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Zračna luka Mostar Aerodrom

Zračna luka Mostar je otvorena za civilni zračni promet 1965. godine, isključivo za domaće letove.

Godine 1984, Zračna luka Mostar je proglašena alternativnom zračnom lukom za Međunarodnu Zračnu luku Sarajevo tijekom Olimpijskih Igara time stječući status međunarodne zračne luke.

Kasnije se ovaj novi status pozitivno primjenio na rastući interes domaćih i međunarodnih prijevoznika za Zračnom lukom Mostar, uzimajući u obzir činjenicu da je selo Međugorje svjetski poznato svetište, smješteno samo 20 km zapadno od Mostara, a zračni put sigurno najbrzi i najucinkovitiji način dolaska.
Rekordni broj od 86.000 putnika u predratnom razdoblju je bio 1990 godine. Bilo je opravdano očekivati da će 1991 godina donijeti povećani broj od 100.000 putnika, no nažalost počeli su oružani sukobi i s tim je prekinut i civilni zračni promet s zadnjim letom izvršenim u studenom 1991.

Zračna luka Mostar je ponovno otvorena za zračni promet 07 srpnja 1998. godine. Spaljena i devastirana zgrada terminala s kompletnom infrastrukturom je u potpunosti renovirana financiranjem Europske zajednice.
Postoji značajan interes charter prijevoznika prema Zračnoj luci Mostar, sa svojom geografskom lokacijom, kao prednošću, susjednog svetišta Međugorje.

Zračna luka Mostar je na prelazu u novi razvojni period, označenim ulaganjima Europske zajednice u modernizaciju njenih objekata i nabavke opreme za prihvat zrakoplova i putnika.

Sa sigurnošću možemo reći kako će Zračna luka Mostar, dosegnivši visoke standarde opremljenosti i stručne osposobljenosti njenog osoblja, ući u novo tisućljeće i igrati važan gospodarski subjekat cijele regije.
Značajan porast putničkog prometa u Zračnoj Luci Mostar imamo zahvaliti upravo činjenici da je mostarska zračna luka smještena samo nekih 20 kilometara od Međugorja a zračni put sigurno najbrzi i najučinkovitiji način dolaska.
Danas je za očekivati porast zainteresiranosti turističkih operatera i avio-prijevoznika za organiziranje čarter letova za Zračnu Luku Mostar.

Dobra opremljenost i stručno osoblje Zračne luke Mostar se brine da u svakom trenutku promet zrakoplova, putnika, prtljage i robe bude siguran, na najvišem nivou i prema standardima ICAO-a.
Zračna luka je sposobna i opremljena prihvatiti sve zrakoplove do kategorije “C” uključivo (najveća take-off težina do 200 tona).

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Mostarskom aerodromu potreban strateški partner za opstanak

Mostarski aerodrom ove godine ostvaruje rekordne rezultate u poslovanju. Značajno povećanje broja putnika, otvaranje novih linija s europskim gradovima i intenziviranje suradnje s BH Airlinesom obećava da će iduće godine kroz ovu zračnu luku proći …

… oko 100.000 putnika. I dok ova Zračna luka proživljava svoju renesansu, novi problemi se naziru. Naime, razvoj ove luke, koji se mora dogoditi u roku od dvije godine, gradske vlasti Mostara ne mogu financijski pratiti. Potrebne su investicije od nekoliko desetaka milijuna maraka, što domaće vlasti svakako ne mogu osigurati. Zbog toga već nekoliko mjeseci direktor Zračne luke Mostar Marin Raspudić upozorava gradske vlasti na nužnost pronalaska strateškog partnera za mostarsku Zračnu luku. Ipak, još nikakav odgovor nije stigao,prenosi Večernji list

Povećanje prometa

Iduće godine očekuje se veliko povećanje prometa, ali Grad Mostar se mora odrediti prema Zračnoj luci Mostar. Bez ulaganja, bez strateškog partnera i važnih odluka mostarska Zračna luka neće dalje napredovati, a pokazali smo da imamo potencijal. Ono što Mostar može ponuditi na tržištu jest zračna luka i sama činjenica da u samo jednom danu imamo više od 500 putnika govori da se razvijamo i napredujemo – rekao je Raspudić. Za dvije godine Zračna luka Mostar mora proći proceduru licenciranja od međunarodnih komisija. Ako ne bude zadovoljavala postavljenje uvjete, prijeti opasnost da će biti zatvorena.

