|Wizz to base single aircraft in Niš, airport officials claim|
Low cost airline Wizz Air is interested in basing a single aircraft in Niš according to the airport’s Managing Director, Vladica Djurdjanović. The no frills carrier will inaugurate flights to the south-east Serbian city next Thursday from Malmo, which will be followed by flights from Basel a week later. “In order for them [Wizz Air] to boost services, certain conditions must be met, such as the construction of a hangar and someplace where they can accommodate their maintenance staff and aircraft, because Wizz Air wants to base one jet at Niš Airport”, Mr Djurdjanović said. He added, “Once they do so, it will result in at least three to four flights per day, seven days a week. That’s around 25 to 28 weekly flights”.
As of next week, Wizz Air will have three bases in the former Yugoslavia – Skopje, Belgrade and Tuzla – and will continue to maintain services to Ljubljana, Ohrid and Split as well. The new flights to Niš will mark the resumption of scheduled services from the airport for the first time in over a year and a half. “According to our information, booking numbers for these flights have been solid so far, keeping in mind that these are new services and it will take time for people to get accustomed to them”, the head of the airport said. He noted, “Booking numbers have been roughly the same as the ones Wizz Air had when they launched flights from Belgrade”. The airport has reduced its prices in an attempt to attract new carriers, charging just three euros for handling, landing and passenger services.
Wizz Air will operate flights to Niš on a year-long basis. Earlier this year, the head of Niš’s Tourism Organisation, Uroš Parlić, said he held high hopes the airline would open a base at the airport in 2016. Furthermore, he said the carrier is likely to launch flights from Memmingem next year as well. “This service was discussed from the very beginning and Germany has been identified as a market with strong potential”, Mr Parlić said at the time. Wizz Air’s Executive Vice President, John Stephenson, noted 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 towards the end of 2015. Niš Airport estimates that some 30.000 passengers will fly with Wizz Air from Malmo and Basel during the summer months.
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