Thursday, March 9, 2017

Wizz Air in biggest EX-YU expansion


Wizz Air will base three additional aircraft, add nineteen new routes and offer over two million seats for sale from the former Yugoslavia this coming summer season, in what will be the airline's biggest single expansion in the region to date. Skopje Airport will continue to maintain its position as the low cost carrier's largest base in the former Yugoslavia from which it will add an extra 21 weekly flights and launch four new routes. The network expansion will be made possible with the stationing of a fourth aircraft in the city from July. From Macedonia's second international airport in Ohrid, Wizz will maintain four weekly flights to Basel, up from three last year, and two weekly services to London Luton.

Departing Skopje

DestinationFrequency S2016Frequency S2017Change  Notes
Barcelona22--
Basel57▲ 2-
Beauvais22--
Bergamo22--
Berlin23▲ 1-
Bratislava24▲ 2-
Budapest02▲ 2starts APR02
Charleroi23▲ 1-
Cologne33--
Copenhagen23▲ 1-
Dortmund33--
Eindhoven23▲ 1-
Friedrichshafen22--
Gothenburg34▲ 1-
Hahn33--
Hamburg22--
Hannover02▲ 2-
London Luton55--
Malmo57▲ 2-
Malta02▲ 2starts JUL14
Memmingen33--
Nuremberg22--
Rome02▲ 2starts JUL14
Sandefjord22--
Stockholm Skavsta22--
Treviso22--
Vaxjo02▲ 2starts JUL14

Wizz Air will offer the same number of weekly departures and destinations from both Belgrade and Tuzla. The two cities will see additional frequencies on existing services, the launch of new routes and the stationing of a second Airbus A320 aircraft. As a result of Wizz Air's continued growth, Tuzla Airport now anticipates handling 480.000 passengers this year. The no frills airline will further strengthen its operations in both Serbia and Bosnia, with the carrier to up its number of flights from Niš Constantine the Great Airport to Basel from two to three weekly, while services to Dortmund, Memmingen, Eindhoven and Malmo will continue to be maintained twice per week. Meanwhile, Wizz will launch flights from Budapest to Sarajevo next month, making the Bosnian capital its second destination in the country.

Departing Belgrade

DestinationFrequency S2016Frequency S2017Change  Notes
Baden-Baden22--
Basel22--
Beauvais33--
Dortmund34▲ 1-
Eindhoven34▲ 1-
Friedrichshafen02▲ 2starts MAY19
Gothenburg23▲ 1-
Hannover02▲ 2starts MAY20
Larnaca22--
London Luton33--
Malmo45▲ 1-
Malta02▲ 2starts MAY21
Memmingen23▲ 1-
Nuremberg02▲ 2starts MAY19
Stockholm Skavsta23▲ 1-

This year will mark Wizz Air's first full summer at Podgorica Airport. The airline will introduce two weekly flights from Budapest to the Montenegrin capital and will maintain two weekly services from both Milan and Memmingen, as was the case last year. In addition, Wizz will enter the Kosovan market this summer with flights from Budapest and London Luton to Pristina, both of which will be served twice weekly. The carrier today announced it will launch seasonal summer flights between Katowice in Poland to Split, starting this June 18. Further details can be found here. It will accompany the daily seasonal service between London Luton and Split from June 17 until September 17. Summer flights between Warsaw and Split will also resume on June 17 and operate twice per week until mid-September. The airline will further expand in Croatia with the launch of its new two-weekly Basel - Osijek service, which will run on a year-round basis.

Departing Tuzla

DestinationFrequency S2016Frequency S2017Change  Notes
Basel34▲ 1-
Billund02▲ 2-
Bratislava03▲ 3starts MAR27
Cologne02▲ 2starts MAR27
Dortmund33--
Eindhoven23▲ 1-
Friedrichshafen03▲ 3starts MAR27
Gothenburg34▲ 1-
Hahn23▲ 1-
London Luton02▲ 2-
Malmo45▲ 1-
Memmingen22--
Nuremberg02▲ 2starts MAR28
Stockholm-Skavsta23▲ 1-
Vaxjo02-starts MAR23

Wizz Air will continue serving Ljubljana Airport this summer with flights from Charleroi and London Luton, operated two and four times per week, respectively. However, the airline will add capacity on its London service with the introduction of a 230-seat Airbus A321 aircraft from September 17. Please note that the changes listed in the tables above are preliminary and based on the airline's current availability as of March 9. Furthermore, the tables display the peak weekly frequency on each route during the course of the summer season. Some frequency changes might not come into effect until later on in the summer and operate for a limited period.

99 comments:

  1. They have a more impressive network from ex-Yu then some national airlines.

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    1. Yeah right especially with 2 and 3 weekly flights to most cities.

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    2. I meant destination coverage. At least out of Skopje it is pretty decent.

