|Wizz Air grows Niš network with new route|
Low cost airline Wizz Air will introduce new flights from Dortmund to Niš this summer season. The route, its third from the city, will operate three times per week, each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, starting August 20. Wizz Air's Corporate Communications Manager, Tamara Mshvenieradze, said, "We are thrilled to be adding this long-awaited connection between Niš and Dortmund. We listen to our customers and respond to demand whenever possible. Customers in Serbia continue to turn to Wizz for low fares to more destinations and we remain committed to stimulating business and hospitality sectors with more visitors now able to travel to the southern regions of Serbia, as well as to the renowned ski resorts in Kopaonik". She added, "Our Serbian customers on the other hand now get a great low fare connection to the Ruhr area - the largest urban cluster in Germany”. The airline already runs flights from Belgrade to Dortmund three times per week.
Wizz Air launched operations to Niš in June 2015 with two services from Malmo and Basel. With the new Niš - Dortmund flights, the airline will offer fourteen routes to six countries from two Serbian airports - Belgrade and Niš. Previously, local authorities said the no frills carrier was likely to introduce flights from Memmingem to Constantine the Great Airport in 2016 and could even open its own base in the city. Wizz Air’s lead Communications Strategist, Daniel de Carvalho, previously noted that the airline hopes to replicate its Tuzla success in Niš. “Niš has become what Tuzla was for us back in 2013”, he said at the time. Niš Airport concluded a three-year commercial contract with the airline in 2015. As a result, it charges the carrier just three euros per departing passenger.
Following a record 2015, Niš Airport handled 15.356 travellers during the first quarter of this year. "There is significant interest for Wizz Air's flights and the average cabin load factor to and from Niš is constantly above 90%", the airport's spokeswoman, Ivanka Stanisavljević, said. With the new service, Niš Airport anticipates handling some 100.000 passengers in 2016. Furthermore, it hopes to attract carriers other than Wizz and is primarily targeting airlines serving cities such as Frankfurt, London, Milan, Munich, Moscow, Paris, Vienna, Verona and Venice, which it has identified as viable destinations. Furthermore, it is believed flights from Istanbul could launch this year, since a Turkish carrier has expressed strong interest to operate the route. Further flight details for Wizz Air's new Dortmund - Niš service can be found here.