|Niš Airport in talks with Wizz Air, Air Serbia and Pegasus|
Niš Constantine the Great Airport is in talks with several airlines, including Wizz Air, Air Serbia and Pegasus Airlines, over the introduction of new services from the south-east Serbian city. It comes two weeks following the successful launch of Wizz Air’s flights from Malmo and Basel to Niš, marking the airport’s first commercial services in over a year and a half. The low cost airline has said it is satisfied with the performance of its two routes so far. Wizz Air’s head of Corporate Communications, Daniel de Carvalho, noted that the airline hopes to replicate its Tuzla success in Niš. The airline opened its twentieth base in Tuzla two weeks ago. “Niš has become what Tuzla was for us back in 2013”, Mr de Carvalho said. The Managing Director of Niš Airport, Vladica Djurdjanović, believes the airline will introduce additional routes from the city in 2016. “They are satisfied with the number of passengers and they have announced that maybe from next year there will be additional routes”. Previously, Mr Djudjardjanovic said the no frills carrier is planning on opening a base in Niš in 2016.
Constantine the Great Airport will resume talks with Air Serbia later this month regarding potential services. “Air Serbia will renew talks with us by mid-July and then we will know what sort of cooperation we will have with them. I’m optimistic and I expect good news”, the Mayor of Niš, Zoran Perišić, said. The airport will propose for the national carrier to operate flights to Vienna and Zurich, which it believes would be profitable. “There are destinations Air Serbia could fly to, which are commercially viable, such as Vienna and Zurich. These are the two most profitable routes from Niš”, Mr Djurdjanović noted. In late April, Air Serbia said it was not interested in flying to the city.
Meanwhile, Turkey’s Pegasus Airlines has shown interest in launching flights from Istanbul to Niš. The airline has requested additional information and general terms from the airport. According to Mr Djurdjanović, the airline has been provided with all of the requested documentation and they are in the process of analysing the data. City authorities have said that another low cost airline had expressed interest in flying to Niš, but gave up on the idea after the city refused to issue it with subsidies amounting to 200.000 euros. Several other airlines have expressed interest to introduce services to the city. One is said to be eying flights from Tivat and the other from Osijek, offering onward connections to Stuttgart and Frankfurt. The airport refused to reveal the names of the carriers involved.