Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Wizz Air launching new Skopje flights

Wizz Air to introduce three new routes from Skopje

Low cost airline Wizz Air has confirmed the launch of three new routes out of Skopje Alexander the Great Airport for a total of 22 destinations next summer season with services to Berlin, Copenhagen and Bratislava. Flights to the German capital will be inaugurated on March 21, followed by Copenhagen on March 22 and Bratislava on March 28. All three will operate twice per week. Wizz Air’s Tamara Mshvenieradze said, ”Wizz Air has today once again underlined its commitment to Macedonia as Skopje’s hometown airline. We are thrilled to announce three new routes from Skopje to the capitals of Denmark, Germany and Slovakia, and we are confident that these three new routes will be as popular as the other 21 in our ever-growing Macedonian network. Seats on the new routes went on sale today and we urge customers to snap up the lowest fares on wizzair.com, mobile website or through our smartphone apps. Our Macedonian crew looks forward to welcoming you on board your next Wizz Air flight”.

The Slovak capital is just fifty kilometres east of Vienna, with shuttle busses running between the two airports. Austria is home to a sizable Macedonian diaspora, while Vienna is Skopje Airport's third busiest route following Istanbul and Zurich. Due to its costs, few no-frills airlines fly to the Austrian capital. Speaking to EX-YU Aviation News earlier this year, Skopje Airport said it was eyeing new markets in Western Europe, including Germany and Denmark. Wizz Air will have no direct competition on any of its newly announced routes. However, it will compete indirectly with Austrian which operates flights to Vienna. The Austrian carrier saw its passenger numbers decline 6% in 2014 , handling 98.602 travellers between the two capital cities.

DestinationLaunch date
Berlin21.03.2016
Copenhagen22.03.2016
Bratislava28.03.2016
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This year, Wizz Air introduced thirteen new routes from the former Yugoslavia from four different cities and opened its third base in the region. In Macedonia, it based its third aircraft in Skopje and introduced five new routes from the capital. In addition, the airline inaugurated one seasonal and one year-long service from the country’s second international airport - Ohrid. During the first three quarters, Wizz Air was Skopje's busiest airline, handling 49% of all passengers. The low cost carrier will launch flights from Belgrade to Baden-Baden next summer, its first newly announced route from the former Yugoslavia for 2016.

Wizz Air's existing Skopje route network

130 comments:

  1. wow 20 destinations is impressive. A true Wizz hub.

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    1. Kakav crni hub??? Baza.

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  2. would love to know how their Barcelona route is going. It seems to be the oddest one out of the pack.

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  3. I can't get over the minister's stupidity. "The Minister added that flights to Budapest would allow Macedonian travellers to connect onto Wizz Air’s network of over thirty destinations from the Hungarian capital". He obviously hasn't got a clue how LCC function.

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    1. I totally agree with you that the minister is a bit stupid (a bit being an understatement). However I dont think he is completely wrong. I have used W6 flights to Bergamo to connect to the FR network from there, even though both airlines are P2P.

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    2. Anon 9:58 you were taking two completely unrelated flights. If your first flight was delight and you weren't able to take the next you would loose all your money and you would need to buy a last minute ticket.
      That is not a "connection opportunity" but a big risk.

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    3. * Delayed, not delight.
      Sorry!

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    4. @anon 10:11
      I am completely aware of that risk, however if the ticket price is right I am willing to risk it. Of course, you will not book two flights that are only 2-3 hours apart, but at least 4. In Skopje's case you would try not to fly in the winter months when the fog is at its peak which leads to lots of delayed flights.

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  4. From what I hear, today W6 will announce Skopje and Sofia from Bratislava. Announcement expected around 11AM.

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    1. Not sure how smart this route is. Aegean does not fly to Bratislava so Wizz shouldn't either.

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    2. If you were any smarter or a tiny bit more educated when it comes to civil aviation, you would know that you can't compare A3 and W6. Plus, Aegean already flies into VIE. ;)

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    3. Aegean flies to VIE and FR flies to BTS.
      Neeeeext!