Promjena zakona

– Hrvatska je brzo promijenila svoje zakone kako bi mogli osigurati normalne uvjete za rad svojih zračnih luka i mi moramo učiniti nešto slično kako bismo mogli raditi i u budućnosti. Mi možemo doći do brojke od 100.000 putnika, ali kada dođe međunarodna komisija i kada budemo morali presvući pistu, širiti platformu, kupiti nove strojeve, Grad to neće moći i Zračna luka će biti zatvorena. Pozivam sve da se na vrijeme reagira i upozori na ovaj problem – istaknuo je Raspudić.

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Mostar povezan sa Evropom! Na mostarski aerodrom slijeće prvi avion iz Pescare

Prvi od devet dogovorenih čarter letova B&H Airlines između Mostara i talijanskog grada Pescare obavit ce se 17. rujna u organizaciji talijanskog tour operatora “Ceranno tours” i “Fortuna travel” iz Mostara, te uz podršku gradonačelnika Mostara Ljube Bešlića i talijanske regije Abruzzo.

Slijetanje prvog zrakoplova iz Pescare ocekuje se u subotu 17. rujna u 17,30 sati.

Uskoro bi mogli započeti pregovori oko nastavka ovih letova i u zimskom razdoblju, tako da bi građani Hercegovine bili povezani dva puta tjedno s ovim gradom s druge strane obale Jadranskog mora., priopćeno je iz B&H Airlinesa.

Ideja za otvaranje linije prema Pescari nastala je neposredno prije otvaranja prošlogodišnjeg  Sajma gospodarstva u Mostaru gdje je Italija bila zemlja partner i kada je održan prvi susret predstavnika  gradova, zračnih luka i tour operatora, kao i predstavnika B&H Airlinesa.

Ideja vodilja ovog projekta je bila prvenstveno jačanje gospodarstvenih veza ova dva grada kao i jačanje vjerskog turizma iza kojeg stoji ogroman potencijal sirom Italije.

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Turkish Airlines demantovao navode o povlačenju iz BH Airlinesa

Turska nacionalna aviokompanija Turkish Airlines (THY) demantovala je u utorak navode u vezi s povlačenjem iz partnerstva sa BH Airlinesom.
Čelnici Turkish Airlinesa, u pismenom odgovoru agenciji Anadolija, naglasili su kako ne postoji odluka Upravnog odbora u smjeru raskida partnerstva s BH Airlinesom.

Čelnici turske kompanije poručili su kako Upravni odbor nije donio odluku o prekidu saradnje s bosanskohercegovačkim partnerom, s kojim je partnerski odnos sklopljen 2008., kada je Turkish Airlines kupio 49 posto kapitala BH Airlinesa.

“Ne postoji takva odluka Upravnog odbora Turkish Airlinesa”, stoji u pisanom odgovoru na upit novinske agencije Anadolija o navodima o povlačenju te kompanije iz Bosne i Hercegovine.

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Fresh Suspensions from B&H Airlines – Airbosnia

B&H Airlines has temporarily suspended services to Zurich, Copenhagen and Banja Luka, leaving the carrier with a single daily service to Istanbul. Services to Zurich, via Banja Luka, will resume on April 24, while flights to the Danish capital return to the airline’s network on May 2. The suspensions highlight continuing problems the carrier is having with its part owner Turkish Airlines, which has taken back its Airbus A319 from the B&H fleet, unhappy with the government’s attitude towards its national carrier.

B&H currently has one ATR72 in its fleet. The other is formally still undergoing maintenance. However, there is hope that the aircraft will return soon. According to the official schedule the carrier will increase services to Istanbul to double daily from April 25, operate five weekly flights to Zurich and three weekly services to Copenhagen. The current scheduling would require a second aircraft.

Airlines operating to and from Sarajevo have profited from B&H’s woes and Malev’s demise. With inflated prices, Austrian is now operating two daily flights to the Bosnian capital, with much success. Jat Airways will be doubling capacity during the peak summer months as the Serbian carrier will operate flights with its Boeing B737-300 instead of the ATR72.There is still no word from Niki which is conducting a feasibility study into launching flights to Sarajevo.

