Friday, April 3, 2015

Tuzla Airport prepares for Wizz base opening

Tuzla Airport eyes 200.000 passengers in 2015

Tuzla Airport, which will become Wizz Air’s 19th base and its third in the former Yugoslavia this June, is preparing for its busiest year on record. Close to 200.000 passengers are expected to pass through its doors this year. Earlier this week, the Tuzla Canton government approved a 2015 business plan which signals 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 05.00 to 23.00. Furthermore, access roads to the airport will be overhauled and new approach lights installed in order to decrease flight delays and cancellations due to poor weather conditions, especially during the spring and autumn months. “With at least one aircraft to be based in Tuzla and three services per day, the airport will start working in three shifts. During 2015, Tuzla Airport will meet all technical and other contractual obligations it has with Wizz Air, with the aim of becoming the airline’s regional hub”, Tuzla Airport’s Managing Director, Rifet Karasalihović, says.

Wizz Air will base a new Airbus A320 aircraft in Tuzla from late June. It will launch new flights to Frankfurt Hahn and Sandefjord, starting June 24, as well as to Memmingen and Stockholm Skavsta commencing June 26. 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. It already operates flights to Tuzla from Malmo, Basel, Dortmund, Gothenburg and Eindhoven. In an earlier statement, Wizz Air’s Chief Commercial Officer, Gyorgy Abran, said, “The new Tuzla base will create a number of local jobs with Wizz Air and our local business partners. We look forward to becoming the airline of choice of Bosnian consumers and visitors”. The low cost airline’s CEO, Jozsef Varadi, told EX-YU Aviation News that Wizz is “highly excited for Bosnia and Herzegovina” and hopes to replicate its success in Tuzla across the country. “Wizz Air is very well suited for that environment. The country is absolutely right for our business plan”, Mr. Varadi said. However, he added, “We are in talks with Sarajevo Airport but they are simply too expensive. They need to lower their costs”.

Tuzla Airport has struggled to attract airlines and passengers since it opened its doors for commercial use in 1998. However, its fortunes turned in 2013 when Wizz Air launched its first service from Malmo. Flights quickly proved popular and the no frills airline expanded its network. In 2014, the airport handled 151.353 passengers, a notable 146% increase on the year before. The airport welcomed more passengers last year then it did for the three previous years combined. During the first two months of 2015, Tuzla Airport has continued to see its passenger numbers grow with 24.965 travellers handled, an increase of 69.5% compared to the same period last year.

39 comments:

  1. Congratulations to Tula Airport. A great example of how you should run a small airport in ex-yu.

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  2. OT : Trade Air F100 operates regularly on scheduled flights on behalf of CTN these days. Is this common usage during summer season ?

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    1. Also today Trade Air F100 operates for Adria Airways.

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  3. I am pretty sure Wizz Air pays absolutely nothing to Tuzla for these flights. No handling landing, nothing Instead they gave them a list of demands.

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    1. Yes, plus they get a discount on fuel. That's one of the main reasons why BNX refused to work with them.

      It's interesting how when JU gets reduced fees everyone screams and shouts but when W6 gets it then they are congratulated.

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    2. There is big difference in airport which was good as dead without these subventions. They had 4.000 passengers per year (10 per day) and still have to pay for electricity, working force, heating etc. On this way they are not losing money.

      In Belgrade there is huge difference because airport had 3,5 million passengers before subventions to Air Serbia and there are more than enough companies to make airport very profitable. In same time those subventions makes Air Serbia more than privilege, competition unprofitable and result is that lot of companies stop to fly or cut frequencies.

      But let me remind you that Belgrade airport was highly subvent Wizzair also and in that time airport management and people in this blog fight with us that there are not subventions for Wizz in BEG. Of course it all came out when they have to cut those subventions to protect Air Serbia privileges in BEG.

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  4. @ anon 10:00 AM
    go and check how low cost works and then come back to this forum with at least a bit of knowlegde. Or are you saying JU is low cost also?

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  5. Now Tuzla should put all their affords to move from Wizzair monopoly and should open flights to

    1. Istanbul (Turkish, Pegasus or B&H Airlines) - there is no risk at all for at least 4 weekly flights to IST especially with Turkish which can go to everyday without any problem.
    2. Vienna (Austrian), at least 5 times per week with connections to Europe and North America (or 3 times per week with NIKI or B&H Airlines
    3. Zurich (B&H Airlines or Swiss), 3 times per week via Banja Luka
    4. London (Ryanair or easyJet)
    5. At least one more charter to Greece or Tunisia (as they have Antalya already).