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    3. Skopje is the exception. The rest are still just gasterbaiter routes.

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  2. Will we ever see Wizz Air at Zagreb Airport again?

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    1. Doubt it fees are too high

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    2. Wizz did approach ZAG last year. The terms they set were so bad that ZAG rejected them. I don't think we will see them there any time soon.

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    3. I think Zagreb will need to attract a low cost airline to base a plane to become a real hub.

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    4. ZAG is not focused on LCC right now. t might sound strange, but that's the way it is. Za sada.

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    5. Alen Šćuric PurgerMarch 9, 2017 at 11:08 AM

      Absolutely true. But Wizz is the worst option.

      For Zagreb best option would be EasyJet (base in CDG and ORY, so ADPI which is operator in ZAG) or Norwegian with potential long-haul LCC in future. Those 2 companies are have the best product in LCC and will not leave in second like Ryanair or even Wizzair (BEG and ZAG example).

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    6. What about Eurowings? I always saw them as having the most potential out of ZAG.

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    7. Cim propadne OU EW dolazi.

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    8. Alen Šćuric PurgerMarch 9, 2017 at 3:51 PM

      Ne nužno. Moguće je da Lufthansa involvira Croatiu djelomično u Eurowings (kao samostalni brend poput Brusselsa, ili kao dio Eurowingsa) a dio u CityLine (i opet u obije ove kombinacije). Lufthansa može Croatiu zadržati kao brend i pravnu osobu radi bitno nižih troškova poslovanja, što ne znači da de facto neće biti samo Eurowingsova /Citylineova podružnica.

      Druga opcija je pokretanje baze Eurowingsa neovisno o Croatiji. I to u slučaju da Croatia nastavi funkcionirati po sadašnjim načelima (dok ide), ili da se proda trećoj kompaniji (koja nije LH grupa), ili da se čak i proda LH, ali da LH ovdje vuće dva brenda. Ova posljednja opcija je najmanje realna obzirom na trenutnu strategiju LH.

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    9. OU is here to stay.
      Don't wish something that can happen to you.
      Hope you get the point.

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  3. It will be interesting to compare Wizz passenger numbers in Belgrade and Tuzla this summer and see who came out on top since they will have the same number of flights.

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    1. You can't compare an airport that is pretty much only served by one airline and and airport that has many legacy carriers as well as other LCC who fly to same or similar destinations.

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  4. wow Wizz finally offering daily flights! Good for Skopje.

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  5. Nice. Ryanair and easy jet are falling behind.

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    1. In Croatia it is quite the opposite :D

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    2. Alen Šćuric PurgerMarch 9, 2017 at 11:21 AM

      In Croatia there is domination of Eurowings in Croatia, they fly absolutely to every city exempt BWK + they are the biggest LCC in ZAG.

      Domination:
      ZAG - Eurowings 4 routes
      SPU - eaysJet 18 routes
      DBV - easyJet 12 routes
      ZAD - Ryanair 12 routes
      PUY - eaysJet, Norwegian and Eurowings with 4 routes easch
      RJK - Eurowings 5 routes

      All together last year:
      1. Eurowings 34 routes (but 4 of them all year)
      2. EasyJet 34 routes
      3. Norwegian 23 routes
      4. Ryanair 19 routes
      5. Jet2 12 routes

      All togeter LCC from Croatia 160 rotues last year.

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    3. And they plan to start BWK next year too!

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  6. It's good to see them finally introducing something new out of BEG. I still think Barcelona would be worth a try for them from BEG, at least seasonal.

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    1. How are they doing on SKP-BCN flight?

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    2. Very good acually! The flights always depart with just 4 to 10 empty seats! So around 174 ppl on each flight

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  7. Nothing new from Ljubljana :(

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    1. I don't think they have any specific plan to expand out of Ljubljana unless Adria goes belly up.

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  8. EasyJet: What an EPIC FAIL for not starting SKP-BSL.
    (Ah Stelios Stelios ....)

    same goes to Ryanair fot not picking up SKP-FCO/CIA after Alitalia left

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    1. I don't understand why easy jet is ignoring Skopje. They seem to be doing quite well in Pristina.

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    2. it must be a political reason(we know who the largest shareholder is)

      to give away a cash cow like Switzerland is unbelievable especially when u know its functioning

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    3. Stelios is not member of board for years now. He dose not decide. Unlike Wizzair and Ryanair who open several basis in 200 km radius, easyJet does not have this practice (of course there are some examples of it, but as principle they don't do it).

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    4. As we've seen at least in the last 7 years Greeks haven't necessarily made the wisest decissions elsewhere either...

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    5. Only in the casinos near the border in Gevgelija ;) :D

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  9. W6 BEG-TIV double daily would be packed. Would kill of JU-YM monopoly too.

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    1. Agree but they have no rights to start this route.

