Niš Constantine the Great Airport is set to announce new flights and the arrival of a third carrier next month. The head of the Regional Development Agency, Bojan Avramović, said that a third airline has confirmed plans to launch flights to Niš following talks in Zurich during the week. Both Wizz Air and Ryanair serve the southeast Serbian city. Mr Avramović refused to reveal more details, adding that an official announcement will be made in three weeks. “The management of the airport and the Agency travelled to Zurich to hold talks. We can’t disclose more at this point. The public will be informed in some twenty days. We will all be very happy”, Mr Avramović said.
The new flights are expected to begin next year, as local authorities have previously said that additional routes are not planned for 2016 other than those already announced by Ryanair. The airport’s management previously said that easyJet had expressed interest in launching services from the United Kingdom to Niš, while Pegasus Airlines was eyeing flights from Istanbul. On the other hand, the city’s tourism authority noted that either Norwegian Air Shuttle or Eurowings would announce flights to Niš by the end of the year. The city anticipates for five new routes to be added in 2017, among them Paris, Barcelona, Malta, Podgorica and Tivat.
Niš Airport estimates handling some 100.000 passengers this year and for the figure to grow to 300.000 by the end of 2017. The airport, which had no commercial flights just over a year ago, is now served by both Wizz Air and Ryanair after lowering its fees to just three euros for handling, landing and passenger services. "All those who were concerned that there wouldn't be enough travellers were mistaken, because the airport is used not only by locals, but also by people from other parts of Serbia, as well as Bulgaria, Macedonia and Kosovo", the airport's General Manager, Vladica Djurdjanović, said recently. During the January – August period, Constantine the Great Airport welcomed a record 50.554 passengers compared to the 36.258 travellers handled during the whole of 2015.