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New Route of the Day (15 April 2024): Air Serbia between Belgrade and Mostar

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Air Serbia inaugurated seasonal flights between its hub in Belgrade and Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina on Monday 15 April. The 260-kilometre route will be maintained 3-weekly, on Mondays, Fridays, and Sundays, with a wet-leased 108-seat Embraer E190 aircraft from Bulgaria Air, although the inaugural service was performed with the airline’s own A319 jet. It faces no competition between the two cities and marks the resumption of flights between the once domestic service after 33 years.

Utilising the same flight number after more than three decades, JU634 departs Belgrade at 13:35 local time, arriving in Mostar at 14:25. The return service, operating as flight JU635, takes off from the city in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s south at 15:10 local time, touching back down in the Serbian capital at 16:00.

What they said

Jiri Marek, CEO of Air Serbia, said: “Air Serbia strives to be a link connecting the Western Balkans and is succeeding thanks to good communication with partners in the region. The air connection established today between Belgrade and Mostar is the result of excellent cooperation and strong support provided by Mostar Airport. We believe the nonstop service will contribute to stronger and more efficient networking of countries in the region, as well as greater opportunities for travel to Western and Northern Europe. We expect great interest from passengers, especially those who want to travel between Mostar and Europe or North America, via Belgrade, the main hub of the national airline of the Republic of Serbia.”

Flights resume after 33 years

Belgrade and Mostar were both once part of what was known as Yugoslavia before it disintegrated in a civil a war in the early 1990s. Air Serbia’s predecessor, JAT Yugoslav Airlines, operated its last flight between the two cities on 23 November 1991. Back then, services were maintained 8-weekly.

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Air Serbia commenced operations to Mostar following Mostar Airport’s drive to improve its connectivity by providing airlines with subsidies. The Serbian carrier now maintains year-round operations to Sarajevo and Banja Luka in Bosnia and Herzegovina, alongside seasonal flights to Mostar, which becomes its third destination in the country.

Mostar Airport attracts new carriers with subsidies

Mostar, as one of four commercial airports in Bosnia and Herzegovina, has struggled to attract airlines and passengers alike, handling just over 20,000 travellers last year. The airport is served by Croatia Airlines from Zagreb, alongside the new Air Serbia flights. They will be joined by skyalps in May, which will start services from Rome FCO, Bari, Verona, and Munich. All three carriers are recipients of subsidies for the upkeep of their Mostar flights.

Although a popular tourist destination due to its famous Old Bridge, Mostar is most well known by religious pilgrims, visiting the nearby Medjugorje sight. It became known across Europe in 1981 when six children claimed the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus, had appeared. It has since turned into Europe’s third most important apparition site, where each year more than one million people visit.

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