|Flights from Germany to Niš to launch this year or next|
Low cost airline Wizz Air is expected to launch flights between Memmingen and Niš in late 2015 or early 2016, the head of the city’s Tourism Organisation, Uroš Parlić, has confirmed. “This service was discussed from the very beginning and Germany has been identified as a market with strong potential”, Mr. Parlić says. Last week, Wizz Air’s Executive Vice President, John Stephenson, said that even though the airline did not initially plan to introduce additional flights to the south-eastern Serbian city this year, flights from Germany could be considered by the end of 2015. The low cost airline will commence flights to Niš this summer with a three weekly service from Malmo, starting June 25, and two weekly flights from Basel, beginning July 3.
The head of the Tourism Organisation says Wizz Air opted for the Malmo service first, rather than Memmingen, as the airline’s research and analysis showed there is more interest for flights from Scandinavia than from Germany. Furthermore, Mr. Parlić believes Wizz Air will open a base at Constantine the Great Airport as early as next year. Meanwhile, Bojan Avramović, the head of the Regional Development Agency, has also confirmed that the low cost airline will introduce services from Memmingen to Niš in the coming period.
Niš Airport estimates that some 30.000 passengers will fly with Wizz Air from Malmo and Basel during the summer months. Furthermore, the airport is hopeful to attract charter carriers from Turkey and Greece during the holiday period. Last year, Turkey’s Freebird Airlines was to operate charters from Antalya to Niš, but the service was cancelled due to low interest. However, the airport is confident the flights could attract more travellers this time around due to its new pricing and a passenger tax of only three euros. On the other hand, local authorities have confirmed that Air Serbia has expressed no interest in operating commercial flights out of Niš for the time being.