Sunday, May 25, 2014

Wizz Air maintains strong EX-YU presence

Wizz Air operating flights from four EX-YU cities this winter

Wizz Air will maintain a strong presence throughout the former Yugoslavia during the 2014/15 winter season, which begins on October 26. The low cost airline recently revealed its schedule and put tickets on sale until late March 2015. From Skopje, its busiest base in the former Yugoslavia, Wizz Air will maintain a similar schedule to that of this summer. The airline will operate two weekly flights to Charleroi, Cologne, Bergamo, Hahn, Beauvais and Treviso, as was the case this summer season. Instead of the current three weekly services to Gothenburg and Dortmund, the airline will maintain two weekly flights over the winter. Eindhoven will be boosted from two to three flights per week while Basel and London Luton will see a reduction of one weekly flight. Services to Memmingen will be operated three times per week. During the New Year and Christmas holidays, Wizz Air will run additional services to select cities. The airline’s upcoming winter schedule from the Macedonian capital sees a significant increase in operations compared to last winter.

Despite suspending flights from Belgrade to Charleroi earlier this month and reducing frequencies on several other destinations, the low cost airline will maintain all of its services from its Belgrade base this winter. Furthermore, Wizz Air will continue operating flights to Larnaca in Cyprus, which were launched at the start of the summer season and were originally planned as a seasonal service. Flights to London Luton, Dortmund, Basel, Memmingen, Stockholm and Eindhoven will run twice per week, while services to Beauvais, Malmo and Gothenburg will be maintained with three weekly flights.

This summer will also see the launch of new flights from Dortmund and Eindhoven to Tuzla, both of which will be maintained during the winter. The airline will operate two weekly flights from Basel and Eindhoven, same as this summer, while services from Dortmund and Gothenburg will be reduced from three to two flights per week. Malmo will continue to run with three weekly flights. Finally, the no frills airline will maintain its services from Charleroi and London Luton to Ljubljana, which will operate two and three times per week respectively. Wizz Air is in talks with Ljubljana Airport to launch new routes to the Slovenian capital at the end of the year, primarily from Scandinavia.

31 comments:

  1. OT: today at 00.15 landed brand new CRJ900LR (S5-AAV) for Adria Airways. They flow from YMX via KEF to LJU.

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    1. I hope that we in Serbia will have the same feeling soon enough when it comes to brand new aircraft. Congrats to Adria!
      Све најбоље!

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    2. also Air Serbia will some day add brend new a/c in his fleet.
      Br from Slovenia

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    3. Correction: Landing was exactly at 23:45 yesterday. I was there:
      http://youtu.be/-nWjBt2xLl8
      S5-AAV is still on the same place as ater landing last night, all white.

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  2. OT, but: What is going on with TK and their license from the Serbian CAD to operate flights to BEG, which is valid until the 27th of this month- has it been renewed permanently or for just another two months?

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  3. Just to remind some Wizz fans here:
    Last year W6 had summer flights to CFU. Many people flew it as the link allowed only some 50 eur per person more expensive vacation to Corfu than by bus. Why dont they offer it this year also, and some other summer destinations in Greece and Turkey? And why dont they try to run lines to Prague, Thessaloniki, Nice or Barcelona? Their business model is to completely rely on diaspora lines, thus they have this much destinations in Scandinavia, that Serbian tourists would never visit (due to high prices of everything up there). That model is wrong and thats why they lost ground in BEG, while serious LCCs like easyJet and Pegasus do very well

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    1. I would add Moscow to that list. That would be a blast.

      They are undecisive, like they were in Barcelona case, when people were simply begging them for that line until Vueling made the step.a

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    2. What happened to Wizz Air's claim that flying to BEG was "unprofitable", thus "forcing" them to cancel some flying ? Seems to me that the real reason is that Air Serbia is kicking their arse on those routes that they cancelled. Either flying to BEG is profitable or it isn't - it can't be both. The fact that they are continuing to fly to BEG shoots down in flames their earlier claims ...

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    3. That obviously was a PR spin off by Wizz Air in order to justify their failure on certain routes out of Belgrade. Agreement that they had with Belgrade Airport gave them serious subsidies, and they have (Wizz) said they will develop their route network out of the city. Of course, they failed to do so and they were no longer subject to any subsidy provided by the Airport management itself.

