Monday, September 8, 2014

Wizz Air in talks over Niš flights

Wizz Air confirms talks with Niš Airport over future flights

The Serbian government has confirmed that Wizz Air is is the mystery airline likely to launch flights to the south-east Serbian city of Niš, in a comment made to "Flightglobal". Local authorities have been negotiating with the airline for several weeks but refused to reveal further details so as not to jeopardise the negotiating process. “We are talking to Niš and other airports in the country as we are interested in growing in Serbia, but this does not mean we are growing without Belgrade - we are not interested in moving”, a Wizz Air spokesperson says. The airport’s CEO, Dragan Bugarinović, says flights from France, Germany and Scandinavia would be most profitable. In August, Wizz Air issued a statement regarding potential services to Niš, saying, “Wizz Air is continuously assessing twenty to thirty airports for development at any one time, but cannot comment on ongoing discussions. However, development in Niš would be subject to the airline’s continued presence in Belgrade”. Local authorities have ruled out any subsidies for airlines willing to launch services to the city, a practice previously used to lure the likes of WindJet and Montenegro Airlines to the airport.

Niš is pressing ahead with plans to secure low cost flights from Constantine the Great Airport next summer season, which has been deserted since commercial flights were suspended last October. The city assembly is set to adopt an air development framework this week, which will outline airline service fees and charges at the airport. It coincides with earlier plans to sign a contract with a budget carrier this month to launch flights to the city in March next year. The framework includes a thorough analysis of over twenty regional airports, among which are Tuzla, Pula, Timisoara and Arad in neighbouring Romania, in order to better position Niš Airport amongst the competition. According to Bojan Avramović, the head of the government’s Regional Development Agency, the passenger tax at Niš Airport will be set at three euros.

The installation of an Instrument Landing System (ILS), requested by several airlines as a precondition for launching flights to the city, will begin next March and will be in use by the start of the 2015/16 winter season, according to the head of the Regional Development Agency. ILS is a radio beam transmitter that provides a direction for approaching aircraft at the airport. The investment is valued at 1.5 million euros. Earlier last month, the Serbian government designated Niš as a future low cost hub. According to previous statements, a signing ceremony between the city and a budget airline will take place in September. Online ticket sales are expected to begin by November with flights to be launched in late March 2015.

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  1. I am really curious to see which one it will be- it seems like it's a done deal.

    I just hope that people are not going to start with their usual 'this will take away all the lowcost passengers from Belgrade' rhetoric.
    The two cities are 250 km apart and I am sure that if these flights ever materialize they will take passengers away from Sofia and Skopje, in addition to creating a completely new travelling public.

    Don't know if Ryanair would be interested in flying there if there are no subsidies offered? Then again, they are slowly changing their business model.

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  2. How will then low cost airlines come in march, when they won't have ILS until winter time?

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    1. You can do a visual approach during the summer but it is much more difficult during winter, if you don't know the area.

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    1. Moze se i zimi vizualno sletati. Nije dovoljno bezbedno! Svaki aerodrome koji pretenduje da bude aktiviran u medju-narodni vazdusni saobracaj, minimalno mora imati ISL +. Bez toga ne trba na njega i sa njega leteti. Nesme se leteti pomocu stapai i kanapa u Evropi, pa I bilo gde u komercijalnom vazduhoplovstvu, gde god slecu avioni veci od trideset sedista a lete u medjunarodnom saobracaju. Kako Srbija moze da bude izuzetak. Ko nema novca taj ne leti. Koji aerodrom nema ALS, minimum na njega netreba leteti. "Ne kolje se vo za 1kg mesa" Saffty first!...
      Rod. Son & Co. Kraljevo /// Sydney.

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  4. Well done INI.
    In my opinion Wizzair or Ryanair will be the best choice for them. In terms of destinations same as Tuzla- Basel/Mulhouse, Dortmund, Eindhoven, and either Göteborg-City, Malmö or Stockholm - Skavsta.
    Looking forward for details!

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    1. I think also Paris Beauvais, a good part of southeast Serbian diaspora is in France

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    2. Or maybe Bale Mulhouse

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    3. I hope they consider Frankfurt Hahn, lots of Serbs from southern cities have emigrated there.

      I also wonder if Wizz Air might consider some charter flights from Nis during the summer months.

