Monday, May 16, 2016

Ryanair to launch Bratislava - Niš flights


Europe's busiest low cost airline, Ryanair, will launch flights from the Slovakian capital, Bratislava, to Niš Constantine the Great Airport this winter. It comes less than a month after the carrier began ticket sales for its Berlin - Niš service, which will launch on September 4 and mark the airline's entry onto the Serbian market. Ryanair will operate two weekly services from Bratislava to Niš, each Monday and Friday, starting October 31. Tickets are already on sale through the airline's website. The Slovak capital is just fifty kilometres east of Vienna, with shuttle busses running between the two airports. Austria is home to a sizable Serbian diaspora. Ryanair's Chief Commercial Officer, David O'brien, says the new route will carry 30.000 passengers per year and will create eighty on-site jobs.

Late last month, Ryanair's Route Manager, Luis Fernandez-Mellado, confirmed that the airline is considering expanding its operations out of Niš. "We are in the process of determining our schedule for next summer. Now that we have opened the doors to Niš, it makes it easier to expand. It will be something that we will discuss over the coming months", Mr Fernandez-Mellado said. He added that Niš is an appealing destination for Ryanair hubs which already sport an extensive network and are now looking to be linked with regional secondary cities, such was the case with Berlin. RFurthermore, the carrier said it opted to launch services to Niš following fourteen months of negotiations and as a result of Constantine the Great Airport's low fees, which amount to just three euros for handling, landing and passenger services.

Ryanair has a limited presence in the former Yugoslavia, with year-long flights to Podgorica and seasonal services to Rijeka, Pula and Osijek, as well as a summer base in Zadar. Closer to Niš, the airline plans to open a base in Sofia this winter season. As previously reported, Ryanair is putting a greater emphasis on the former Yugoslav market this year and is also considering flights to Mostar, Skopje, Ohrid and Tivat. Niš Airport handled 20.388 passengers during the first four months of 2016. It estimates welcoming over 100.000 travellers by year's end. In addition to Ryanair's services from Berlin and Bratislava, Wizz Air will launch its third destination from the city this summer, while RusLine Air will operate twelve charter flights from Kaluga in western Russia starting next month until early September.

Flight details for the new Bratislava - Niš service can be found here.

106 comments:

  1. Cool. Paris maybe?

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  2. There are are a lot of possibilities. Will have to wait and see. But great news for INI. Who would have thought a year ago.

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  3. PRN any News destinations?¨
    SKP any news destinations?
    BEG any news destiantions?

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    1. BEG: St. Petersburg, Kiev, Hamburg, Ohrid, New York. All to be launched next month.

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  4. London je siguno jedna destinacija, da li ce ih biti jos videcemo!

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  5. What time is the press conference?

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  6. I always knew my home town had the potential for year round flights! Well done Niš :)

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  7. Polako pa ce FR da otera W6 iz INI ali bice zanimljivo videti dali ce biti ipak vise od jedne Destinacije.
    INN-NS

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    1. Hmm zavisi jer ce mozda biti nova destinacija ka kojoj W6 trenutno ne leti.

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    2. nece, bit ce nova

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    3. Van you give us a hint which one?

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  8. Objavit ce samo jednu i nije nista egzoticno :)

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  9. I had the impression that any INI expansion wouldn't happen before next summer? Could it be that Berlin is selling well?

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  10. Proteklih godina se kukalo kao Niš nema ILS, a Ryanair neće da leti na aerodrome koji ga nemaju. Niš još uvek nema ILS i neće ga imati još možda najmanje godinu dana ali izgleda da to Wizz-u i Ryanair-u ne smeta? Za skoro godinu dana koliko Wizz leti za Niš samo jedan let je je otkazan (avion je sleteo u Beograd i taj dan uopšte nije mogao da sleti u Niš), a par puta su vrteli holding i uspešno sleteli kada se magla razišla.

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    1. Both Ryanair and Wizz Air are flying destinations without ILS.

