Wizz Air marks first Belgrade anniversaryThe low cost airline Wizz Air has been celebrating its first year since basing its Airbus A320 jet in Belgrade. The venture has turned out to be a successful one so far. Wizz Air is now the second busiest airline operating out of Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport behind only Jat Airways. Since launching its first flights to the Serbian capital in late 2010, the airline has handled over 340.000 passengers and operated more than 1.160 flights. Currently, from Belgrade it offers direct services to cities in Germany, Sweden, Italy, the United Kingdom, Belgium and the Netherlands. However, many expected for the pace of expansion to be somewhat swifter.
Last year, Wizz Air also launched flights to the Macedonian capital from London as well as Treviso in Italy. There were strong indications that the no frills airline was planning to open a base in Skopje as several routes were also planned to be launched. With incentives soon to kick in for low cost airlines to operate to Macedonia and with airport operator TAV in a desperate search for an airline willing to base an aircraft in Skopje, new destinations could soon be on the cards.
Wizz Air has also tried its luck in both Croatia and Slovenia. However, flights to both Zagreb and Ljubljana have failed. Still, the airline will maintain its presence in Croatia this summer with five weekly flights from London to Split on a seasonal basis. Planned summer flights to Dubrovnik have been scrapped in face of strong competition. Earlier in the month it was reported that a low cost airline is seeking to launch flights from London, Rome, Dusseldorf and a Swedish city to Sarajevo later this summer. While the airline hasn’t been named Wizz Air is being tipped as a possible candidate. So far, Wizz Air is the only low cost airline to have a base in a city in the former Yugoslavia.