|Wizz to launch flights from Dortmund and Eindhoven to Tuzla|
Low cost airline Wizz Air will today announce plans to expand its destination network from Tuzla Airport in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The airline will break the news at a press conference scheduled for this afternoon in Sarajevo, which will also be attended by members of the Tuzla Canton government. The no frills carrier will launch flights from Dortmund in Germany (three times per week) and Eindhoven in the Netherlands (twice per week) to Tuzla from June 19 and 22 respectively. A significant Bosnian diaspora is expected to gravitate to both of these new destinations which will complement its existing services from Gothenburg, Malmo and Basel to Bosnia’s third largest city.
Wizz Air has been extremely successful in Tuzla, providing the airport, which has been mostly deserted since it opened its doors, with thousands of passengers. In the first quarter of the year, Tuzla Airport handled 22.020 passengers, a massive increase compared to the one passenger it saw during the same period in 2013. The low cost airline initially launched flights from Malmo to Tuzla on a seasonal summer basis in June last year. However, shortly after, the service was given a year long run and new flights from Basel and Stockholm were introduced as well. Services to both Eindhoven and Dortmund have been in the works since the very beginning with the airport’s CEO, Enver Januković, saying last June, “I cannot comment on their [Wizz Air’s] behalf when the services will be launched but they most certainly will”.
Recently, Wizz Air’s Chief Commercial Officer, Gyorgy Abran said, “Our presence in Tuzla demonstrates our commitment to Bosnia and Herzegovina and we hope to further develop our operations in this market”. Wizz Air has expressed interest to operate flights from other cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well. The airline has failed to reach an agreement with Banja Luka Airport over fuel prices while talks with Sarajevo Airport are ongoing. Mostar Airport has also been considered as a seasonal summer destination.