Saturday, March 18, 2017

Eurowings to launch Skopje service


German low cost carrier Eurowings will enter the Macedonian market this winter with the launch of its new service between Munich and Skopje. Flights will run twice per week, each Tuesday and Thursday, starting October 31 with an Airbus A320 aircraft. The Lufthansa subsidiary has expressed interest in launching flights from Dusseldorf to Skopje as well. Commenting on the new route, the General Manager of airport operator TAV Macedonia, Alper Ersoy, previously noted, "Passengers will not only benefit from new flights to Germany but also from intercontinental links, offered by parent company Lufthansa". The no frills carrier will become the second new airline to introduce flights to the Macedonian capital this year, following Qatar Airways this summer.

Eurowings faces no direct competition on its new service between Munich and Skopje. However, Wizz Air operates flights between the Macedonian capital and Memmingen, which serves as a low cost alternative to Munich. Eurowings will expand its operations in the former Yugoslavia this summer, with its focus being primarily on the Croatian leisure market. In addition, the airline is currently in discussions over the introduction of flights between Stuttgart and Mostar and has expressed interest in launching operations to Niš during 2017, as well as the Croatian island of Brač next year. Apart from Croatia, the carrier also serves Belgrade, Pristina and Sarajevo within the former Yugoslavia and will commence services to Tivat this summer as well. Germany is one of Macedonia's main country markets. Skopje Airport currently boasts flights to nine cities in Germany, including Berlin, Cologne, Dortmund, Friedrichshafen, Hahn, Hamburg, Hannover, Memmingen and Nuremberg. All of them are operated by Wizz Air.

Complementing its new service to Skopje, Eurowings will also introduce flights between Dusseldorf and Zagreb on October 31, while its new seasonal service between Munich and Split, which is set to launch on April 27, has been extended to run on a year-round basis. In addition, the airline will extend its seasonal service from Dusseldorf to Split throughout the winter months. Lufthansa has made Eurowings its main focus in the battle with market leaders Ryanair and easyJet for passengers in Europe and a vehicle for consolidation. It is set to become Europe's third largest low cost carrier after deals to lease 33 crewed planes from Air Berlin and to take over Brussels Airlines, which will lift its fleet to 180 planes from 93 by 2018.

Flight details for Eurowings' new Munich - Skopje service can be found here.

117 comments:

  1. That's very good news for travellers. They could have also looked into Ohrid too on a seasonal basis.

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  2. At least it's not Wizz :D

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    1. Gott sei Dank mal was anderes!

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  3. Dusseldorf-Skopje would also be great.

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  4. Good news for Skopje, but it's just another uninspirational gasterbeiter route.

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    1. Munich gasterbeiter route ??? Sorry are you OK??

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    2. LOL !! Munich the 7th biggest airport in Europe is uninspirational? haha!

      the joke of the day

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  5. *Admin Fix the mistake, type of aircraft is a320 with 174 seats not a319

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  6. Unlike Wizz they can attract transfer passengers

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  7. Eurowings is really focusing on ex-Yu lately.

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    1. Yes and that is ban news for JU and the transfer traffic it handles through BEG.

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    2. Your obsessed with JU. PS JU does not fly to Munich.

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    3. sad JP i OU mogu da se povuku iz Skopja, a i JU nece profitirati.

      ATCO

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    4. da da evo za par dena i ce da se povuce, btw - zato je i JP skoro duplirao frekfencije za Skopje od 7 na 12!

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    5. I do think this will hurt JP and OU somewhat.

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    6. Of course it will, especially OU which is kind of struggling in SKP

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  8. So, no LH soon to SKP. What a pity.
    Wizz should launch SKP-OHD asap just like domestic flights in Romania, Polska and Bulgaria. There will be too much demand for domestic flights.

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    1. as long as the current OS capacity to SKP is enough for the Star Alliance we will not see LH at SKP

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    2. they add +1 freq. in late may from 12 to 13 weekly

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    3. yep, there is stil room for OS to go double daily and then we will see LH

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    4. Hahahaha good one. And JU should lunch double daily BEG-INI, right?

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  9. 80% of SKP´s destinations are based on 3 countries: Germany, Switzerland and Sweden. Amazing isn´t it?