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  5. Vreme je da se aktivira Niski aerodrome. Bezuslovna instalacija ILS-a, up dating svih ostalih comunikacija za bezbedanu operaciju aviona u sletanju, uzletanju, na zemlji. nike, avione, bezbednost.... Na osnovu mojeg iskustva, etika, odnos prema ljudima na aerodromu moze da se popravi na visi nivo.Za odnos na terminalima zemaljskog transporta juzno od Save i Dunava je Boze sacuvaj. Izuzimajuci ANT-BEG, eticki odnos osoblja prema putnicima, i putnika prema njima je "rock bottom" sto se Otadzbine Srbije tice... Uspostavljanjem avio linija sa Niskog, u doglednoj buducnostii i Kraljevackog j apsolutna primena etike personala u vazdusnom saobracaju Srbije je krucijalno zbog samog osoblja a za putnike da ne govorim. Srbija verujem da krece dobrim putem u eliminaciji aproksimacije, neodgovornosti... Fabrike mogu bankrotirati, zatvarati... Putevi, aerodrome nesmeju niposto. Zapravo oni moraju biti unapredjivani, gradjeni novi da bih se mogao povecavati broj industrijskih zona, formiranja poslovnih klastera oko aerodroma... Aerodromi i a uto putevi su alfa i omega u drzavama gde se promislja pa primenjuje... Ko u Srbiji kaze da se ovde nemoze , tome je tesna glava a puna "samo-upravljaca & Co. E sad sto bi mnoga gospoda htela da se novac iz sveta investira a da biznisom i profitom lokalne "poglavice" upravljaju, bezsmisleno je po tom pitanju slova pisati. Osnov svega jeste za sada Aerodrom Beograd, neizostavno stavljanje u saobracaj Aerodrom Nis, a sto je realno i moguce prije dogradnja i aktiviranje Kraljevackog Aerodroma Morava. U njega je ulozeno dvadesetak miliona evra. Aerodromi moraju izdrzavati sebe, placate porez drzavi placati zarade... Sve ostalo su price starih "modela" proslosti...
    Rodney Marinkovic, AME. Kraljevo /// Sydney.

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    1. WTF ???

      Rodni, ajde leba ti šta si hteo da kažeš s ovim postom?

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    2. Sa ovim tekstom sam pokusao da izrazim nadu u pocetak preobrazaja nacina vodjenja ozbiljnog zivota i biznisa u Otadzbini rodjenja, Srbiji. Sa prestankom "snalazenja"... pocinju nada u realan zivot, pod primenom zakona, dogovorenog, zakljucenog sa potpunom odgovornoscu. Do sada Srbija nije prepoznata kao takva... Ne barem od strane ozbiljnih i uspesnih drzava i ljudi... Vase pitanje koje ste uputili mene sa skracenicom "WTF" je zbog ostalih citaoca ovog bloga ekstremno u komunikaciji ljudskih bica. Vi ste bolji covek od ove Vase skracenice. Ako imate dobre volje Vas "WTF" posaljite u hell (pakao), a Vama dobre misli, svako dobro iz rodnog Kraljeva i jesenje Srbije.
      Rodney Son & Co.

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  6. easyJet ukida liniju Milano - Beograd od 27.3.2015

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    1. Ne ukida nego karte jos uvek nisu na prodaji kao i za veliki broj njihovih destinacija od letnjeg reda letenja.

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    2. Odi na wiki stranicu od beg aerodroma pa ćeš videti

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    3. Википедија није меродавна, то сви знају.

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  7. Can't wait for LYNI to become operational. By the way, I've never been to that airport. How does it look like? Is it decent?

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    1. It's ok. A bit like a bus station. Two check in desks, a restaurant and that's about it.

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    2. which is enough for the time being

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    3. The airport is only 4km from city center.
      So there is no problem.
      Terminal is good, but it need renovation.

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  8. Admin,
    ILS is still an issue.
    RVR will be instal and ready for use in winter season 2015.

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  9. Za početak bilo bi sjajno kada bi se iz ,recimo, Subotice ili Novog Sada do Niškog aerodroma čistim, brzim, tačnim i udobnim vozom stizalo za max 2-3h. Ostalo bi sve samo došlo na svoje mesto i putnici i nove kompanije i sve.

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  10. So it's Wizz Air in the end. Thanks for the update :)

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  11. OT: Belgrade airport had delays caused by baggage handling back in May. August saw 50% increase in passengers over May, so how was baggage handling improved so much since May? What made the difference?

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  12. Does anyone know if Wizz uses Cyrillic in their in-flight magazine to Serbia?

    If not, the Serbian government should definitely make it a condition for them to be allowed to fly to Nis

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    1. Wizz Air has a Cyrillic website and they even print your boarding cards in Cyrillic. That's more than our lovely supposedly patriotic national carrier does.