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  6. OT question: Has ASL got official report for 2014. somewhere? Wasn't 30.3. deadline for it?

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    1. ASL nece objavit financijski izvjestaj, jer nije jos od 2012., nego moramo vjerovati kondicu na rijec kad kaze da su profitabilni.

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    2. Imas izvestaj za 2013 ovde
      http://fi.apr.gov.rs/prijemfi/cir/Podaci_Komplet_1.asp?strSearch=07044275&kod=6a7d0998e19d51fada3f217a2f2041cf09cda2d4&godina=2013&pk_zag=754168

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    3. Anon @ 3.16pm ... go to the APR website where ALL public companies have to report their financial results no later than 31 May of each year. 2013 is there.

      As for 2014, results have been reported by external auditors KPMG - one of the international Big 4 accounting firms. They are not allowed to put their name to something if it isn't true.

      So don't write crap if you are unaware of the facts ....

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    4. Rok za predaju je bio 31.03. za sve vazi pa i za ASL. Na APR ce biti vidljiv kada bude vidljiv i od svih ostalih firmi.

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  7. OT: March 2015

    Split +20%

    Dubrovnik +10%

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    1. Great results, this is gonna be a nice year for Croatian airports!

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    2. SPU bude prepun u 7. u 8. mjesecu. Mali je to terminal i apron.

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  8. BEG growth in March 12%.

    March 2014 - 282.447
    March 2015 - 315.283

    Total passengers handled so far: 888.477 (+13%)

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    1. Znaci u Avgusu prelazimo 1mil pax
      INN-NS

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    2. Чисто сумњам имајући у виду да је прошле године било 576.461 путника током августа. Ове године ће их можда бити око 620.000.

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    3. Lufthansa seems to be sending their A319 from MUC from now on.

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    4. Bas me zanima gde ce ave Aviolet da steta sto ne rade charter letove.
      INN-NS

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    5. Bas me zanima gde ce sve Aviolet da leti steta sto ne rade charter letove i preko zime.
      INN-NS
      INN-NS

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    6. INN da neće možda da lete gde i prošle godine?

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  9. Someone yesterday asked about loads to AUH.

    Regarding the trip report, it was from me.

    Regarding the loads, february is always a slow month and this is where the loads are less the 50%. In the summer months the A319 is too small capacity and when available EY sends the A320.

    Considering AUH is a much smaller hub compared to say DOH let alone DXB, plus the fact that there is double daily i think the loads are good. I will bring more pics and info soon as i will travel on both the EY and JU flights soon. It would be nice for an afternoon departure ex AUH to BEG as both flights are early morning departures.

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  10. OT: SKP March 2015 - 95.859 or +25,325%

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    1. Amazing!!
      No doubts SKP will overrun PRN and LJU this year!

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    2. it's still unofficial ,i think the number of pax is for both airports but if that's the case the number of pax for SKP is quite close, wait for official information.

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    3. Ако се водиме од тоа што го кажа Крстевски - тоа е тоа - не е за двата аеродроми туку за Скопје бидејки јасно кажа, „вкупно за трите месеци од скопскиот аеродром бројот на патници изнесува 264.213“ - а не од македонските аеродроми ;)

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  11. OT: Air Serbia is now selling its A320 and ATR72 plane models in corporate livery, 1:100 and 1:80 respectively. Both are available for just under 20 EUR in the new Jurija Gagarina office in Belgrade. Make sure you check the contents on the spot, engines are quite fragile and a couple of samples didn't survive the transport by road.

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    1. Nadam se da ce se neko iz Er-Srbije setiti da posalje makete aviona na poklon najvecem fanu Er-Srbije, mladom gospodinu INN-NS-u.

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    2. Haha good one Vladimir

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    3. Mozda sam ja vec dobio to .
      Vladimire sto me provocirate dok sam u Srbiji.
      INN-NS

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    4. Kakve veze ima sto si i Srbiji? Jel ces da ga tuces? Nas mali je opasan, pravi macor.

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    5. @INN-NS: Samo se šalim, nisam mislio ništa loše :)

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  12. Great news. Having traveled on the BSL-TZL route on numerous occasions I would love to see the implementation of a bus service to the main bus station or more organized taxi services. My encounter with some of the local taxi drivers would need a whole topic on its own...

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  13. Wizz Air..kompanija kojoj je Beograd u blizini Londona :) Zivela Air Serbia

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