Low cost carrier Wizz Air will launch an additional two new routes from Niš Constantine the Great Airport this summer, for a total of five, with services from Eindhoven and Memmingen to commence on August 1. It comes just a week after the airline's low cost rival Ryanair announced it too was adding new services from the south-east Serbian city. The new flights will complement the airline's existing network from Niš, which includes Basel and Malmo, as well as the previously announced Dortmund service, which will commence on August 20. Wizz launched operations from Niš exactly a year ago. At the time, the airport had no commercial flights or passengers. With yesterday’s announcement, the budget carrier will offer a total of sixteen routes to six countries out of Belgrade and Niš combined. The carrier serves both Eindhoven and Memmingen from its base in the Serbian capital as well.
Commenting on its network expansion, Wizz Air's Head of Communications, Tamara Vallois, said, " We are delighted to bring more good news to our Serbian customers this summer. August is going to be a month with many reasons for celebration. Our three new routes to Germany and the Netherlands expand Serbia’s largest low fare network, giving our Serbian customers a wide choice of both leisure and business destinations to enjoy this summer, as well as stimulating inbound travel to Serbia". She added, "As the only airline operating from both Belgrade and Niš, we look forward to welcoming ever more passengers on board our Serbian flights, to experience Wizz’s lowest fares and great onboard service delivered by our Serbian colleagues".
NEW ROUTE LAUNCHES FROM NIŠ
Wizz Air's new service to Eindhoven will indirectly compete against Ryanair's planned flights from Niš to Weeze in Germany. Eindhoven and Weeze are some eighty kilometres apart. Last month, Wizz Air said it welcomed competition in the south-east Serbian city, noting it would continue to develop its own operations. Constantine the Great Airport has managed to lure the two low cost giants after reducing its fees last year, charging all airlines (both full fare and low cost) only three euros for handling, landing and passenger services. It anticipates welcoming a record 100.000 passengers this year, although this estimate is expected to be easily surpassed. By the end of the year, Niš Airport will offer direct flights to nine cities, five of which will be operated by Wizz Air and the remaining four by Ryanair.