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  11. OT: JU pax stranded in IST for almost 24 hours. No relief in sight:

    https://twitter.com/airserbia/status/732128616281165824

    http://www.kurir.rs/vesti/drustvo/erbas-er-srbije-zaglavljen-u-istanbulu-putnici-besni-zbog-kasnjenja-leta-udarali-inventar-aviona-clanak-2267345

    Avion Er Srbije Erbas A 319 koji je juče trebalo da sleti iz Istanbula na beogradski aerodrom "Nikola Tesla" ni danas nije poleteo iz glavnog grada Turske.

    "Juče su se putnici ukrcali u 15 časova i sedeli u avionu 3 sata. Prenoćili su u hotelu i jutros opet isto – kvar. Današnji let je imao oznaku Ju 5532 sto su neki protumačili kao 553 drugi pokušaj.

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    1. Oh my... reminds me of the fog scandal in AUH some months ago.

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    2. My sister was on that flight yesterday trying to catch asl flight istanbul-beg-zag...

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    3. I don't get the link with AMS? Did the plane operate BEG-AMS-BEG-IST? If yes then how did they allow a plane with broken brakes to take off from Belgrade?!

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    4. Cant they just send another plane to pick up the passengers and bring them to Belgrade?
      Aren't there any spare planes?

      Next Month they are starting 4 new destinations.
      How are they going to cope with tech issues when they have problems today and they cant even bring stranded passengers back from IST which is only an hour and a half away away?

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    5. Such drama queens. Stuff like this happens every day, to multiple companies. Nothin beyond the usual. The passengers got hotel accommodation, and were not stranded at the airport, like some other companies tend to do things.

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    6. The Summer schedule hasn't started yet but JU can not spare an aircraft for three hours to go to IST and bring home its passengers?
      Why would this people book again with us after that instead of TK?
      And what are we going to do when the high season begins and aircraft availability is even ti8ghter?

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    7. They couldn't spare any B733s as they flew to MXP, ZAG and TXL.

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    8. To Anon 1.59PM
      Becouse TK tend to skid off runways every so often ;)

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    9. Milos, look at the TK fleet and operations and then compare it to JU.

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    10. I read that yesterday's IST passengers were placed on today's flight to BEG (regular flight). Does it mean that both yesterday's and today's fligts from IST to BEG had less than 130 passengers? (combined)

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    11. YU-APB hasn't flown since it came back from IST.

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    12. Bio sam na ovom letu i reakcija ASL je bila vrlo problematična. Kada se desio prvi problem ljudi su bili naravno ne zadovljni ali nije bilo vecih problema .Reakcija nakon toga je bila slaba ali ok nije lako sve organizirati u kratkom periodu. Smestaj tesko da može da se nazove hotelom . Taj deo je bio veoma problematična ali ljudi ni tada nisu pravili problem. Tek ujutro nakon drugog pokušaja i ne poletanja zbog istog kvara (pilot je potvrdio da je reč o istom kvaru) ljudi su poceli da budu nervozni jer je stvarno neozbiljno da pokusas ponovo da poletis bez potvrde da je problem otklonjen. Nakon toga tek kreće agonija jer smo aviona napustili tek nakon sat vremena (čekali smo autobus oko sat vremena) i iskrcan smo na izlazu. Od tada nismo dobili nikakvu zvanicnu informaciju. Koliko je neozbiljna situacija bila nek posluži primer da smo nove karte i zvaničnu potvrdu dobili tek 15:45 (avion je trebao da poleti u 15:40). Od zvaničnika ASL niko nam se nije obratio a nismo ni obavestavani budem emaila ili telefon (da su imali nase podatke pokazuje da nam je stigla ispravka vremena poletanja za jutarnji let jer je neko upisao vreme poletanja po srpskom vremenu).
      Nije problem to što se pokvario avion ali reakcije u kriznoj situaciji je bilo katastroflna kako od lokalne ekipe (turska kompanija ) tako i ASL. Medjusobno jedni druge optužuju mada nas to ne interesuje jer mi vidimo samo ASL.