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    4. Sarcasm, anyone?

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    5. Unsuccessful sarcasm...

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  5. They should launch DWC flights.

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  6. Has Wizz Air ever suspended a route from SKP?

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    1. Why they would suspend any flight, when all those flights are subsidized by government. For them flying empty aircraft or full is exactly the same! They got pay anyway!

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    2. Are you serious ?? Or just writing something...

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    3. How many times some of you will need this explication. Wizz got subsided only for the first six routes out of Skopje (the first big expansion in W12/13), and yes, the number of passengers on board did matter since they got a fixed amount of money + an allowance for each passenger. Also, I would like to remind you that the subsidies have expired a long time ago.

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    4. They signed up for new subsidies for 3-year period on 29 December 2014. European Commission has also expressed concern.

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    5. Wrong, also they was taken last year - so until now they was taked 2 times, but the last year subsidies was only for the newest route from Skp and Ohd, but this is nothing if we compare the risk factor and the subsidies.

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    6. Subsidies were offered for 5 new routes from Skopje and Ohrid - Basel. You can google it it's easy to find.

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    7. The maximum W6 can get from the government is around 5 mil in 3 years. Now, if any of you had the tinniest bit of knowledge, you would understand that 5 mil is almost nothing compared to the whole investment and the risk. Only one bad route (which they would have to serve for at least 3 years according to the deal with thw government) and they will be in the red.
      P.S. Let me reming you that only the new routes (the ones which started this summer) are beind subsidized.

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    8. Don´t get me wrong I am happy for expansion for both SKP and W6, but I remember there was subsidies to cover all new services for the next three years by government of MKD, which I also think is good to do, having no flag carrier that would create much more losses! ;) cheers!

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    9. Speaking about Wizz Air's spare capacity in Skopje for next summer, they have two void double-weekly segments during lunch-time wave. One aircraft is free on days 2 and 6, while the other is free on days 3 and 7.

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    10. 2 and 6 is Skopje- Basel - Ohrid - Basel - Skopje
      3 and 7 Skopje - Basel - Nis - Basel - Skopje

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    11. Yes I remeber how everbodey told us there are no subventions in BEG for Wizz and now CEO is i prison for huge subventions.

      Wizz DOES NOT FLY WITHOUT SUBCENTIONS!!!! Not in INI, not on TZL, not in SKP.

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    12. ASL doesn't operate without subsidies.
      Yet W6 is profitable, JU is not.

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  7. great work. congrats

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  8. Bravo Skopje!!!!!

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  9. ATH would be a no brainer addition but W considers it an expensive airport and stopped flying to it completely a few years ago.

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  10. Wizz new add Skopje-Bratislava and Skopje-Berlin

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    1. vidi web strana na Wizz..poz

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    2. It's strange that they are going to keep both Malmo and Copenhagen...

      On a side note, it's funny how on their website BTS is written as Ivanka Airport. :D

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    3. ;-) poz od Praga

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    4. I beogradski putnicki je u opstini Surcin.

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    5. Yes, yes but at least they should add Bratislava-Ivanka or just Bratislava. On their website when you look for BEG it writes: Belgrade (BEG). Not Surcin (BEG).

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    6. I can't find it on their website.

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    7. https://i.gyazo.com/d87765079f2f7ff55cb08f5e153b48ca.png

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  11. Wondering whether these flights will materialize and if they do, would they be operated with a SKP based aircraft?

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    1. Yes it's been said before in some article that it will be with SKP based plane.

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    2. yes , they cut some frequencies from previous destinations

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  12. Wow, Croatian national carrier has 19 year long routes out of Croatian base with 12 jets, and Hungarian company has 20 year long flights out of Macedonian base with only 3 based planes, impressive! (sorry if I'm wrong)

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    1. What do you mean 19 yrs long routes, 20 yrs long flights?

