Monday, September 29, 2014

Second airline eyes Niš flights

Niš negotiating potential flights with Swiss-based airline

Another low cost airline has expressed interest to launch services to Niš Constantine the Great Airport in south-eastern Serbia as local authorities and Wizz Air continue talks over potential flights, to be launched from March 2015. The Deputy Mayor of Niš, Ljuba Savković, said in a statement, “Things are slowly moving forward. We have already signed an agreement offered by one airline and have sent it back to them for signing. In addition, an airline from Switzerland has also shown interest to launch flights to Niš”. Talks with the interested Swiss-based airline have already taken place. Authorities believe flights to Switzerland would also serve the Italian market due to its close proximity.

Switzerland has for years been considered one of the most profitable markets from Niš. Both Jat Airways and Montenegro Airlines operated services from Constantine the Great Airport to Zurich between 2004 and 2006. Montenegro Airlines attempted to resume the route on several occasions but was knocked back by Swiss authorities, which refused to issue fifth freedom rights to the carrier. More recently, Darwin Airline, now known as Etihad Regional, operated services from both Zurich and Geneva to Niš but the pricey tickets failed to attract passengers. A considerable number of Serbian immigrants in Switzerland hail from Serbia’s south-east.

Wizz Air and local authorities are believed to be finalising flights from Constantine the Great Airport, to be launched next summer season. According to original plans, an agreement between the two sides was to be signed in the first half of September. Based on previous statements, online ticket sales are expected to begin by November with flights to be launched in late March 2015. The CEO of Niš Airport, Dragan Bugarinović, said last Friday, “I can’t imagine that we won’t have flights next year. I am absolutely certain we will have them. If we don’t achieve anything in a year then I don’t think we can ever hope for or expect anything better”. The last commercial flight from Niš was operated by Montenegro Airlines to Podgorica in October last year. The airport has been unable to attract any customers ever since.

21 comments:

  1. Easy jet for sure. Wizz Air will fly to Malmo.

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    1. Probably. They will probably cancel Geneva - Belgrade and go to INI instead so Easyjet's withdrawal from BEG will be complete.

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    2. easyJet Switzerland BSL-INI methinks.

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  2. Тресла се гора, родио се миш.

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  3. Trenutno zbog ekonomske zaostalosti stanovnistva centralne, juzne I jugoistocne Srbije, bez iseljenika iz ovih krajeva drzave, nezamislivo je letenje aviona vecih od 50 sedista. Prvenstveno turbo-propa zbog isplativosti. Dosadasnji dolazak, a narocito buduci dolazak stranog biznisa, ozivece za sada mrtvi putnicki saobracaj na Niskom aerodromu. Kraljevacki aerodrom Moravu treba tek zavrsiti... Uzicke Ponikve takodje. Drzava zna kada ce to moci. Dali ce otvoreno reci vremenski okvir kada ce, koliko i sta izgraditi vreme ce reci. Koliko dugo? Nemoze nam ni zelja za aktiviranjem ovih aerodroma, pa ni samo nestrpljenje pomoci. Ljudi koji zive od Nisave do Ibra i Djetie...
    Rodney Son & Co. Kraljevo /// Sydney.

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  4. Zar vi mislite da je management EZS toliko retardiran da udje u trku sa WZZ u pocetku.
    A to sto pricate za routu za LSZM nema sanse tu vec leti WZZ 100% .Moze biti da jedino da EZS krene da leti 2-3 puta za LSGG =D
    INN-NS

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  5. It says an airline from Switzerland, it doesn't have to be EZS at all...

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    1. maybe belair or etihad regional!

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    2. ko b i mogao jos sem BHP-OAW- DWT.
      INN-NS

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    3. Pls let us know of other Swiss low-cost airlines. Hint: blogger is sending quite a clear message in the use of photos. But we could all be wrong, of course.

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    4. easyTiger dobro ste me podsetili ja skroz zaboravio na EDW ;D
      INN-NS

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  6. Good news and I really hope this happens.

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  7. Kako da ne letovi sa luganskog aerodroma jedinog blizu Italiji. Iako ima dosta emigranata koji tamo zive nema za vise od cetri leta mesecno sto je mozda dobro. Good morning Nis.

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  8. kompanija koja je iz dvomilionskog beograda otkazala letove za rim i milano, sigurno u nisu nema sta da trazi.. ali gastarbajterski vizer verujem da ce leteti iz nis.

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  9. Sa slike se sve vidi

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  10. It could very well be Etihad Regional, who knows, they might even introduce two weekly Geneva-Belgrade-Nis flights.

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  12. This is the less commented exyu news ever! At the same time all comments which came from fans of ANT and BEG are very negative as well. Guys this is just not right at all! GO INI! Wish you all the best and wish all of this become truth soon!

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  14. It's nice to see that Nis airport will potentially have some type of trffic in the future. I just think that it may not last long, not because of lack of traffic, but the politicians don't want to lose traffic at Belgrade Airport.

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  15. We hope for low cost flights next year.

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