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United in AIR “again”

Airlines in the former Yugoslavia have begun to react after the Association of European Airlines announced that the only solution for the aviation industry in the region is the formation of a single national carrier for the EX-YU countries. The news was followed by Adria Airways’ statement that it would take a leading role in the creation of the new airline if its privatisation process, which will take place this year, fails. Jat Airways has said it has learnt about the initiative via the media while B&H Airlines stated that it still hasn’t been contacted on the matter. Croatia Airlines claims that any such idea is unrealistic and unacceptable, although notes that a united front in the marketing division is possible only if the Croatian carrier takes a leading role.

However, the idea of a more united approach in the region was first suggested by Jat Airways in 2010 when it proposed an EX-YU alliance. The alliance was to function so airlines of the former Yugoslavia had lower handling fees at each other’s airports, would code share on each other’s flights and have an integrated booking system. Montenegro Airlines and Skywings International from Macedonia (which has since gone bankrupt) both agreed to the alliance, while Adria showed interest, although said it would have to take control over the alliance if it were to join. Croatia Airlines rejected its invitation. In the end the alliance never saw the light of day.

Today, the airlines of the former Yugoslavia handle some five million passengers annually, which is just a fraction above what JAT Yugoslav Airlines handled back in 1987. The central problem for all of the national carriers is that they are losing money at an alarming rate and all rely on government subsidies – some more, some less. With the exception of Croatia Airlines, all of the EX-YU carriers have at least one code share agreement with another airline in the former Yugoslavia. On the other hand, Croatia Airlines and Adria enjoy a common business plan model agreement. The two airlines agreed to strengthen ties and cooperate on jet leasing as a means of improving efficiency and streamlining fleet utilisation. The Association of European Airlines concludes, “The once single Yugoslav market is now fragmented and a regional solution is necessary. The region needs an airline that would cover local needs and connect with global hubs”.

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Austrian Airlines flights to Banja Luka maybe in 2013

Austrian Airlines could begin flights from Vienna to Banja Luka, after the head of the airport, Davorin Mišić, said he put in a request for negotiations with the carrier to begin this summer. Talks are likely to be held in either May or June. During the late 1990s Austrian operated scheduled flights to Banja Luka. “It is very important that we have at least a daily flight to one big city, operated by an established airline, to either Vienna or Belgrade”, Mihić says, adding that Austrian could begin flights to the city either during the 2012/2013 winter season or the 2013 summer season. Jat Airways was offered to operate subsidised flights to Vienna via Banja Luka, however, due to its fleet being fully utilised over the summer, the Serbian carrier rejected the offer.

Nevertheless, Banja Luka Airport’s management has made a last ditch attempt to lure Jat. It has proposed for the airline to make a stop in Banja Luka on its services to Pula and Split, which are set to launch this summer. The Serbian carrier discontinued services to Banja Luka several years ago due to extremely poor loads. Similarly, Adria Airways operated flights to Banja Luka in 2010 and 2011. After the airport could no longer afford to subsidise the flights, which saw only a handful of passengers, Adria suspended its service from Ljubljana.

Meanwhile, a private Montenegrin airline has expressed interest to begin charter flights to Banja Luka from Podgorica and Tivat this summer. While the airline in question hasn’t been officially named, sources suggest it is the Podgorica based Di Air. Flights would be operated with the 19 seat L-410 Turbolet aircraft. Banja Luka Airport has been struggling to attract passengers lately. B&H Airlines’ woes with Turkish Airlines, which has led to constant flight cancellations over the past two months, have had an impact on Banja Luka Airport whose only customer is the Bosnian national carrier with flights to Zurich.

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Turkish Airlines may exit from B&H Airlines – Airbosnia

Local media have tipped that Turkish Airlines, which owns a 49% stake in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s national carrier B&H Airlines, could soon relinquish its shares. The Turkish carrier accuses the Bosnian government and its lack of cooperation for the current state the airline is in. “The partnership started off well. We wanted to export our know-how to the airline. However, the CEO of B&H had to wait three months to get an appointment at the Ministry of Transport. Our ideas were not met with understanding and the ministry did nothing to secure licenses to other countries. This caught us by surprise”, Hamdi Topcu, the Chairman of the Executive Committee of Turkish Airlines told the “Oslobodjenje” daily.