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    2. Retardinjo ne pravi razliku kompanija koje lete svaki dan i koje lete poneki dan u nedelji. Uobicejeno glupi komentar na ovom blogu. A i engleski mu skripi.

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    3. Croatia also flies from Dubrovnik, Zadar, Split, Brač, Rijeka, Pula, Osijek and Zadar.

      Croatia in some routes has up to 6 flights per day. The best route Wizz has is less than every day frequency. So your comment is at least...

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  13. BNX take note!
    You are doing it wrong.

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  14. I read yesterday that Wizz will announce new flights from/to Nis as well, is this true?

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  15. Yes, its official on their website, Berlin and Bratislava are added to their network. I'm not sure until when this expansion will go, but if there will be another round of expansion probably it will cover Hamburg, Madrid and Geneva. Congrats SKP!

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    1. Hamburg is already covered with flights to Lubeck :)

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  16. WOW!!!!!!!! Skopje got Bratislava, Berlin and Copenhagen :) It's official on wizzair.com

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    1. New York, Dubai and Toronto next pleaseeeeee

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  17. GREAT NEWS! Bravo Skopie! Gongrats from Sofia!

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  18. OT: Do we have any new info about the Americans allowing Air Serbia flights to JFK?

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    1. I believe that Vuvic have to say... LOL

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  19. Thank you for confirmation ex-yu. Really happy about this! :)

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  20. If FR bases an aircraft in SKP as well, 1.8 mil sounds very realistic.

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  21. So should we expect one more W6 plane based in SKP?

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  22. ECN-IST a few days ago with Onur Air, LF 70-80%. We were parked next to the technic hangars due to the lack of space at IST. Aircraft were piled up anywhere they could, one TK A320 was boarding right in front of the hangar on the taxiway. We were parked among cars (see photo). ECN airport is a disaster, sort of a warehouse and quite chaotic for it's small size, there is no internet. On the other hand food and shopping options are plentiful. ECN is served mainly if not exclusively by Turkish carriers with Pegasus and AtlasGlobal departing at the same time with us, both recording much higher LF. Thanks to the late hour arrival IST was quite empty so I was able to catch the last metro into the city. It took me 40 minutes from touchdown to getting out of the airport which isn't that bad considering how IST can be. Only the best impressions about Onur Air, from the booking
    process till the landing, airline modest but professional and well organized, you don't have the impression you're flying a Turkish airline. Candies were distributed during the flight and I was offered a free exit seats upgrade on check-in. Among interesting things about Onur Air is that they fly to places such as Erbil, Nalchik and Odessa so they might be a good choice for Serbian and other travellers out of IST travelling to those areas whose pricing is mostly prohibitive.

    Few pics:

    http://cs629213.vk.me/v629213496/22793/Ky6KB8dvRsY.jpg

    http://cs629213.vk.me/v629213496/2279d/G47OdAVrp9c.jpg

    http://cs629213.vk.me/v629213496/227a7/GeLC_6QJ6KA.jpg

    http://cs629213.vk.me/v629213496/227b1/1u9xgnwdvHI.jpg

    http://cs629213.vk.me/v629213496/227c5/e1POhR5FT4Y.jpg

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  23. Wizz air ce od Skopskog aerodroma da napravi pravi regionalni hub. Lose vesti za Pristinski i Niski aerodrom, a posto ga je air Serbia uspesno oterala za beogradskog aerodroma, gubi i on.

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    1. Kako može da napravi hub ako nema konekcija. Hub ne može da se pravi sa LCC. Ljudi dajte ne lupajte ovde gluposti ako ne razumete osnove avio saobračaja.

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    2. you com by bus from INI to SKP and take a plan. Eto ti konekcije :P

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    3. Kaze se baza, ne hub.

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    4. Не каже се ни база већ чвориште.

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    5. ispravno se kaze osovina dok su aviolinije paoke no necemo da budemo "seljaci" pa da znamo sta su kolski tockovi.