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  10. There is going to be some competition between Wizz and Air Serbia on flights to Malta. Air Serbia has responded by starting the flights at the start of the summer season instead of June like they used to. Wonder who will prevail. I think Wizz has the upper hand here.

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    1. JU was packed on flights to Malta last year. I think the market can sustain another 2 weekly flights.

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    2. How large is the Serbian diaspora in Malta? I mean 5 weekly flights BEG-MLA in summer is A LOT!

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    3. It is not so much about the diaspora as it is about people going on holiday there. I assume all the tour groups will now go by Wizz. Until a few years ago Jat used to fly year round to MLA.

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    4. Finally some official maltese data

      2011: 541 Serbs in Malta
      2016: 1,246 Serbs working in Malta

      "In April 2016 there were 1,468 Filipinos working in Malta, topping the list of third country nationals working in Malta. The second largest group on the list is made up of 1,246 Serbs."

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    5. Unbelievable! Thanks for sharing!

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    6. I suspect JU will pull off the MLA route or put an ATR in place. Wizz Air rocks

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    7. If JU can keep its fares to Malta at a decent level then they will be fine. I just flew on JU to LCA for the first time since 2013 and I have to say that the difference in the overall experience is quite noticeable. Flying with JU is far more enjoyable and the crew is far more professional.

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    8. Anon 9:51,

      Tour groups use charter flights which Wizz cannot operate from Serbia. That slice of the cake will go to JU. Wizz can count on individual holidaymakers as well as lower-income diaspora from Malta.

      It is also worth noticing that Malta does not enjoy a galore of connections. They have a good choice but it's not crazily good (especially eastwards). I think JU could also count on some locals whose travel plans would match the JU network.

      I would be cautious with predictions of Wizz's victory here. LCCs do a great job in connecting Malta to the UK but in the continental Europe anything can happen.

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    9. That is so not true. LCC have contract with tour operator and sell them group tickets by special condition.

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    10. They don't in Belgrade.

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  11. Really big expansion in ex-YU this year. My money is that the next base they open will be PRN.

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    1. Why? They have more flights from Nis and Podgorica then from Pristina.

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    2. I think it has more potential and s larger market.

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    3. Wizz will base a plane in Pristina but I doubt it will happen before visas are abolished and there is no indication when that will happen.

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  12. Wizz Air pretty much created the market in Macedonia. Well done.

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  13. Underserved destinations: SJJ, TIA, DBV, INI, PDV, TBS!
    Ryanair are sneaking in cities where Wizz are still not present or little presence e.g. Oradea, many Polish cities, Plovdiv. They'd better hurry before the bigger shark gets it all.

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    1. Is INI really that underserved? I mean INI is doing great but other than a few more routes I don't see more demand for INI.

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  14. Shame about SJJ. They wanted to start a few destinations but talks fell apart :/ I still hope they manage to find some agreement with them.

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  15. Why hasn't any LCC started donestic flights in Croatia. There must be potential for ZAG-DBV and ZAG-SPU.

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    1. OU has that covered

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    2. Alen Šćuric PurgerMarch 9, 2017 at 11:33 AM

      There is potential for ZAG-DBV all year, but ZAG-SPU for sure not. It is just 3 hours by car on modern highway, CTN has 32 weekly flights and there are huge number of flights and destinations in season out of SPU. So, even in top season there is no potentials for LCC on that route.

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    3. Downtown Zagreb to downtown Split is about 4 hours driving, with moderate traffic.

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    4. Alen Šćuric PurgerMarch 9, 2017 at 6:41 PM

      Never, but never did it more than 3 hours!

      Of course you can do it in 6 hours if you want. It depends how you drive. But most of people here do it in 3 hours.

      Even if it is 4 hours (and it is not) there is no potential for LCC. Even Croatia downsize capacity, and today most of flights are with Q400, unlike before when same frequencies were mostly with A319/A320.

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    5. C'mon Purger, there is no way that in June-Aug. you can make it in 3 hours. Only if you drive in the middle of the noć.

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    6. Purgeru, mozemo te prijaviti policiji ako ne postujes ogranicenja brzine? Nije prvi put da to izjavljujes.

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    7. Alen Šćuric PurgerMarch 9, 2017 at 11:56 PM

      Ja pošteno platim kaznu svaki puta kad me ulove. Bez ikakve rasprave na licu mjesta. Do Splita i nije potrebno pretjerano kršiti ograničenja ako želiš stići za 3 sata.

      Rijetko kada idem prema Splitu u top sezoni, daleko više izvan sezone. A i u radnim danima je OK. Cirkus je od petka popodne, do nedjelje kasno navečer. I te dane izbjegavam vožnju dolje. Ili idem avionom ili ne idem (dogovorim druge termine sastanaka). Ali radnim danima možeš proći bez ikakvih prablema i u top sezoni. Ostale mjesece autoput je prazan.