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    1. 8 Germany; 4 Sweden; 1 Swiss = 13 from total 27, so it's not 80%.... don't be silly

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    2. and yet the legacy carriers of Germany and Sweden have zero flights to SKP! (Lufthansa and SAS)

      What a misery! this is more amazing to me

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    3. Is there a conspiracy theory you'd like to point out or what?

      I don't see anything amazing or weird in it, considering that these three countries host majority of the Macedonian diaspora in Europe.

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    4. Sva ta koka koja se smrce znaci leti avionima Wizza. Normalno.

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    5. What do you expect? Ibiza, Fuertaventura and Mallorca? Or BA, SAS, AF? Who can afford it? The only sustainable routes are the gasties ones (mostly Albanians visiting home lands). There is zero business traffic, low holiday traffic, some transfers that go mostly via IST. That's it. Once Tirana and PRN get decent LCC connections, SKP will suffer the most...

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    6. Yeah but I don't want SKP to suffer, I want it to thrive!

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    7. I think people are forgetting to mention INI which is growing. They are also going to steal a share of SKP's passengers.

      Wizz Air has already increased Bern and Dortmund. I am sure Ryanair will too.

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    8. and i think you overestimate the impact of INI to SKP

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    9. SKP will grow sustainably when it builds it own passenger base. This will happen when the country solves its ridiculous disputes with other countries, integrates itself more into the EU, attracts business (passengers) and tourists. Then there will be more space for legacy airlines and less dependence on the mismanagement of let say PRN

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    10. People always like to underestimate Serbia in terms of aviation. I love how you say that PRN's growth will impact SKP but INI makes no difference. How sad your life must be.

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    11. Lol, easy with ur pitiful statements, having inferiority complex, much? I said mismanagement of PRN, if u want I can gladly claim it about INI too, if it will make you feel better lol.

      And regarding Serbia, which I didn't even mention in my comments, it is too centralized to have 2 major airports. So yes, imo, INI is much less of a threat to SKP than a well managed PRN

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    12. Anon 12:09 PM: the issue is not others underestimation of Serbia in terms of aviation - its rather your own overestimation of the same.
      PRN and SKP have both more than 1,5 pax a year and here u r claiming that INI with its 200 000 is suddenly a major player in this game.

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    13. SKP can attract more LCC but let them be leisure ones at least. But yeah, I agree with the rest that most destinations are gastie ones which is not too bad but business LCC traffic is important too.
      SKP is connected to 10 cities in Germany! Unbelievable!

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    14. You can mock and belittle INI as much as you want but we will see who will have the last laugh as more Albanians from Kosovo switch to INI.

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    15. At least INI will have LX unlike SKP. LOL

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    16. INI is only 200km away from SKP. Both airports are still regional and rely entirely on LCC, so please stop comparing the sizes of your cocks. It´s just nice to see more connections to the region.

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    17. I think next year INI will handle at least 500.000 passengers.

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    18. make INI great again :D

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    19. By the time INI reaches 500 000 (if ever achieved), SKP will reach 2,5 mln. Besides SKP already covers ALL the destinations flown from/to INI.

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    20. There are far more chances of INI reaching 500.000 than SKP reaching 2.5 million.

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    21. Mind you, INI-DTM will be served as many times as SKP-DTM. More to come.

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    22. And Austrian may even move from SKP to INI and even open a base there, only time will show

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    23. and even if INI-DTM somehow canibalizes SKP-DTM, then as announced, EW will open SKP-DUS which is a way better option than flying to DTM with wizzair because its an international hub and can offer transfer connections to all over.. furthermore EW even officially a LCC has a way better service than Wizzair and can offer transfer options via mother LH

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    24. Anon 4:38 and also cows can fly

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    25. Anon 4.38

      Not really, INI seems to be LX territory as far as LH Group goes. Let's see what happens. They are already heavily advertizing it. I am sure they would have done the same for SKP if they flew there.

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      You think W6 won't be able to compete with EW?

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    26. Fiat and Michelin are only two of the many companies from the economic heart of Balkan. Enough business potential, go INI

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    27. SKP is a capital city, INI is not.
      However, INI gets LX and FR while SKP gets more W6 destinations. INI has Weeze and Eindhoven while SKP doesn't have Weeze. The 2 airports are quite current different but surely competing.

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    28. Doesn't matter if INI is the capital city or not. SKP and INI attract the same kind of passengers, diaspora travel.

