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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

✈Mostar International Airport company profile and presentation!


There are many reasons for flying to the City of Mostar and its region, primarily the variety of tourist offers and the economy development. The City of Mostar is one of the largest urban tourist destinations in Bosnia and Herzegovina and a university city. The Marian shrine of Međugorje, visited by millions of tourists from around the world, it’s in the immediate vicinity of Mostar, only 30 km away. The second reason for arriving to Mostar by plane is economic. Mostar, as well as the area of central Herzegovina, has significant resources needed for economic development. The third reason is in the fact that, especially in the summer months, nearby airports in Croatia (Split is 168 km away, Dubrovnik 146 km) have problems with available capacities. Mostar Airport could be a quality alternative to such airlines given that it is not "slot" coordinated, offering airport services at competitive prices, which is particularly suitable for low-cost airlines.

About Mostar International Airport

Mostar Airport was opened for civilian air traffic in 1965, being primarily used for domestic flights. In 1984 Mostar Airport was declared an alternative for the Sarajevo International Airport during the 1984 Winter Olympic Games, thus acquiring the status of an international airport. Thanks to its geographic location and proximity of the Marian shrine of Međugorje, there is a considerable interest in operating many charter flights to Mostar Airport. Mostar Airport is currently at the beginning of a new development period characterized by significant investment of the European Union in the modernization of its facilities and purchase of equipment for handling aircraft and passengers. Having reached high standards of airport facilities and staff qualification, it is safe to say that Mostar Airport will be a significant economic entity for the development of the entire Herzegovina region.
An adequate infrastructure and professional staff of Mostar Airport make sure that the traffic of aircraft, passengers, baggage and cargo is secure, at the highest level and according to ICAO standards at all the times. The airport is equipped to handle all aircraft including up to ICAO "C" category.

Technical specification of Mostar International Airport

·       IATA Identification Code: OMO
·       ICAO Identification Code: LQMO
·       Airport Reference Code: 4D
·       Rescue and Fire-Fighting Category: VII
·       Approved Traffic Type: IFR / VFR
·       Runway Designator: 16-34
·       Runway Dimensions: 2.400 x 49 meters
·       Runway Strength (PCN): 44/R/B/W/U/ASPH
·       Runway Equipment: CAT I / PAPI on runway threshold 34

·       Number of taxiways: 6 (“A” to “F”) - One taxiway parallel to Runway and five connecting taxiways
·       Taxiway Width: from 12,2 to 18 meters
·       Taxiway Strength (PCN): 44/R/B/W/U

Apron 1
·       Length: 100 meters; Width: 60 meters
·       Apron Strength (PCN): 44/R/B/W/U
·       Apron Surface: Asphalt
·       Number of parking positions: 2 (for aircraft reference type A320)
Apron 2
·       Length: 216 meters; Width: 71 meters
·       Apron Strength (PCN): 44/R/B/W/U
·       Apron Surface: Asphalt
·       Number of parking positions: 4/5 (for aircraft with main gear width up to 6 meters)

Airport Infrastructure and Ground Handling Equipment

Mostar Airport Traffic Statistic

Mostar Airport General Information

Geographical position of the Mostar Airport and its catchment area

Map of existing destinations and potential development routes

Development of routes and potential destinations

The specificity of the region and the City of Mostar - tourist offer

The specificity of the region and the City of Mostar - business offer

The specificity of the region and the City of Mostar– accommodation capacities

Mostar Airport Contact Information

Source: Mostar Airport and Flying Bosnian

✈Flydubai to launch Sarajevo-Podgorica flights!

Dubai-based airline flydubai has announced the start of flights to Montenegro’s capital Podgorica, which will begin on 01 November. With two flights a week, the flights include a stopover in Sarajevo, a popular destination on the flydubai network. Podgorica joins the airlines network in Central and Eastern Europe, which includes Belgrade, Bratislava, Bucharest, Prague, Skopje, Sarajevo and Sofia. flydubai will become the only UAE-based carrier to offer direct air links to Podgorica.

“With the launch of this new route, flydubai will become the first airline to offer regular services between Podgorica and Sarajevo,” said Jeyhun Efendi, Senior Vice President Commercial (UAE, EU, ME, CIS) at flydubai. “We look forward to the new opportunities that this will provide along with the flows of trade and tourism that these flights can offer.”

Sarajevo-Podgorica flight schedule

Source: Flydubai

Monday, September 25, 2017

✈Sarajevo Airport to purchase two apron buses

Sarajevo International Airport has open tender procedure for purchase of two new airport apron buses. The airport has allocated 1,5 million Bosnian Marks (766.000 Euros) for the purchase. Purchase will be financed from Sarajevo Airport own funds. Tender is open until 02.11.2018. For more info on tender procedure and contact information click on the photos bellow or follow the link to Sarajevo Airport purchasing department.

 International tender procedure 

  International tender procedure

Back in 2010. Sarajevo Airport purchased two new apron buses from COBUS, a reputable German manufacturer. COBUS is the world leading producer of the buses especially designed for ground handling of passengers at the airports.
 COBUS buss 

 COBUS buss 

Source: Sarajevo International Airport

✈Tuzla Airport signed contract to build new terminal!