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  16. 42 nedeljna leta iz Beograda. Nije lose, ali im nece biti dovoljno za potrebnih 500k kako bi ostvarili popust na sve usluge aerodroma, 2018 -2019 verovatno da.

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    1. I think people here fail to understand that the total number of pax is a sum of both departures and arrivals. In order to get the BEG airport discount, you need 500K departing pax, ie. ~1 million pax in total.

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    2. So basically no one other than Air Serbia will ever be able to get these. Let's hope when the concession is done the new management changes this.

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    3. The new management cannot change anything because the incentive scheme was not created by the airport - it is part of the government's guidance for national air traffic development. The airport simply follows that guidance which is mandatory for them as well as any other airport in Serbia.

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    4. @12:36

      Of course they can. They just need to base 5-6 aircraft, rather than 1-2, and miracles will start to happen. If they rather not invest in this market, they should continue paying fees as they are.

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  17. OT: Wizzair pilot asks Slovenian ATC about Barca PSG result :D
    https://www.facebook.com/sierra5.net/videos/1461320123918459/

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  18. Nice expansion. What I would give to see them start flying from Banja Luka.

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    1. If it wasn't for corrupt politicians they would have been flying there before Tuzla even.

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  19. Potential Wizz bases in my oppinion are PRN, TGD and SJJ. I'm just not sure the market is big enough for a base in INI.

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  20. They could always come here to Maribor... oh no wait we now have SHS Aviation with flights to Nanjing.

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    1. Maribor will be congested with 15 A330's, LCCs cannot have a quick turnaround there.

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  21. Wizz just announced in Poland connection between Katowice and Split. Starting June 17, two times a week (Wednesday and Sunday).

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  22. This is peanuts compared to what Ryanair is doing.

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    1. This blog covers exYU territory where Wizz clearly dominates the LCC segment. What Ryanair does outside of exYU is a different topic.

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    2. Alen Šćuric PurgerMarch 9, 2017 at 11:38 AM

      Wizz is not so much ahead of Eurowings and even easyJet is not so far away. So it is not so "clearly"!

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    3. Wizz is dominant in 4 exYU countries, Eurowings and EasyJet in one.

      Also, the other Anon's argument was about Ryanair so my response primarily considered the Wizz-Ryan distribution.

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    4. It is not 4, but 3 (Serbia, Macedonia and BiH)

      But in that country there is more passengers than in those 3 combined.

      * easyJet and Eurowings dominate in Kosovo.

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  23. It's a it surprising that they are flying LGW to SKP, BEG, TZL and soon PRN even though all need visas to enter the UK. And getting a UK visa is expensive and a real nuisance (at least here in Serbia). It takes longer than getting a US visa.

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    1. There are hundred thousands Macedonian citizens who are EU citizens mainly Bulgarian citizenship but also others!

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    2. Macedonian 'intellectuals' have all immigrated to London. Skopje - London is always full cabin irrespective of no-subsidies for this route, but truth is, 2/3 of the flight go to EU/EEA gates because of UK/ Bulgarian passports. Wonder how is this going to work post-Brexit.

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    3. @OP

      Actually, getting the US visa is an extremely fast and straighforward process. Unlike what used to be applying for the Schengen visa, and most certainly unlike anything related to the UK visa.

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  24. They are doing LTN. Also, they are not catering to tourist traffic on these routes. It is mostly for those working in the UK who do not need visas to travel, or for business traffic for whom getting visas is easier than tourists.

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  25. Wizzair maiden flights .Do you know if any special cake (before departing or after arrival) for pax flying in these occasions are provided? Water canon welcome? (I,m considering the inaugural flights ex Budapest e.g. Sarajevo, Podgorica, Pristina, Tirana...

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    1. Wizzair maiden flights to new destinations.

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    2. They usually do. In Skopje at least they always do a cake and water cannon salute ;)

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  26. Wizz Air immigration services from Skopje !

    Skopje needs serious business lines to Sofia, Athens, Bucharest, Moscow and Warsaw!

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  27. Skopje now has very long list of routes provided by Wizz. Which destinations you guys think will work from SKP which are currently not served but Wizz is operating at that airport? Do you guys think 2x weekly to Baden-Baden and Warsaw will work?

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    1. Warsaw, Birmingem, Moskva, Athens......

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  28. OT: wizzair will inaugurate twice weekly flights from KTW to SPU from June and from may Eurowings twice weekly service to MUC

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    1. It says in the article. There is even a link to the schedule.

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  29. Correction: Tuzla-Bratislava is 3 weekly

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  30. Kakve su sanse za dolazak wizzair ili easyyet na bwk u sezonskim mjesecima?
    Rayanair?transavia?ili pak netko treci..ima li potencijala?

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