|Wizz Air to commence Belgrade - Baden-Baden flights next year|
Following over a year of downsizing at its Belgrade base, low cost carrier Wizz Air will introduce a new service from the Serbian capital, with flights to Baden-Baden in Germany to launch at the start of the 2016 summer season, on March 28. Services to the spa town in southwestern Germany, located close to the borders of France and Switzerland, will operate twice per week with an Airbus A320 aircraft each Monday and Friday. Tamara Mshvenieradze, Wizz Air's Corporate Communications Manager, said, "With our new Belgrade service to Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, we now offer thirteen international routes from two Serbian airports. We look forward to welcoming many more visitors to the country and to carry more Serbian travellers on leisure and business on our modern Airbus A320 fleet".
Wizz Air, which is the second busiest airline operating out of Belgrade, saw its passenger figures decline 11.4% from the city during the first half of the year, which was accompanied by a 16.2% decline in the number of operated flights. The no frills carrier cut its capacity from the Serbian capital by 130.000 seats over the past year, with 700 fewer flights operated as a result of Belgrade Airport's decision to increase fees, which Wizz says has made it one of the most expensive airports in its network. The new Baden-Baden service will become Wizz Air's first route launch from Belgrade since it introduced flights to Larnaca in March last year. The airline will have no direct competition on the route but does face indirect competition from Air Serbia, which maintains flights to Stuttgart located just over seventy kilometres from Karlsruhe and 100 kilometres from Baden-Baden.
The low cost airline has expanded rapidly this year within the former Yugoslavia, opening thirteen new routes and its third base in the region. It introduced services from Malmo and Basel to Serbia's second airport in Niš and commenced five new routes from Skopje, where it based its third aircraft. Furthermore, the airline opened a base in Tuzla and added Ohrid to its destination network by launching two routes, one of which is operated on a seasonal basis.
Tickets for the new Belgrade - Baden-Baden service are already on sale via the airline's website. Further flight information can be found here.