Wizz Air has announced the launch of two new routes from its base in Tuzla and an additional service from Skopje, bringing its total number of new destinations from the former Yugoslavia this year to fourteen. The budget carrier will introduce two weekly flights from Tuzla to Billund and Berlin, starting October 31 and December 17 respectively. As a result, it will now offer a total of ten routes to five countries from Tuzla. Wizz Air launched operations from Bosnia and Herzegovina's third largest city in 2013 and is credited for bringing life back to the once deserted airport. During the first half of the year, Tuzla Airport handled 141.600 passengers, an increase of 46.8% compared to the same period in 2015.
Commenting on the new route launches, Wizz Air's Head of Communications, Tamara Vallois, said, "We are delighted to be announcing two new attractive destinations from Tuzla. We have brought low fares to Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2013 and in only a few years Tuzla has become a stable base with already ten attractive low-fare routes available for our Bosnian customers". She added, "Low fare connections to five countries in Europe stimulate the local market by creating more jobs in aviation and hospitality sectors, strengthening business relations between the countries and bringing people the opportunity to discover Europe’s fantastic cities at affordable prices".
On the other hand, Wizz Air will introduce two weekly flights from Skopje to Hanover. It marks the fifth new destination to be launched by the low cost airline from Skopje this year, following Berlin, Bratislava, Copenhagen and Hamburg. Services to Hanover will run each Tuesday and Saturday starting October 31. It has been suggested that the budget airline might base a fourth aircraft in the Macedonian capital later this year. "We are thrilled to be bringing great news to our Macedonian consumers. Wizz Air brought low fares to Macedonia in 2011 and since then has continuously invested in Skopje, currently basing three aircraft in the Macedonian capital. Our two million passenger milestone, which has been just passed earlier this year, also proves the great demand for affordable air travel in the country. The new route to Hanover will offer another outstanding low fare connection to one of the biggest business and culture hubs in Germany while stimulating tourism and hospitality sectors in Macedonia", Ms Vallois said.
Wizz Air has significantly expanded its operations out of the former Yugoslavia this year with new routes from Belgrade, Niš, Podgorica and Split, in addition to Skopje and Tuzla. Furthermore, the airline is expected to launch state-subsidised flights from Budapest to Sarajevo, Pristina, Skopje and Podgorica later this year. Further flight details for the new route launches from Tuzla and Skopje can be found on the links below.
Wizz Air's new routes from EX-YU in 2016
|Skopje||Bratislava, Berlin, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Hanover|
|Niš||Eindhoven, Dortmund, Memmingen|