B&H Airlines is today operating with one ATR72 since another has been undergoing maintenance for over a month. Turkish Airlines’ Airbus A319, which operated for B&H has returned to its owner’s fleet and will not be returning to Sarajevo. The airline has been forced to cancel numerous destinations and many are beginning to avoid the national carrier due to uncertainty. In 2010, B&H Airlines recorded a loss of 10.230.000 euros. The airline is yet to publish its 2011 financial report although the Ministry of Transport warns that substantial losses were also recorded last year. “Bosnia does not care for B&H Airlines. This was a big disappointment for us. The main reason for the current state of the airline is a complete lack of interest and understanding”, Topcu concludes.

Enver Bijedić from the Ministry of Transport says Bosnia needs a national carrier. “It is our aim to survive with these two aircraft. We have to keep the airline and keep flying until there are better conditions on the market”. Earlier in the month the ministry accused Turkish for not adhering to its purchasing contract. B&H Airlines was set up on the back of the bankrupt former national carrier Air Bosna. The Bosnian government subsidises its national carrier with 3.4 million euros on an annual basis. B&H carried 129.435 passengers in 2011, a decrease of 6.7% compared to the year before.

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BH Airlines

Tomorrow, the 2012 Northern Hemisphere summer season begins. Following on from last week, when changes and additions were published for Croatia Airlines and Jat Airways, this week amendments for Adria Airways, B&H Airlines and Montenegro Airlines can be viewed.

Adria Airways’ summer season sees a big reduction in operations compared to last year. Flights to Paris, Warsaw, Toulon and Banja Luka were all suspended last year. Seasonal flights to Athens, Dublin, Kiev and Stockholm won’t be resuming this summer. The airline will reduce frequencies on regional flights with services to Priština, Tirana and Skopje taking a hit. On the other hand, the Slovenian carrier will launch new flights to London Luton Airport, increase frequencies to Copenhagen and operate numerous charters.

B&H Airlines will operate flights only to Istanbul, Copenhagen and Zurich via Banja Luka. The airline currently has a single ATR72 in operation. However, if its Turkish part owner manages to make amends with the Bosnian government other aircraft could be returned to the B&H fleet which would lead to some destinations being resumed.

Finally, Montenegro Airlines will reduce frequencies to several destinations. The most notable is a reduction of nine weekly flights from Podgorica to Zurich. The airline will also halve the number of flights to Moscow. However, the Montenegrin carrier will introduce a new service from Tivat to London Gatwick and will strengthen frequencies to Paris.

By clicking on the links below, you can view the 2012 summer season changes in more detail.

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Sarajevo Low Cost Flights…starting

Sarajevo could soon see low cost flights from London, Rome and Dusseldorf as the Bosnian government relaxes its conditions towards no frills airlines. The government currently requires low cost airlines to pay a levy of ten euros per passenger in order to operate flights to the country. Until recently, the levy amounted to fifteen euros but the state government gave up on its share of the takings while the Federation government is expected to follow suit. According to the Al Jazeera Balkans network, interest has been shown for flights to commence from London, Rome, Dusseldorf and a city in Sweden to Sarajevo this summer. Recently, the low cost Austrian airline Niki, owned by Air Berlin, said it was evaluating the Bosnian market.

New airlines would be more than welcomed by airports in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In February, the country’s busiest airport, Sarajevo, suffered a 21% passenger decrease by handling only 26.278 passengers. During the month the airport was affected by bad weather but also B&H Airlines’ route suspensions. However, the full brunt of the carrier’s woes is to be felt at the airport in March. Currently, B&H operates a single daily flight to Istanbul with an ATR72. During February, Banja Luka Airport welcomed 424 passengers and Mostar 318. Tuzla did not manage to attract any passengers last month.

Sarajevo Airport is served by two low cost airlines – Germanwings and Norwegian Air Shuttle. Norwegian operates flights on a seasonal basis and will be resuming services from Oslo and Stockholm to the Bosnian capital this summer. On top of its all year round service from Cologne, Germanwings will resume seasonal flights from Stuttgart to Sarajevo this summer as well.

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