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    29. LX and INI i totally dont get it... LX failed all over ex yu and its somehow gonna make it in INI... aw well..

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    30. I guess it has more chances there than QR in SKP. Aw well...

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    31. The last time I checked they didn't fail in BEG.

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    32. SKP , PRN and INI will all grow regardless. people are emigrating. stop your silly whos bigger discussion

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    33. Comparing INI to SKP is like comparing SKP to BEG.

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    34. Question is if INI really stealing traffic from SKP or vice versa? Will INI connect legacy carriers? Cargo is blooming too vs SKP.

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    35. Btw, PRN being in the middle between SKP and INI is more probable to lose passengers to both than SKP to INI. But, having in mind that SKP has a better infrastructure and already bigger established network of destinations (and growing), is more probable to get the most of those passengers not choosing PRN. And anyways, SKP is still recording growth and probable will do so too in the future. Proportionally SKP in regards to INI would take a very little damage from it, if any.

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    36. Who let the INI trolls out?

      chill down

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    37. The thing is that people from PRN who used SKP in the past might switch to INI now. Don't forget that INI did say they are seeing more and more passengers from that area, not to mention that they have also advertized there.

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    38. Also, INI has a lot larger catchment area than SKP. Don't forget about central and eastern Serbia.

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    39. SKP is managed by the Turks while INI by the Serbian government. However, it's impressive how they managed to make it a decent, nice little airport. The new website is cool and very useful. I think INI will grow and sustain the region. If FR or W6 base an a/c then, yes SKP will be in trouble as the apt taxes of INI are cheaper. You can fly from INI-Weeze for 30€ luggage included!

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    40. yeah, we got it.. SKP will be in trouble because of INI and you are the divine nation.

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    41. Take it easy, the competition will be very interesting. SKP can persuade LX and TK Cargo ;-P

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    42. Well, they can try... don't know if they'll make it. :P

      Maybe if Anadolujet launches its cargo division they will consider SKP. LOL

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    43. You cannot compare SKP to new, wannabe INI. INI used to rely on Montenegro Airlines to generate traffic, but YM got into trouble because of Daliborka. INI became a ghost airport while SKP grew.
      SKP has much more flights per day vs INI and the traffic will never be stolen. SKP also will soon have QR so people from INI will use the airport.
      INI has no bus connection to the downtown and lots of work to be done.
      I think INI should learn from SKP - this way both airports will compete with each other and then even enjoy more flights and destinations offered, they will not be doubled.

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    44. Alen Šćuric PurgerMarch 19, 2017 at 2:10 AM

      INI is not managed by Serbian government but Niš city government.

      It is not true that INI has no connection to downtown.

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  10. If the planes are filling well, there is a pretty good assumption that Eurowings will launch flights to Skopje from both Dusseldorf and Stuttgart, although competing with their own PRN routes.

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  11. Oh great... yet another LCC in SKP.

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    1. Hey, having Eurowings is a very good thing, especially the connection flights it offers. Don't be so negative.

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  12. Eurowings is a LCC but it lands to one of the major hubs in Europe meaning improved transfer opportunities from SKP.
    Having said that, i do hope that airfares with legacy carriers from SKP will finally be reduced.
    TK has high prices, QR entering didn't change things,,, lets c if something will happen after EW.

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  13. Does Eurowings offer connceting flight? I have tried to book via their website, via Lufthansa website and other booking providers but there seems to be no connecting possibilities via Munich..

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  14. Why is JU not interested in MUC? I feel the route would be a success as I know a lot of people that use alternative airports in the surrounding in order to reach BEG. LH is expensive in most of the cases ...Especially with their "light fare"

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    1. LH Belgade-Munich, Wizzair Belgrade - Memmingen(Munich west)

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    2. Add to that Wizz Air BEG-NUE.

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    3. I remember quite well that BEG-MUC used to be flown 3 times a day by LH. I think the demand has went down especially with FMM flights. Wizz hurted LH on this route.

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    4. JU flew to MUC but had no chance against LH.

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    5. FMM pax are gastos, 85% are people that have never seen an airplane of LH or any other company. totally new market created

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  15. I will not fly Eurowings, another LCC to Skopje - come on, it's ridiculous!

    Lufthansa is disrespecting the market of the capital of MKD - a rare European country whete it does not fly there directly. It doesn't let people who can afford "normal" airlines to have a direct flight to any airport in Germany!

