Turkey's Pegasus Airlines and budget carrier easyJet have shown interest in launching services to Niš Constantine the Great Airport. According to the airport's General Manager, Vladica Djurdjanović, Pegasus is considering introducing flights from Istanbul, while easyJet would launch operations from the United Kingdom. It comes just a week after the head of Niš's Tourism Organisation noted that both Norwegian Air Shuttle and Eurowings are eyeing future flights to the south-east Serbian city. According to the airport's management, a greater emphasis is being put on attracting more low cost operators. "Unlike national carriers, budget airlines offer passengers lower fares and are not as demanding when it comes to airport services. We are well equipped and strategically located, which will be evident in our annual passenger results", Mr Djurdjanović said.
Pegasus has been interested in launching services to Niš for almost a year. Last July, the carrier requested additional information, as well as general terms and conditions, from the airport. It is currently in the process of analysing the data. The Turkish carrier maintains flights from Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Belgrade. On the other hand, easyJet has been expanding in the region with new services to Croatia and Montenegro this year. The airline currently serves Belgrade with a single route from Geneva, but has previously operated flights from both Rome and Milan to the Serbian capital. Niš is trying to attract low cost carriers with its three euro charge for handling, landing and passenger services, a policy which has proven successful in drawing both Wizz Air and Ryanair to the once sleepy airport.
Due to increased traffic and the planned arrival of new carriers, Niš Airport has recently begun tender procedures aimed at developing project documentation for the expansion of its passenger terminal. The deadline for the tender has been set for July 4. The airport is looking at expanding both check-in and security areas and plans to handle 380, both arriving and departing, passengers at the same time. During the first five months of 2016, Niš welcomed 26.380 travellers through its doors. It aims to triple its passenger numbers to 300.000 by the end of next year.