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  24. Well done Skopje :)

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  25. HOWEVER, they cut frequencies to BSL, MMX and GOT and introduced SXF,CPH and BTS ????

    this announcemnet is only to destroy RYANAIR's attempt to open a base in SKP this spring. Hmmmm

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    1. wannabe monopolists :D

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    2. Maybe they will add 1 more plane to their hub in SKP? Who knows..

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    3. not very likely (4th plane) as for now

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  26. This is such a blow to Air Serbia/Croatia/Adria especially for routes such as VIE and CPH.
    Well done

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    1. I think Austrian will be impacted the most.

      Like it says in the article "However, it will compete indirectly with Austrian which operates flights to Vienna. The Austrian carrier saw its passenger numbers decline 6% in 2014 , handling 98.602 travellers between the two capital cities."

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    2. yes but 90% of people are only transiting through VIE

      CPH bound pax form SKP used Malmö before, so nothing will change

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  27. What happened with JU's flight to Prague this morning, was it diverted right after take-off?

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  28. Stvarno impresivan broj destinacija wizza iz SKP. Svaka cast. Veoma losa vest za SOF i INI, a pogotovo za INI. SKP sada postaje pravi LCC hub, gde mozemo ocekivati i dolazak drugih LCC.
    Cph je pun pogodak!

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    1. Hub ne znači velik aerodrom ili mnogo putnika nego raskrsnica gdje možete sa se konektujete na druge letove. Nemojte ljudi da se sramotite.

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    2. Mislim da je ovo odlicna vest za INI, sto losa?
      Pa i siguran sam da i nas ocekuje linija do Bratislave!
      Tako da nije losa, cak veoma pozitivna na dalji razvoj W6 iz Nisa.

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  29. Jako mi je drago za SKP sto su ovoliko napredovali ali mi je cudno da su se fokusirali samo na LCC trebali su dovesti jos neku legacy Carrier posto ko mora izvan evrope tesko moze dalje sa W6.
    Ili su po meni trebali da dovedi DY iz LGW.
    INN-NS

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    1. In few mounths also coming CSA, what more ?

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    2. Lufthansa, British/Iberia, Norwegian, Aeroflot...

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    3. Skp is not JFK, lufthansa they have austrian croatia and adria with code share, iberia never, maybe british especialy aeroflot soon as possible.....

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    4. British doesn't even fly to BEG...

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    5. Ja ne vidim sad OK kao nkog velikog igraca sto dolazi ali opet je dobro .
      INN-NS

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    6. Ali ti je zato ASL veliki igrac?

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    7. Da naravno da jeste najveci u Ex Yu .
      INN-NS

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    8. Tehnicki nije, Wizz Air je veci a i ASL je manja od CSA tako da ne pricaj gluposti.

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    9. OK i ASL su slicne velicine a W6 kad bude osnovao firmu u Ex Yu onda je Ex Yu aviokompanija osim ako je Madjarska pripadala bivsij Drzavi u vasem mozgu.
      INN-MS

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    10. Zasto trazis kavgu??

      Ni jedna kompanija ne mora da se registruje u Srbiji.

      Zao mi je pilota u srbiji koji su osudjeni na SRB dozvole.


      Molim te nestani sa tim decijim komentarima.

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    11. Wizz Air ima baze sirom ex-YU i zaposljava lokalno stanovnistvo i placa lokalnim drzavama poreze dakle to ih kvalifikuje da budu ex-YU kompanija. Ako mislis na to sto im avioni nisu registrovani u ex-YU, pa sta? Koliko je AZ aviona regiostrovano u Irskoj? Da li to znaci da oni nisu italijanska firma?

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    12. Onda su i EK i EY srpske firme zaposljavljaju dosta srba ;)

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    13. Koji glup argument, no nije iznenadjujuce da dolazi od tebe. Kao prvo, oni ne zaposljavaju Srbe u Srbiji vec dole kod njih i ne placaju poreze u Srbiji a isto tako nemaju ni bazu. Dakle zasto moras uvek da lupas?