    Me and my family don't like LCC and we like arriving to the destination with minimum hustle! So go ahead Eurowings -fly without us!

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    1. lol se iznasmeav posteno

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    2. sedete si doma

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    3. So you drive to Germany instead, non-stop....

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    4. EW will either way fill its seats without you Anon 2:35pm. It´s your choice not to choose LCC, it´s a free democracy :) take the car or fly via VIE instead. Ciao.

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    5. Or OU via ZAG! You'll get to experience the new terminal. :)

      Let them fly on their cheap airlines.

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    6. Does the new zag terminal offer a senator lounge?

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    7. Read the article from Thursday there is a whole section about the lounge with photos.

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    8. "Does the new zag terminal offer a senator lounge?"

      No, just a contract lounge, which will hopefully be better than the current laughable one.

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    9. well if theres only this lounge in ZAG then it will be the SEN lounge as well- I can hardly imagine that there won't be a SEN lounge at an airport of a capital city of a European country

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    10. What are you talking about? SEN lounges only exist at LH hubs and a few select international airports. OU hasn't even been able to muster its own business lounge for decades, why would they suddenly have one now?

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  16. Immigration routes no European Union!

    Skopje needs lines to Athens and Sofia first of all!

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    1. Or Moscow! Maybe it's time for LO to look at SKP. The market is bigger than TGD.

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    2. We dont need Russia! We have visa issues with Russia. We need better cooperation with Bulgaria and Greece first of all! We don't have regular route nor seasonal (summer) routes which is a disaster!

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    3. agree with Athens and Sofija, also major trade partners

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    4. FB used to do SOF-SKP a couple of years ago but the schedule times were horrible and the service didn´t last long mainly due to poor LF. Distance from SKP to SOF is only 3h by car which makes it challenging. Sadly, there is no business traffic but mainly MK students in Bulgaria or Bulgarians visiting Ohrid.
      As for ATH, it´s a stupid, idiotic political thing regarding the country´s name. ATH is connected to all Balkan capitals except SKP :(

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    5. Actually Sarajevo is also another Balkan capital not to have a link with Athens.

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    6. Dont write stupid comments. Belgrad-Zagreb is also 3h, or Belgrad-Sofia or Sarajevo-Sofia there are link! There should be Skopje Sofia there is a big demand as time pass!

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    7. Belgrade-Zagreb is NOT 3h, it's 3h45 at best, with an empty border.

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    8. Yes, but Belgrat only increases flights to Skopie during the summer, which is a pity. 2 daily flights must be maintained throughout the whole year. Even 3 daily in the very peak season.

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    9. What's Belgrat and Skopie?

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    10. Sofia and Athens are European Union too

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    11. Well, not really.

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  17. Total destinations SKP: 39 (including charters + future)
    Total Wizzair: 27 (incl. future) = 70% share
    Total Germany: 10 - 25,6%
    Countries covered: SLO, HR, TR, QR, CH, DE, IT, FR, BE, NL, SK, HU, SE, NO, DK, CZ, GR, UAE, UK, SRB (total 20) not bad.

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  18. Do you guys think that there's room for Eurowings to launch flights from BEG? Maybe Berlin? I don't know for Cologne cause that market seems to be saturated with DUS, DTM from both BEG and INI and NRN from INI, or I'm wrong? What about Munich?

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    1. EW already flies to BEG from STR but only two and a half months in summer.

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  19. Eurowings From Hamburg to Tuzla is The Best

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  20. Tuzla read to 500 000 Eurowings is the best airline company to tuzla in tuzla are Wizz air is the operator . COME EUROWINGS TO TUZLA

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  21. Lets see who wins in 2017..SKP,LJU or PRN...? TIA has already surpassed 2 million in 2016.

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    1. Be careful INI is very hot right now. And by now I mean 2017. By 2017 I mean that is the year for INI to be hot.

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    2. True!

      http://www.exyuaviation.com/2017/02/nis-airport-terminal-overhaul-advances.html

      Lets see if there will be new destinations this year!!

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    3. They are super hot. They went from 10.000 passengers a year to 300.000 this year and they are fixing their terminal in record time.

      They are definitely an airport to watch, especially since their costs are much lower than at SKP or PRN.

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    4. ¿Next Wizzair base maybe?

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    5. Nis has a superb website.

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    6. True to all dat.

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