      Što se tiće LF na oba leta (dolazni i "otkazani odlazni" bilo je oko 50% popunjenost tako da nije bio problem da svi stanemo u jedan avion (redovni plus vanredni)

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  12. My prediction is that it will be either London or Paris. Malta would be good though because of all the people from southern Serbia who live there.

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    1. Sve tri porodice?

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    2. Dobro cetiri.

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    3. Linija treba da se otvori ka nekom gradu u severnoj Italiji,juznoj Nemackoj ili Svedskoj,eventualno Norveskoj.
      To sto neko ima strica na Malti nije razlog za otvaranje avio linije ka tom malom ostrvu.
      I iz Beograda je ta linija samo sezonska i odrzava se dva-tri puta nedeljno.

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  13. This is great news for Nis. Remember that the airport was completely dead just a year ago.

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    1. I hope that at least now they could get at least one flight a day.

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  14. Great news for Niš, bad news for BEG.

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    1. More competition is good news for the passengers and the economy.
      But JU and BEG airport company definitely will not like it.

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    2. Good news for Serbia and the region in general.

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    3. If you think it's not being done with their blessing... The agreement was to push Ryan and Wizz towards INI and leave BEG open for JU.

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    4. Зашто би била лоша вест за БГ.У окружењу постоје три аеродрома који су ближе од БГ,а пре свега Скопље и Софија.

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  15. I think it will be Charleroi but lets wait a few hours and see.

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  16. Maybe Stockholm ?

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    1. Nis postaje LCC centar. Kraljevacka Morava je sledeca ove jeseni. Rodney SYD✈

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    2. Roki, sa 2-3 leta INI nemože postati nikakav LCC.

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  17. Any News flights to Pristina others Stuttgart and Hamburg?

    Any news flights to Skopje others Prague?


    Thank you alls:)

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    1. why are u spamming every day

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  18. PRN Sleep....

    No News Destinations Ohters London Luton Stuttgart Hamburg??

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  19. Ryanair website is down :D

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  20. Ovo je dobra vijest za putnike. Beograd ne mora osjetiti neku konkurenciju ,ali mislim da hoće autobuseri.Nije se lako voziti sa juga Srbije busom u zapadne zemlje.Daleko je to i predaleko.

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  21. My bet is on Bratislava!

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    1. That would be interesting if it happens but somehow I don't think it will. I think it will be a western European destination.

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    2. Good call!

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  22. You already can buy a ticket from Nis to Bratislava on ryanair web site :-) From 31.10.

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  23. Bratislava je nova destinacija... 2 puta nedeljo, od 19,99

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  24. Just bought a ticket for 100 euros

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    1. Why you pay so much?

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    2. ..plus kofer 45eur po pravcu.

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    3. I guess he paid for the bag in addition to the actual flight. They are not selling tickets for 100 euros

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  25. Excellent news.
    Really cheap alternative to Vienna for Serbian, Kosovan and Macedonian passengers!

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    1. Macedonia doesnt need bcs Wizz Air flies Skopje Bratislava. Kosovans dont use Nis Airport so the route is only for Serbs ;)

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    2. Macedonians can now choose who has the cheapest flights.

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    3. I'm pretty sure both Macedonians and Kosovars will cosider those flights if the price is right, especially the latter. Ex-PRN flights are notoriously expensive. PRN-INI shuttle minivans or buses should become popular... Of course they didn't use INI - there weren't any flights in the past.

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    4. Pristina is really close from Nis and it can act as a lowcost alternative. At this point there are five destinations they can chose from, that's not nothing.

      Even if they have Wizz Air from SKP, they are still cheaper in INI.

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  26. Very interesting route! Let's see if Serbian diaspora from the Vienna catchment area is ready to invest some time in airport transfer from BTS. There transfers also bear certain cost.

    But definitely an interesting move. I hope the route succeeds and stays.

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    1. Ppl from Vienna usually fly JU to BEG and then taking the bus from Belgrade to Nis.
      The bus from Vienna Erdberg/Hauptbahnhof to BTS airport costs €5 one way (there is another one for €7.50) and it takes 40-60 min. The line operates more than once every hour (even more than that in the noon/afternoon). You would be surprised how many ppl from BEG book flights from Nis because there is a huge difference between JU and FR fares and it's worth to transfer to INI.

