Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Wizz Air kicks off EX-YU expansion

Wizz Air makes first appearance in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The low cost airline Wizz Air will today begin its expansion within the former Yugoslavia by launching flights to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Services from Malmo to Tuzla will be inaugurated this evening. Originally, flights were to begin this Friday, however, strong booking numbers and demand led the airline to bring the service forward by several days. The no frills carrier is set to bring new life into Tuzla Airport, which handled only one passenger in the first four months of the year. In addition, the airline will launch flights from Basel and Gothenburg to Tuzla in June. It estimates it will carry some 30.000 passengers in its first year of operations to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

This Friday, Wizz Air will also begin its expansion from Belgrade as it bases a second aircraft in the Serbian capital. The airline will launch flights to Oslo Torp on May 31. On Saturday services to Paris Beauvais will be inaugurated, while seasonal flights to the Greek islands of Rhodes and Corfu begin next month. Compared to the summer of 2012, Wizz Air will boost its flight offer from Belgrade by 58%, with 41 weekly departures from the city.

Finally, the low cost airline will stretch its wings from Skopje as well. On Friday the airline will launch flights from the Macedonian capital to Gothenburg. Earlier this month Wizz Air inaugurated flights from Skopje to Stockholm. Compared to last summer, Wizz Air has increased its operations in the Macedonian capital by 350%, offering 27 weekly departures.

Within the former Yugoslavia Wizz Air is not present only in Montenegro and Pristina. The airline has hinted it is considering expanding its flight offer from Ljubljana, where it currently operates flights to London and Charleroi. Furthermore, it is still keen on establishing services to both Sarajevo and Banja Luka.

38 comments:

  1. I don't understand why they are avoiding Zagreb so much! It's not like we have enough low cost flights... is there a chance we might see them expand in Croatia any time soon?

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    1. Most probably because Zagreb will not cancel or reduce the airport tax for them otherwise they would be there for sure.

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  2. we want wizzair in montenegro too

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  3. Good to hear the bookings are going great on Tuzla - Malmo route! Good luck WIZZ and Tuzla, hope to see Wizz soon in Sarajevo too! :)

    Love to Tuzla from Sarajevo

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  4. Finally some good news about BiH airports. This is a great move. I am sure Tuzla will see significant rise in passengers. Lets hope they get some kind of agreement with other airports in BiH , BNX, OMO & SJJ, also Wizzair would be great in Nis, maybe Basel or Dortmund with the BEG based plane. I am surprised Wizzair hasn't considered Ohrid seasonaly and maybe Maribor..... I would ask the same question, why Wizzair is avoid ZAG? Anonymous 09:02 AM is right, is not like ZAG is cluttered with LCC. a the end of the day it doesn't have to be London, but maybe Scandinavia or other destinations. Well done Tuzla.

    Little bit of criticism, is there anyone in the Balkans to consult some people who actually KNOW English, before they set the names of these airports, is is not literally translated, if it is Aerodrom Banja Luka or Aerodrom Tuzla then in English is Banja Luka Airport / Tuzla Airport

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    1. Very good point! The same mistake was made when they put up sign at the new airport in Kraljevo and I did point it out to one of the people in charge but guess what, it's still written "AIRPORT MORAVA".

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    2. Professional translatorMay 29, 2013 at 11:09 PM

      You're just completely stupid by writing "Petrović" as "Petrovic" in English, instead of Petrovich. Plain Yugo-stupidity, or Serbian one actually since they started using latin letters. Banja Luka in English is Banya Louka you idiots...

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    3. Eh, nothing’s wrong with Latin letters. Simpler and shorter than the others.
      In addition, we are not NES, and we all make a lot of mistakes all the time concerning both lexis and grammar.

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  5. I wish they did some flights from niš

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    1. Trieste Niš you have already.
      How is the load factor?

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    2. Those flights are frequently cancelled due to poor load factors.

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    3. Hello, Anonymous May 29, 2013 at 5:58 PM,
      are you all right?

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  6. Yesterday, 28th May, there were 2 WZZ a/c parked in BEG, 1 for Memmingem and the other for Eindhoven. I thought they had already based both a/c in BEG.

    btw, for those interested, flight JU354 for TXL diverted back to BEG yesterday due to a technical fault with the a/c. Didnt get the registration.

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    1. It landed at 8.55, but already at 9.40 there was another flight to TXL. Is it possible that they had spare aircraft and that they moved all the passangers and luggage during such short time. Or they solved the technical problem such so fast... Wahtever, amazing that there was no major delay.

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    2. Dunno if there was, doubt it, or what was the reason for the return, forgot to ask.

      btw YU-AON is parked outside, missing its engines, another B733 is in the hangar, and another is also parked outside missing a cargo door, nose, and several other parts.

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  7. SJJ doesn't want them there. OMO doesn't need them much.Tuzla's gonna have a surge. Banjaluka, will set Sky Srpska up again. During next few months, the weather in B&H will be partly sunny, partly cloudy.




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  8. What does't wizz fly to OMO? Fuel too expensive there?

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  9. It's high time for Wizz Air to initiate Beograd-Tivat flights. I'm sick and tired of paying 100 euros for a 30 minute flight. To add insult to injury, JAT frequently drops off passengers in Podgorica instead of Tivat, and then they're on their own to get to Tivat. Disgraceful.

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    1. I think that this is a too short of a distance for any LCC to consider.

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    2. 100 Euros OW or RN?
      Out of 100 Euros, how much of it is airport taxes and fees (not fuel surcharge and other airline charges)?

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  10. I'm curios who might be the only customer that went through Tuzla in Q1. Any idea? Must be business aviation or air-taxi passenger.

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    1. QuestionOfTheDayMay 29, 2013 at 6:23 PM

      Ohrid is a city in south-western Macedonia, south-east Europe.

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    2. I heard something from a guy who works at Ohrid Airport that allegedly soon the first destination will be introduced starting from this fall. Apparently it's Treviso

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    3. I hope you don't take airport musings as serious. In any case, it's not happening this year, and Treviso is by far the last one in the picking order.

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  12. From winter alitalia twice daily with embraer 17o to Beg

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  13. ^Thats wonderful ! The Embraerjet 170 is the most beautiful and comfortable small aircraft that exists.

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  14. Does anyone know what was the LF on TZL-MMX-TZL first flights?

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  15. Just a side note regarding Wizz Air,

    According to its wikipedia page, 'the airlines is significantly loss making with speculation it may soon file for bankruptcy.'

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wizz_Air#Financial_performance

    It has this past year seen increase significantly in passengers and improved load factor, probably directly related to Malev's demise so it will probably be around for the nearer future at least.

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    1. @Q400
      That "may soon" news headline dates back to 2009. How relevant that is to today I leave it to you to judge.

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    2. The airline is significantly profitable with speculation it may soon become public.

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  16. 149 passengers were on the first Tuzla - Malmo flight yesterday, excellent :)

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    1. Brilliant! That is amazing, well dona Tuzla! I am so pleased even though I am not from Tuzla, but this is such a good news and positive move.

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    2. Congratulations!
      Everything's easy if things are in place.

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  17. http://tuzlalive.ba/na-pistu-tuzlanskog-aerodroma-sletio-avion-iz-svedske-14515/

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