Pilgrims bring record month to airport
Almost 12,000 landing passengers made June the best month ever for Mostar International Airport, and the first six months of 2012 have seen almost as many passengers as in all of 2011. Planes with pilgrims to Medjugorje 20 miles away fuel the revival of the once struggling airport.
June became the busiest month in the history of Mostar International Airport, bringing 11,922 passengers to the airport close to Medjugorje, the Bosnian online paper Otvoreno reports.
The largest number of passengers in a single day arrived on June 29 when 2,404 were coming in. The largest number of airplanes in one day was 14, on June 22, aviation engineer Marko Djuzel informs.
In the first six months of 2012, the airport had almost as many passengers as last year when 36,807 travelers passed through:
“Mostar Airport is recording one of its best years on record. In the first half of 2012, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s second busiest airport welcomed 32.402 passengers through its doors, almost the same amount it handled for the whole of 2011″ balkans.com informs.
“Several weeks ago the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina abolished the compulsory passenger tax at Mostar Airport. Local authorities believe the move will stimulate interest from low cost airlines, which will see it as an alternative to the pricy Sarajevo” the news portal adds.
Otvoreno expects the total passenger number for 2012 to go above 65,000. This would bring Mostar International Airport back to the level of activity it saw before the Bosnian civil war in 1992-95.
The airport was struggling for survival only two years ago when no planes had been landing for more than a year.