      Of course, 4 routes are nothing so far, but the FR strategy (I'm sure WIZZ's too) is aggressive and JU will start loosing pax very soon.

      At the end, this is amazing for Serbian ppl, they will be able to travel for very cheap like other ppl around the Europe :)

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  27. S obzirom na rastojanje izmedju dva grada,ovo je kao da je otvorena linija za Bec :)

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    1. +1
      Bad news for JU and OS flights to Vienna.

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    2. Yes, very bad news. Both airlines should pack up and look for something else to do.

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    3. I don't think he means that. Now OS and ASL will have a low cost competitor and they will have to bring their ticket prices for that route down.
      It is very good for travelers.

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    4. They won't pack up, but I can see Austrian reducing schedule to 14 per week in a year, compared to 20 today.

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    5. Anon 6:20,

      OS and JU already used to have an LCC competitor in Vienna. It was Niki and they were flying straight to VIE, not BTS.

      Back then, customers profited big time. Flights were cheaper than ever, all 3 carriers reduced their prices as much as they could.

      And the outcome? Niki pulled out, duopoly returned.

      So you may wish to wait a few moments before you start carving a tombstone for JU and OS.

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    6. Anonymous at 10:00 PM

      Are you seriously comparing Niki with Ryanair?
      They would be the last to surrender.

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    7. Niki on BEG-VIE vs FR on INI-BTS, is not a good comparison.

      I'd say JU will be really impacted: 1) below average product (i.e. AT72 2) mostly O&D passengers (at the moment, at least) and 3) an end of subsidies by year end, all spell trouble for JU.
      OS will fare better than JU, but will still feel the pain.

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    8. I did not say that Ryan will end up the same as Niki on this route. All I''m saying is that OS and JU did meet some competition on it before and guess what - they did not go bust. Just as they will not go bust now that the competition is back with its mighty 2 flights per week.

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    9. The number of frequencies might not be 'mighty' but the airline operating them sure is. Remember that FR initially said that they would not expand until S17? Look at this, two weeks after Berlin they announced Bratislava. I am sure one or two more destinations will come.

      This will primarily hurt Wizz Air and only then Air Serbia. Austrian Airlines will be fine because they can fill their three daily with transfers.

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    10. Those two planes actually represent ~11% of additional capacity on this route and will likely soon become 3 or 4 flights.

      OS has some flexibility to reduce capacity without changing the schedule (downgrade product from A319 to E195 to Q400), which is likely what will be the first reaction, but JU doesn't.

      Nobody says OS and JU will go bust , but they will feel the pain on one of the most profitable routes.

      Perfect move by Ryan and congrats again to INI.

      It would be interesting to see the routes with the highest number of O&D passengers between Serbia and EU ( this is where Ryan would likely open a new route).

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    11. VIE is not in JU's top5 routes.

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    12. Thanks!
      What about BEG-VIE route in general, as compared to other from BEG.

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  28. Prvo Berlin, posle Bratislava. Kopija Wizz-ovih linija iz Skoplja otvorenih u martu.

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  29. Can we expect any more destinations from Ryanir soon?

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    1. Of course, but for the winter that's it. New routes will be announced later on when launching the summer schedule

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    2. No, it will be one or two new routes for this winter.

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  30. OT - http://centreforaviation.com/analysis/turkish-airlines-wider-1q-loss-a-reflection-of-the-need-to-balance-growth-against-profitability-281308

    TK making bigger losses at a time when others are making record profits...

    So much for the many comments on this website that often use TK as an example of a well run airline.

    I wonder why the EU doesn't start asking questions about state subsidies against their continued access to European markets. The middle east airlines are not the only ones who should be in the spotlight on this matter

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    1. Not many airlines have all q profitable for that matter. You need to look at yearly performance also due demand seasonalities of markets etc...plus the dont have so many bombs there every quarter...dont be so quick to judge such big company over one quarterly result.

