|Wizz Air aims to handle 250.000 passengers from Tuzla annually|
Wizz Air formally opened its base in Tuzla on Friday afternoon by basing an Airbus A320 at the airport. The jet will be deployed on a total of nine routes. Over the past week, the no frills carrier launched services from Bosnia and Herzegovina’s third largest city to Frankfurt-Hahn, Sandefjord, Memmingen and Stockholm-Skavsta and increased its capacity from Tuzla by 70% compared to last year. Furthermore, the airline has carried 290.000 passengers to and from Tuzla since first launching operations there in May 2013. Wizz Air 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 low cost airline plans to boost its passenger numbers at Tuzla Airport to 250.000 per year. Furthermore, the number of flights is set to increase from an average of thirteen per week to 23 weekly services. 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”.