|Wizz Air to base A320 in Tuzla and open new routes|
Low cost carrier Wizz Air has officially announced further expansion in Bosnia and Herzegovina with the airline to base one new Airbus A320 aircraft in Tuzla from June 2015, making the airport its nineteenth base and its third in the former Yugoslavia, following Belgrade and Skopje. The move will provide Tuzla with new flights to Frankfurt Hahn and Sandefjord, which are to launch on June 24, 2015, as well as to Memmingen and Stockholm Skavsta commencing June 26. Wizz Air’s latest move was announced at a press conference in Tuzla yesterday. With these new services, the budget airline will offer a total of nine routes to five countries from Bosnia and Herzegovina’s third largest city next summer. It already operates flights to Tuzla from Malmo, Basel, Dortmund, Gothenburg and Eindhoven. Tickets for the new routes are already on sale through the airline's website.
Wizz Air’s CEO, Gyorgy Abran, said, "Today is another major step forward for Wizz Air in Bosnia and Herzegovina. We started our operations in Tuzla in May 2013 and already carried over 180.000 passengers to date. The new Tuzla base will create a number of local jobs with Wizz Air and our local business partners”. He continued, “Bosnia and Herzegovina is becoming our eleventh country where we have established base operations. We look forward to becoming the airline of choice of Bosnian consumers and visitors". The no frills airline says its major expansion in Tuzla will further stimulate the job market in the aviation and tourism sectors with more visitors now able to travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The latest development in Tuzla will signal major changes for the once sleepy airport. A total of 25 new employees will be hired, with the airport to extend its opening hours from 06.00 to 23.00. Furthermore, access roads to the airport will be overhauled. According to Tuzla Airport’s financial report for 2013, Wizz Air does not pay for any services and fees at the airport, with exception to a three euro passenger tax. As a result, Tuzla Airport expects to be sustainable from 2017 onwards. Over the past nine months, Tuzla Airport handled 109.160 passengers, an increase of 182.5% compared to the same period last year.