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    2. Poor job by their sales people

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    3. All the big carriers with whom TK is constantly compared to either made record profits or significantly reduced losses in Q1

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    4. Anonymous at 5.03pm makes a good point.

      If TK continues to expand and increase their losses, then as a 100% govt owned airline, this smacks of govt support and subsidies. YET, they continue to have access to US and European markets and nobody says a word.

      How so, especially when so much noise is made about the 3 middle east carriers ?

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    5. Perhaps some of you remember TK's highest ever profit, revenues and number of pax at year-end 2015?

      Forgot already?

      Will you ever, ever learn that one quarter does not mean much and it is y2y numbers that really count?

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  31. Good choice and makes perfect sense!
    Good for INI and people in South&East Serbia.

    I hope that Austrian responds with flights from LYKV now that O&D is under threat.

    my2cents

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    1. "I hope that Austrian responds with flights from Morava"

      LOL, siguran sam da im je to tačka broj 1 na današnjem sastanku upravnog odbora.

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    2. Good one Anonymous @ 5:47.
      made my afternoon.

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    3. @anon 6:20

      It took you 33min. You are getting lazy.

      I'm glad that I made your day.

      Perhaps Board didn't discuss it, but Austrian's manager for Serbia is (or at least, should be) looking at options to preserve/grow the business. One option ought to be flights from LYKV.

      Ryan will be very successfull on this route. Depending on schedule,thos route may see a decent number of connecting passengers due to FR's network from BTS.
      I thought last year that Wizz would be 1st to start this route.

      In any case, enjoy life.

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    4. Where do you guys think these 30,000 passengers will come from ? Some will be new, some from bus, but majority will be from Austrian and Air Serbia, and here is why:

      1. INI is closer than BEG for at least 25% of diaspora wh fly to VIE.
      2. Ryanair starts with ~ EUR 45 price advantage per passenger on a round trip basis (due to airport taxes only). I'd imagine that they also have significant cost advantage when it comes to crew, etc, which probably amounts to additional EUR 10 per passenger per round trip.
      Nobody can compete with that.

      This route will be a hit. I can see increase in frequencies very quickly.

      But, according to you two, aviation 'experts', Austrian will sit and do nothing about it.

      Please don't choke while laughing out loud.

      my2cents

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    5. OS and JU should decrease their duopoly prices from 120 to 90-100 euros. That will be more than enough to stop the bleeding to FR - take Ryanairs bottom prices, add luggage, add two transfers to BTS, and there you go.

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    6. You forgot to account for longer transfers to BEG as compared to INI for significant number of people.

      Also, you assume that 100% of people check the luggage. FR's carry-on allowance is better than Wizzair's.

      FR will bare open how much OS and JU have been ripping people off, which can't be good for any brand.

      FR will have some ~10% of the capacity between Serbia and Vienna, OS ~63% and JU 27%. (rough estimate). I can see FR increasing frequency rather soon as this must be one of the more profitable routes alongside BEG-TGD and BEG-TIV.

      JU will probably be more impacted due to product they have on the route and passengers who are mostly O&D (same as FR). OS is in better shape as it has connecting passengers, but will definitely feel the pain.

      Anyone can reduce the price to defend the share and lose profits.

      Before someone points how Niki was blown away, FR in not Niki.

      all the best.

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    7. Exactly, plus Niki operated into BEG where their expenses were higher and their brand recognition was non-existent.
      One thing that might harm JU is the fact that they operate the Atr on the route while their 06.50 departure out of BEG is not particularly appealing- OS' 08.00 is much better.

      Let's hope JU realizes that their own chance at survival in Vienna is to work on attracting more transfer passengers.

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  32. It will be interesting to see how Wizz will respond. Now somebody will say Wizz has bigger issues than INI (ex: FR massive expansion in SOF) which is true, but I am sure Wizz would do fine on routes such as Stockholm, Paris, Italian cities, another German route, etc. It is very unlikely that Ryanair will open the same route from INI as Wizz.

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  33. Congrats to INI from neighbouring SOF. Good to see the region finally moving. Ryan will hold a conference tomorrow in SOF, let's see how it goes.

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