      That was something they seriously disliked + the serious growth and rapid success Air Serbia had took serious amount of passengers away from them. PR spin off they made, blaming Airport to actually tries to remove all forms of competition due to Air Serbia organic growth was rather lame and without any real evidence. They had no strategy, relied seriously on O&D passengers and basically copied entire JU route network (most profitable one of course). Now, they found themselves in a different story and they also have a competition from other LCC carriers namely Pegasus, Norwegian and easyJet all taking away their passengers and having no issues with BEG taxes etc.

      It is said for a very long time that Wizz Air is rather special story: they give no reports on their financial performance, their customer relations department is mediocre etc etc.

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    4. Surprising is not they made their PR spin you so well described, but how many people bought it.

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    5. True that Aэrologic. People use Air Serbia as a bashing bag for direct, indirect or any other attack on Serbian PM (which I have nothing nice to say about). However, loads and loads of comments here, on news portals, other forums all showed how short sighted people actually are and how clueless they are about aviation in general.

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    6. Wow. A month passes and you return to your senseless Wizz Air bashing regardless of clear facts.

      No wonder you're stuck with Air Serbia, you don't really deserve anything better.

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  4. Last year's financial performance is out already for the upcoming IPO (Google is your friend). 89 million EUR net profit made, something Air Serbia (busy with kicking Wizz Air's arse, haha) is only dreaming about.

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    1. Hahaha @ 3.18pm ... Wizz may well have reported a profit, but they didn't inherit a EUR73m loss when they started, unlike Air Serbia did .. so let's see what their results show after 12mths when they turn in their results ...

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    2. Air Serbia did not inherit any loss in start. That was tranfer to Republic of Serbia debts. Alost some of future costs was put to that debt.

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    3. IPO is a major risk milestone in a growth of a company. No manager can be 100% sure if their business has a good long term outlook. Current growth doesnt mean that there will be a rush for these shares. They can get a hard crash and wait for someone to take em over via stock exchange (at best). Wizz is facine competition from many sides, not only ryanair and easyJet, but also regional LCCs like Romanian blue Air, turkish Pegasus, and more and more often ticket promotions from legacy carriers (not only JU of course). W6 will also have to finance their fleet orders, thats probably why do they try with IPO, to get quick cash injection. All in all the entire move is very risky...

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  5. JU will never make a profit

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    1. Says who and why ?

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    2. Says troll, because trolls have no obligation to explain why.

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    3. I think he/she are perfectly entitled to their opinion. But, if you are going to make such a statement without any rationale or reason to explain or support it, then that's not a troll, it's just a plain old fuckwit ...

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    4. JU is proped up by EY and neither airline makes a profit. JU has pitiful LF around 60% and low fares. Smell the roses ad go work it out

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    5. Looks like you failed to do your homework. For starters, EY is making a profit. When they started, EY had even lower LF, and look at their LF now (your next homework). FR has even lower fares. Expansion, not high LF, was part of the plan for 2014. Profitability for planned for next years. Looks like you have no idea what are you taking about.

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  6. The good old days of cheap Wizz Air flights are gone. I was a big fan when they started the flights to BEG. Im even the club member, what ever that means. Now days they charge for hand luggage in low season EUR 10 per flight and high season EUR 20. Adding another EUR 20 or 40 EUR per flight on your ticket price. There is no other low-cost airline charging for hand luggage. Same thing with the big luggage, high season, low season price. You need just EUR 100 for your retune flight for luggage and where is the price of your ticket!?!? What is cheap about that? Last winter one of my last flights with them, grand total for the ticket was EUR 189,- without priority boding or extra leg room space. During the boarding we where standing in poring rain on the airfield for 30 min till the aircraft was clean and ready for boarding. Great way to travel for more than 2 hours completely dragged by the rain. Not really great way of traveling for that price. Hungarian Malev disappeared from the face of the earth and Wizz Air management is trying to earn as much as possible. Air Serbia is national airliner and there are doing a great job. Hope that the rest of the passages realize that.

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  7. Dear admin, I just checked and Eindhoven will be a 3 times per week service on tuesdays, thursdays and saturdays. Regards.

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  8. Alitalia again sends A321 to Belgrade:

    http://www.beg.aero/путници/летови/одласци.336.html

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    1. In another interesting development, PC sent its A320 for the first time to BEG today.

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    2. ^ second time I believe.
      BTW can somebody please tell how Beirut sales are going? I checked some dates during July and August and it seems that on some days there are no empty seats in the economy class.

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    3. The sales are going well, other things not so well.

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    4. ^ sorry what do you mean by other things

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  9. I believe that JU will have profit through this.

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