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  30. Od Sofija W6 imat 26 destinacje.

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  31. More good news is that INI expects to welcome 35.000 passengers in this year and they stated that Wizz Air will add a new route next year. I really wonder which one it is. Somehow I feel that it will either Dortmund or Memmingen? Maybe Baden Baden?

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  32. OT: BEG-LTN on Wizzair only 80eur return around New Year's. It's been that cheap for weeks now, which is weird since both Skopje and Sofia are much more expensive around those dates despite having more frequent flights, and ASL's prices are high as always. Is Belgrade-London P2P demand really that weak?

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    1. Don't forget that serbians need visa for UK. For sure this is decresing the demand compared to Sofia.

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  33. Yes, unfortunately we still need visas even for tourist visits. But still it is a major city in Europe, it is a little depressing that there so few P2P pax from Belgrade.

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  34. JU's flight to Prague had an emergency diversion this morning.

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    1. 1) YU-APD broke down yesterday evening in Stuttgart and is still there.
      2) YU-ALP broke down today in Belgrade and there was no spare plane so JU172 was cancelled and the passengers were moved to JU174, some 5 hours later.
      3) JU614 to PRG YU-ALV broke down today being airborne and was diverted back to Belgrade

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    2. Nece se smiriti ekipa sa aerodroma dok nekom ne prsne glava.

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    3. Ovo pakuje ekipa sa aerodroma ? Nije istina ?

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    4. ALP je krs, mator avion i stalno se kvari. Jbg to su ipak godine, vreme je da se penzionise, i on i ALN i ALP.

      Sto se tice APD i ostalih Erbaseva, da se ASL Tehnika malo manje ponasa kao da su manekeni a malo vise da su mehanicari ne bi bilo problema kolikih ima sada. Nije moje da pisem ovde ali samo neka se narod pitam sta je bilo sa atrovima proslog leta. ;)

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    5. @9:54 ... a i malo si ljubomoran sto ne radis u ASL? :)

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    6. @9:54 Ako nekom nije jasno da se neko zahebava kada ispadaju u serijama tesko mu je to objasniti sve je to visa matematika nego se uci na obicnim studijama.

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  35. Can we expect SKP to go close to 2 mil pax next year? We have these three new routes from W6 plus OK to Prague. I'm sure there will be at least one more new destination for the summer 2016.

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    1. немој да бидеш многу сигурен!

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  36. If I am not wrong, I think that only 4 or 5 out of 22 destinations are subsidized from Skopje in this moment, which is great because it shows that W6 keeps the flights after the subsidies expire, and on the other hand starts new ones without any subsidies, like these 3 new to Copenhagen, Berlin and Bratislava.

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  37. OT
    QR introducing BEG non stop flights 4 p/w from March 16. So increase in capacity since now plane is filled only by BEG pax, but decrease in frequency since on remaining 3 days there are no via SOF flights. When ZAG became direct, was a similar model followed?

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    1. Yes, it was, but some flights were kept via BUD so it was daily nevertheless. Anyway, the competition is nowhere comparable to the one in Belgrade. I would have expected them to introduce 5 weekly although it seems they're trying to be prudent.

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    2. Checked it on their website - on the days when it's not direct, it still shows flights with a tehnical stop in Sofia ;)

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    3. They will just be 11 flights a week from 7 operated now. Nothing else will change.

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  38. Skopje is becoming true regional HUB!!! :-) nice to hear that

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  39. Is Pristina affected by this recent development in Skopje?

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    1. There probably is some affect but their 2015 results are pretty good from what I see

      http://www.exyuaviation.com/2015/11/record-year-for-ex-yu-airports.html

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  40. Great News!

    Still hoping W6 to introduce Skopje - Moscow flights

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    1. U would need AOC from either Macedonia or Russia.

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    2. Aeroflot should launch them. With superjet

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