They already said they won't consider Tuzla for 3 years.

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    3. Anonymous10:06

      Sad

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    4. Anonymous10:06

      OMO needs to negotiate with RYR or WZZ to open Rome,Milano,Warsaw,Malmo and Cologne as soon as possible

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  9. Anonymous10:01

    Their numbers this year are atrocious too.

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    1. Anonymous15:54

      Until they are freed of political interreference and incompetency these results will continue.

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    2. ZIVIJO ADEZE!!! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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    3. 100% ๐Ÿคฃ

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  10. Anonymous10:01

    EWG is very expensive LCC.

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  11. Anonymous10:07

    EW only came to Mostar in the first because their main route manager is from Mostar and they manage to persuade the local government to give them money..

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    1. Anonymous15:18

      But even during their first year of flights (are should I say only year), they downgraded the routes from year round to seasonal, downgraded the aircraft type and reduced frequnecies.

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  12. Anonymous10:09

    I think Mostar Airport is now under pressure since all other commercial airports in Bosnia and Herzegovina are functional and have regular flights. They need to do something.

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    1. Anonymous11:09

      They are not really showing to be under pressure as they have had no flights for 3 years now

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    2. And workers don't do anything. They are politicaly employed.

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    3. Anonymous20:20

      That is not true that they don't do anything. They collect their paychecks.

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  13. Anonymous10:10

    They should approach Air Serbia for some ATR flights to Belgrade.

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    1. Anonymous15:55

      If Zagreb didn't work from Mostar, I don't see Belgrade working either.

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    2. Anonymous16:10

      Much more transfer options with Air Serbia.

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    3. JATBEGMEL17:44

      JU's ATR's are unfortunately busy on routes that should be on A319's such as PRG, BLQ, VCE, SKG. Midday BEG-OMO would be perfect.

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  14. Anonymous10:49

    One of the worst managed airports and hostage of politics.

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    1. Anonymous11:08

      +1

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    2. ZIVIJO ADEZE!!! I u Beia i u Rvackon!!! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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    3. That is true. HDZ party totally destroy it. With their partners from SDA.

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  15. Anonymous10:50

    How much money has been spent on this airport in the last 10 or 20 years and still disastrous results. Time to draw the line.

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    1. Anonymous15:12

      I can only imagine their financial results.

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    2. Definitely. Government need to privatize this airport.

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  16. Anonymous10:50

    If Wizz starts flights to Mostar they will rule the BiH market.

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    1. Anonymous11:10

      They already do.

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    2. It would be great if Ryan come. Because of competition.

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  17. Anonymous11:10

    Don't know why it would worked now if they didn't have success previously.

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  18. Anonymous11:33

    Just because a small town has an airport does not mean anyone wants to fly there.

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  19. The management is to blame. They need to offer airlines incentives like INI.

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    1. Anonymous15:12

      OMO can't offer anything because they have no money. Only Neretva canton government can.

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    2. Anonymous20:51

      Cant the con artists from Medjugorje chip in?

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  20. Anonymous15:11

    They wont be missed.

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    1. Anonymous15:17

      Why? They were the only scheduled airline flying to Mostar!?!?

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  21. Anonymous15:27

    HDZ management reaching new heights...

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  22. Anonymous15:54

    Still don't understand Croatia Airlines couldn't make Zagreb-Mostar work on the Dash 8 by offering good connections via Zagreb to the rest of Europe.

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    1. Maybe to read few of my posts? Croatia Airlines' primary function is not to be an airline, it's mission is uhljebljivanje, money laundring and fat benefits, material and non material for few selected. Sad but true.

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    2. Anonymous19:54

      croatia airlines used to run these services. I think they should reinstate them asap before LOT or AirSerbia jump in. After all, Mostar is in the croatian speaking part of Bosnia so it would make sense for them to make these flights

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    3. OU is just LH feeder. Nothing else

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    4. Anonymous20:23

      Croatia Airlines could make ZAG-OMO work, but it would require someone to put in effort to plan it properly.

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