Today (25.09.2017.), Tuzla Airport has signed a contract to start the construction of multi million-euro terminal building. New terminal building will stretch over an area of 4.915 square meters, up from the current 2.971 square meters.

When completed, the capacity of new terminal will enable airport to handle 800 passengers per hour, which is double the existing amount. The expansion project is valued at 3.3 million euros and its expected to be completed by March of 2018.

Tuzla Airport will finish this year with record number of 500.000 passengers. 

Source: Flying Bosnian

✈Sarajevo Airport-important announcement!

Dear Passengers,

Please be informed that in the period from September 29 till October 31, 2017 works will be in progress on extension of the baggage conveyor belt system and check-in counters. In order to avoid possible delays and traffic jams, we kindly ask Flydubai and Wataniya Airways passengers to appear at check-in counter 3 (three) hours before scheduled flight time. Passengers of other airlines should appear 2 (two) hours before scheduled flight time.

Thank you for your understanding.

Sarajevo International Airport

Sunday, September 24, 2017

✈Bosnia and Herzegovina is popular travel destination from the USA

Map by New York Times

The New York Times article of most traveled destinations abroad by each state in the Union.Bosnia and Herzegovina came as number one destination traveled from following states: Iowa, Kentucky and Missouri.

Substantial number of people traveled to Bosnia and Herzegovina from following states: Arizona (second place), Vermont (second place), Idaho (third place),  North Dakota (fourth place) and New Hampshire (fifth place).

Bosnians make up the largest Eastern European group in Missouri. The Bosnian population is so prominent that St. Louis has a neighborhood called Little Bosnia. Immigration from Bosnia swelled during the early 1990's as refugees fled the war there.
The peak season for Bosnians traveling to their country of origin is July, which coincides with the anniversary of the Bosnian genocide of 1995 when over eight thousand Bosniaks were killed by the Serb Army (Vojska Republike Srpske ) and paramilitary units from Serbia.

“We have people who will go there to bury the remains of their loved ones, or to visit the graves of the massacre,” said Akif Cogo, president of the local nonprofit St. Louis Bosnians. The anniversary probably explains the high rankings of people traveling to Bosnia and Herzegovina in neighboring states Iowa and Kentucky.

✈Austrian Airlines Vienna-Sarajevo winter flight reduction

In winter timetable, Austrian Airlines flights from Vienna to Sarajevo will see additional reduction. Compared to last year’s winter schedule when Austrian Airlines operated 12 weekly flights between two cities, this year schedule will see reductions from 4 to 2 additional weekly flights. Reduction in number of operated flights is due to increased capacity. In winter season Austrian Airlines used to operate Sarajevo flights with a mix of Fokker 70/100 aircraft. As of November, Austrian Airlines is retiring its Fokker fleet (Austrian Airlines sold its Fokker fleet to Australian Alliance Airlines for $15 million US). All previous flights operated with Fokker aircraft will be replaced with larger Embraer 195 aircraft. Austrian Airlines Embraer 195 aircraft has capacity to accommodate 120 passengers while Fokker 70 capacity was 70 seats and Fokker 100 capacity was 100 seats. Month of February will see biggest reduction in flights when weekly number of flights will fall to only eight flights.

Austrian Airlines Vienna-Sarajevo Winter timetable
Number of weekly flights
Embraer 195
Embraer 195
Embraer 195

Source: Flying Bosnian

Saturday, September 23, 2017

✈Turkish Airlines is increasing flights to Sarajevo

In winter timetable, Turkish Airlines is adding one more weekly flight between Istanbul Ataturk Airport and Sarajevo. During winter timetable Turkish Airlines will operate a total of 11  weekly round-trip flights between two cities, representing an increase of one weekly flight compared to the winter schedule of last year. Additional flight will be operated on Saturdays with Airbus 319 aircraft (smallest aircraft in Turkish Airlines fleet). Additional flight is a response to increased competition on Istanbul-Sarajevo sector. In June of this year Atlas Global introduced four weekly flights Istanbul-Sarajevo, competing directly with Turkish Airlines and indirectly with Pegasus Airlines flying to Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport on the Asian side of the city. Next year, Atlas Global will most likely increase Istanbul-Sarajevo flights to daily.
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Sarajevo flight schedule

In upcoming winter schedule Sarajevo will be connected with Istanbul with 21 weekly flights:
  • Turkish Airlines 11 weekly flights
  • Pegasus Airlines 6 weekly flights
  • Atlas Global 4 weekly flights 

Source: Flying Bosnian

✈Eurowings to increase Stuttgart-Sarajevo flights!

In summer schedule of 2018. Eurowings will start second weekly Stuttgart-Sarajevo flight at the beginning of summer schedule on March 27 instead of peak summer months as was the case in the past. Eurowings will operate Stuttgart- Sarajevo flights twice weekly on Tuesdays and Saturdays from March 27. to October 27. 2018. Eurowings second destinations from Sarajevo, Cologne will be served with three weekly flights, increasing to four weekly flights from July 20 to August 24. Eurowings will offer many destinations from Sarajevo across Europe on a single ticket  with one stop in one of its hub airports (Stuttgart or Cologne). The airline provides very fast and smooth connections at both airports with checked luggage going to the final destination.  