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    2. +1
      Embarrassing, but true. Hope to see
      Aviogenex flying from INI.

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    3. Wizz Air website being in Cyrillic only is an even bigger embarassment for Air Serbia which automatically re-directs you to the "Latin"-version.

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    4. Embarrassment is right. Obviously the arabs want to destroy Serbian culture - something they've never been able to do - because they're jealous.

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    5. You fool. It has nothing to do with Arabs but with new age Serbs who were put in place to run the new airline.

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    6. Firstly,the "new age Serbs" as you refer to them - actually, not sure who you are referring to, but anyways, were put in place to make the company profitable. So let's see how they finish the year and then judge their efforts.

      Secondly, the JU website IS in cyrillic, so stop with the misinformation. It is an option, as are 4 other language options.

      Beyond this latin vs Cyrillic script discussion that is getting rather boring, when you have the Serbian govt not enforcing this, you can hardly make the case for anyone else exclusively using Cyrillic.either .... take any highway out of BEG and you will see all signage in BOTH Cyrillic AND latin script ....

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    7. I agree with your comments ... to the rest of you, this drum beat is getting rather boring - go find something else to comment on ....

      Any company that can achieve an 82% increase in revenue and a 70% increase in passengers for the first half of the year - which excludes the peak travel periods of Jul, Aug and Sep - is clearly doing something right.

      Read the commentary from aviation experts like ATW and CAPA - no other airline has achieved these sorts of results in such a short period of time.

      All that remains to be seen, is what financials they present at year end. So I will hold judgment until then, but they seems to be doing a good job so far.

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    8. Arabs destroying this company ??? Are you serious ?? Serbs did a pretty good job of destroying this company long before Arabs came onto the scene ...

      What cave did you just crawl out of ? I suggest you go back in there and sleep for another 20 years ....

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    9. I think it's quite pointless to use the argument of a 70% passenger increase and an 82% increase in revenue when we do not know what the expenses were. That's the whole point of the story here. Anyone can achieve that by dumping fares- even Jat could have done it. The whole point is to have enough revenue to cover your expenses. We all know Air Serbia doesn't have it because if they did then we would know all about it. ;)

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    10. Great argument ... except for one small point ... why didn't JAT achieve that if it is so easy ?

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    11. Oh and one other point - nobody ever knew what JAT was doing because they never gave any quarterly updates on their performance. We only ever knew what did during the year when they reported their annual results. And everybody knows that year on year story ... so let's wait until this new mob get to the end of the year to see what financial results they achieve. Getting these updates is a HUGE improvement on what nobody ever knew or saw what they were doing previously

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    12. You idiot, learn the actual name of the company before trashing it. It's Jat, not JAT. There is a clear difference between the two.

      Jat published its annual reports as well as its passenger numbers on a monthly basis. Why isn't Air Serbia publishing its numbers like every normal company does?

      As for these revenue number, it's pure marketing and media spinning. Of course you had to publish those numbers, you gotta show to the population that you are doing something since the Etihad contract was unveiled and it wasn't that pretty.
      Saying your revenue rose to 82% means nothing until we know how much the expenses were.

      Jat Airways started dumping fares when its competition increased. They reduced their fares to Brussels (one example) from €370 to just €150 to €200. They also had passenger increases but their losses mounted due to fare dumping. Same scenario that's taking place in Air Serbia now.

      Like I said, if the airline was close to profitability, we would know it by now. Since we don't, well... you get the picture.

      p.s. Air Serbia is no better than Jat was when it comes to ripping people off in some markets. Charging €400 to Larnaca, €350 to Prague, €380 to Paris... ;)

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    13. Air Serbia rocks! Just wait for the end of year results, and cool down ;-)

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    14. Just before it was put out of its misery, it was called Jat Airways, not Jat - you idiot

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    15. To the "idiot" above ... you contradicted yourself ... First you say that they achieved their results by dumping fares and then in the paragraph below, you state that they increased their fares to crazy levels .... Gee, you are one confused soul ...

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  13. Wizz Air will secure its presence in BEG by accepting INI flights to be covered from BEG by flying BEG-XXX-INI-XXX-BEG. 2nd aircraft back to BEG with guaranteed conditions. Mr. Kondic should learn from one of the fmr. LH executives sentence: "You don't fight budget airlines, you learn how to live with them…"

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    1. That would be very negative for Nis Airport and their passangers.

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    2. Why? Any flight that Nis gets is epic!

