Croatia Airlines is working with Mostar Airport on further developing traffic from the city with the introduction of new scheduled routes in 2024 and 2025 following the launch of its service from Zagreb. Speaking for a “Blejsak.info” podcast, the General Manager of Mostar Airport, Marko Djuzel, said, “Croatia Airlines’ new service from Zagreb is a year-round route. The aim is for these flights to continue on a three weekly basis next year as well. Furthermore, in 2024, it is planned for Croatia Airlines to introduce services to Rome. Afterwards, we will draft a four-year plan with the carrier which would see them add a third destination in 2025 and then we would gradually increase the number of routes by one each year”.
Croatia Airlines has been increasingly focusing on the introduction of subsidised services from secondary airports since Ryanair opened a base at its main hub in Zagreb in 2021. Over the past two years, Croatia Airlines has launched W route pattern services from Osijek to Munich, which are subsidised by local authorities. and recently added flights between Brač and the Bavarian capital, which are also supported by local stakeholders. The Croatian carrier is seeking a three-year agreement with Mostar Airport, similar to the one in Osijek. It comes as Croatia Airlines prepares to start taking delivery of new Airbus A220 aircraft next year with plans to expand its overall route network.
Commenting on Croatia Airlines’ existing Zagreb service, which is subsidised by local authorities in Mostar, Mr Djuzel said, “Considering that ticket sales for the new route started some fifteen days before its launch, the average cabin load factor between the two cities is around 35%. Our aim is for that number to grow to 40% during the first year of operations. Therefore, we are very pleased with its performance”. The Croatian airline maintains the service with its Dash 8 turboprop aircraft, which have the capacity to seat 76 passengers. Mr Djuzel added the airport is working on attracting a low cost carrier to commence operations in 2024, while it is also in contact with Eurowings over the potential resumption of flights from Stuttgart and Dusseldorf which were maintained until the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.