Map of Eurowings destinations from Sarajevo with one stop in Cologne or Stuttgart



Stuttgart-Sarajevo-Stuttgart airfare price calendar 

Source: Flying Bosnian

Thursday, September 21, 2017

✈Tuzla Airport Winter schedule 2017/18

Map of destinations from Tuzla (Map by Great Circle Mapper)

During winter timetable Tuzla International Airport will see increase in air traffic compared to the last winter season, but less flights will be offered compared to the summer schedule. Wizz Air in winter season is adjusting service at the airport, as selected routes are being converted to seasonal service (summer-only), while selected routes see frequency adjustments. Thirteen destinations in five European countries will be served from Tuzla during winter season. Bratislava, London and Nuremberg will be operated during summer months, resuming last week of March 2018. 

 Flights by destinations

 Available flights

 Available seats

 Flights by country 

Source: Flying Bosnian

Monday, September 18, 2017

✈Traffic data at Bosnian airports for July and August 2017.

Bosnia and Herzegovina Directorate of Civil Aviation (BHDCA) has published air traffic data for Bosnian airports for July and August.

Source: BHDCA

Sunday, September 17, 2017

✈Sarajevo Airport Winter schedule 2017/18

 Destinations in Europe
Destinations in Arabian Peninsula 

The 2017/18 winter timetable enters into force on Sunday, October 29th. Until March 24th of 2018. passengers will be able to fly to 14 destinations in 11 countries in Europe and Gulf region. The airlines will offer a total of 83 weekly departures, compared to the winter of last year number of weekly departures have increased by 14 flights.

New airlines and destinations in upcoming winter timetable:
  • Atlas Global-Istanbul (IST), 4 weekly flights
  • Wataniya Airways-Kuwait City (KWI), 2 weekly flights
  • Wizz Air-Budapest (BUD), 2 weekly flights
  • Qatar Airways-Doha, 4 weekly flights

Following Airlines will increase weekly frequencies:
  • Adria Airways-Ljubljana (LJU) from 6 to 7
  • Eurowings- Cologne (CGN) from 2 to 3
Winter timetable analysis
Number of flights

Available seats

Flights by destinations

Source: Flying Bosnian

Thursday, September 14, 2017

✈EUROCONTROL congratulates the Directorate of Civil Aviation of Bosnia and Herzegovina on reaching its twentieth anniversary!

Banja Luka, Bosnia & Herzegovina – On 12 September Frank Brenner, Director General EUROCONTROL, joined distinguished guests from European ATM to celebrate 20 years of the Directorate of Civil Aviation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BHDCA).
Mr. Brenner noted that in that time, Bosnia and Herzegovina had joined EUROCONTROL to become its 32nd member in 2004, playing a key role in European ATM within an Organisation that now counts on 41 Member States as well as two Comprehensive Agreement States in the shape of Israel and Morocco. 
Looking back on a highly successful partnership, Mr. Brenner congratulated BDHCA for its tireless work in developing a regulatory and safety framework, and for its achievement in creating FABCE, a functional airspace block aimed at jointly improving performance, which has seen the successful introduction of Free Route Airspace above flight level 310.
There are over 300,000 flights a year in the skies of Bosnia and Herzegovina”, noted Mr. Brenner, “and that figure is set to increase to close to 400,000 over the next seven years.  The south-east axis is vitally important to the European network, and it is essential that each country provides the capacity required for the region as a whole. EUROCONTROL and Bosnia Herzegovina are partners in this with very real success. We at EUROCONTROL, are proud to have supported Bosnia & Herzegovina in implementing European Single Sky Regulations that separate oversight of the DGCA with operations in the newly founded BHANSA. The staff of EUROCONTROL Directorate Pan-European Single Sky and the Network Manager provide support on a wide range of areas, from training to detailed planning for the implementation of the new ATM arrangements for the country.  It’s an effective and productive partnership, as demonstrated by the fact that 48 airspace design improvement packages were implemented between 2009 and 2017.” 
Mr. Đorđe Ratkovica, BHDCA Director General, said: “BHDCA would not have been able to realise such a complex project, implemented in the whole territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina, without the enormous assistance we received from the international aviation institutions: ICAO, EUROCONTROL, CEATS Strategy Planning and Development Unit and their experts and also from the EU delegation to BiH and the EBRD Office in BiH. Therefore, our heartfelt thanks go to all of them as well as to each individual participant in the implementation of the BHATM project.
The ceremony was opened by His Excellency Dr. Branko Dokić, special representative of Dr Mladen Ivanić, Member of the BH Presidency and former BH minister of communication and transport, with key speeches delivered by His Excellency Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, President of the ICAO Council; Mr. Frank Brenner, Director General EUROCONTROL, Mr. Salvatore Sciacchitano, ECAC Executive Secretary; and Mr. Victor Aguado, former EUROCONTROL Director General.
For further information, please contact:
Lucia Pasquini,

Corporate Communications

Tel: +32 2 729 3420