Coming to Niš December 8
The Swiss based Darwin Airline will launch flights from Zurich and Geneva to Niš Constantine the Great Airport from December 8. Services from Zurich will operate four times per week, while flights from Geneva will run twice per week, with one of the flights operating via Zurich. These frequencies will be maintained until January 20, 2013 after which three weekly flights will be operated from Switzerland. Flight details for the Zurich - Niš flights can be found here, while details for the Geneva - Niš sector can be found here. Originally, plans were made for Montenegro Airlines to launch flights from Niš to Zurich, however, the carrier did not receive fifth freedom rights from Swiss authorities. Earlier in the year the low cost SkyWork Airlines said it was interested in launching services between Geneva and Niš.
Flights between the Swiss cities and Niš are on the pricy side. Passengers will have to fork out some 325 euros for a return ticket, although lower fares can be found. All flights will be operated by the 58 seat Saab 2000 turboprop. Tickets are already on sale. “We saw the potential in Niš and Southern Serbia. Some 250.000 people gravitate towards Niš which was reason enough for this market to be of interest to us”, Christian Schneider, Darwin Airline’s Chief Commercial Officer said at a press conference yesterday.
Darwin Airline will be Niš’s second customer this winter season and will join Montenegro Airlines which will operate five weekly flights to and from Podgorica. Mistral Air will launch flights from Trieste to the Serbian city next summer season. In the first nine months of the year Niš Constantine the Great Airport handled 20.935 passengers, an increase of 16% compared to the same period last year. In September, the airport welcomed 2.559 passengers, up 18% on 2011.