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    3. BEG and INI have catchment areas large enough for W6 to fly to the same airports (in this case DTM, BVA, MMX and maybe FMM and CRL)

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    4. LH is not fighting budget airlines, they learned how to live with them?!? WTF?!? Not true, LH is fighting other budget airlines even harder than before by expanding it's own portfolio of budget airline brands and offerings.

      LH message to the customers is similar to Henry Fords message: You can fly any budget airline as long as it's owned by LH Group!

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  14. Absolutely! In addition, all Wizz flight crew on routes to/from Serbia must wear traditional Serbian folclor outfit (opanci and šajkača indluded) whereas the on-board buffet must offer exclusively and only gibanica and prebranac dishes. The flight attendant must entertain passengers with live gusle performance during at least 25% of the flight duration. These would be some minimum acceptable terms under which any airline (not only Wizz) would be allowed to operate in Serbia. Failure to comply with these demands should trigger immediate cut of all diplomatic ties with their home country. Cyrilic worldwide or death to everyone!

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    1. Do you seriously believe you are witty?

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    2. Pop christening officesSeptember 8, 2014 at 2:30 PM

      Well, at least Wizz Air has got its website and in-flight magazine (part in Serbian) in Cyrillic, their website is in Cyrillic only, unlike Air Serbia.

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    3. Awesome comment!!!

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  15. in a comment made to "Flightglobal"???
    Link / Something???

    I don't really understand this.

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    1. http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/wizz-set-to-start-flights-from-serbia39s-nis-airport-403434/

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  16. This is great, especially since INI will finally make an appearance on Flight Radar 24!

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  17. Instead of guessing, why don't somebody check with SMATSA and see if they have approved any ILS whatsoever in Nis.
    Nis Airport is NOT the owner of any ILS, it's SMATSA. It is SMATSA that approves, finances, owns and controls the airspace, NOT Nis Airport.
    And as far as I understand the report from SMATSA was concluded 10 days ago on what the technical possibilities are for Nis Airport having the runway located as it is located.

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    1. SMATSA will do what the Serbian government tells them to do.

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    2. SMASTA for know dont plan ILS, but who knows.
      RVR will be installed next year.

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    3. You are both completely wrong. SMATSA are in control of the airspace, they own the control tower, they own the equipment ABOVE ground level. Runways and taxiways belong to the airport.

      But SMATS decide on what is in line with EURO-control and that is why SMATS are financed via EURO-Control and NOT the Serbian Government.

      There will be NO ISL at Nis Airport, the runway is NOT suitable.

      It's politicians filling people with bullshit even when they know the facts.

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    4. RVR to be installed?! Runway visual range (RVR), in aviation meteorology, is the distance over which a pilot of an aircraft on the centreline of the runway can see the runway surface markings delineating the runway or identifying its centre line.

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    5. If Nis is only promising to install the ILS but they will not deliver it, they will have the same fate as Warsaw-Modlin: the airport will be abandoned from the winter season again.

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  18. Wizz ce najvise imati 4 leta nedeljno iz INI.
    A najbolje bi bilo da lete za LSZH ali kad Wizz neleti na glavne Aerodrome.

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    1. Još kad bi razmislio o tome da je Cirih u Švajcarskoj i da im treba srpski AOC da bi dobili dezignaciju.

      Kako god, ipak je ova vest u rangu obaveštenja da će Wizz Air leteti iz Banja Luke. Ništa nije sigurno dok sama aviokompanija ne objavi novosti.. a u nekim situacijama i tada treba sačekati da avion prvo poleti.

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  19. Also good that they will not leave BEG !
    As much i wish JU all the best...
    I also want to have a presence of low costers at the airport.

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  20. http://www.dodaj.rs/f/a/57/2iLmCriw/wizz-ini.jpg


    Prva recenica: Wizz air WILL SIGN an agreement to start scheduled flights from Serbia's Constantine the Great airport, Flightglobal has learnt .

    onda kasnije: negotiations are in the preliminary stage and announcement IS NOT IMMINENT.

    Sta se desava oko svega toga, ne znam.

    Dobra vest za Srbiju je sto ce Wizz ostati ovde, to jest nece doci do ekspanzije u Tuzli, a da to bude na ustrb ekspanzije u Srbiji.

    Svejedno, tekst je malo konfuzan i protivurecan. Mnogo srece Nisu!

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  21. This is AWESOME NEWS! Good luck INI, I will buy first ever ticket no metter what destination they will fly to!

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  22. December... And nothing new!

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