Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Wizz considering new routes from Sarajevo


Wizz Air is revisiting plans to launch flights from Sarajevo Airport to several European cities. It comes after talks between the two sides over possible new routes stalled last year due to high airport fees. However, a new incentives scheme launched in December 2016 has made operations from the Bosnian capital more affordable. The low cost airline launched its first route to Sarajevo this morning, with the Hungarian government subsidising two weekly services from Budapest. Commenting on potential new flights, Sarajevo Airport's spokeswoman, Sanja Bagrić Arnaut, said, "Following a positive experience with this new route, Wizz Air will probably decide to launch some other flights from Sarajevo Airport as well".

Wizz Air's CEO, Jozsef Varadi, previously said, "We need to make a proper commercial agreement with Sarajevo. We are in talks with Sarajevo Airport but they are simply too expensive. They need to lower their costs. The country is absolutely right for our business plan”. In addition, the company has noted, "After Tuzla, which continues to be our main base in Bosnia and Herzegovina, we intend on establishing flights from Sarajevo, which we consider a very important destination. Furthermore, we are also interested in investing in Sarajevo Airport". Talks between the two sides commenced last May and continued into the summer, however, little progress was made thereafter. Low cost carriers have generally avoided Sarajevo Airport due to a double tax surcharge. Apart from a standard eighteen euro fee per passenger, travellers are also subjected to an additional ten euro Federal tax, introduced in 2005. Both Tuzla and Mostar airports have been exempt from the additional charge.

Sarajevo Airport is confident that its new incentives policy will lead to Wizz Air opening new routes from the airport. "Each airline conducts its own commercial analysis of the market and feasibility studies. What we do is offer incentives for the launch of new destinations, incentives based on the number of passengers carried on an annual basis, as well as incentives for an increase in frequencies", Ms Bagrić Arnaut noted. Wizz Air is introducing a total of nineteen new routes from cities in the former Yugoslavia during the course of this summer. On the other hand, Sarajevo will also see the arrival of several new airlines, with TUIfly Belgium recently launching services from Charleroi, while Atlasglobal will commence flights from Istanbul and Nesma Airlines will run seasonal services from Riyadh.

98 comments:

  1. If they started off the same way they did in Pristina with Luton flights that would be great.

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  2. From what I hear they also have a different fuel supplier at SJJ compared to other airlines which is probably cheaper and a step in the right direction for them to introduce more flights.

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    1. Do any other airlines use them? This could be a good development for attracting more LCCs.

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  3. It's only a matter of time.

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  4. Does anyone know the loads for the Wizz Budapest-Sarajevo flight this morning? Somehow I'm not sure how this route can survive. An A320 between these two cities without any connecting traffic is way too massive.

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    1. Try kayak.com and a rather extensive Wizz Air network is available for connection via BUD.

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    2. It's being subsidised I think for 2 or 3 years. So the losses won't matter much.

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    3. Same goes for the BUD-PRN,TGD and SKP flights. There is a reason no one else is flying these routes.

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    4. 360 seats to Budapest each week isn't easy to fill. Adria would have been much better suited for these routes with their CRJs.

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    5. LF this morning. BUD-SJJ 83%, SJJ-BUD 45%

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    6. BUD-SJJ loads are good but SJJ-BUD is not great.

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    7. Alen Šćuric PurgerApril 5, 2017 at 11:12 AM

      BUD-SJJ LF is normal for LCC, even in April
      SJJ-BUD is more than bad.

      But as this route is subsided, it does not meter.

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    8. with 45% LF subsidies wont help much

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    9. Why is there obsession in Hungary to start those Ex-Yu routes?

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    10. one word: Orban

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    11. TK-neo ottoman and this is also neo-imperial?

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    12. 130 booked pax.

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    1. +1 this would be excellent. In that case SJJ could easily reach 1 million passengers in a year.

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  6. So Sarajevo Airport is returning to the negotiating table. Probably after they realized Croatia Airlines isn't going to open its announced base there. The airline has divine status at SJJ.

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    1. Wasn't the former airport CEO also employed by Croatia Airlines?

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    2. They were the first commercial airline to fly there after the war. Still they don't get preferncial teatemenr.

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    3. And why should OU get preferential treatment? They bring little value to the airport. SJJ needs to work on bringing more airlines like Transavia, easyJet and so on.

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    4. If they were to actually go through with their base plan (which they obviously won't) they should have gotten preferential treatment. They are a full fare airline that would have connected SJJ with European capitals not villages.

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  7. OT:
    SKP: Mar. > 125.167pax или 3,73%
    Jan - Mar > 352.953pax или 6,3294%

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    1. Слабо. Значи за сада прави раст имају само Београд и Сарајево. Имам осећај да ће Љубљана забележити солидан раст, преко 5%.

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    2. Difference between ZAG and SKP is down to just 163.047 passengers in the first three months! Could this be the next race to watch? But first SKP must overtake DBV which is not so difficult.

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    3. I thing - this year SKP will close to 2 milion.

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    4. So the difference between DBV and SKP will be around 200.000 in the end? I think if there was no war in MENA they would be about the same.

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    5. But you must know that last winter Belgrade had decline, so compare to 2015 those numbers are not so good. They are OK, but not so good as it looks now.

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    6. BEG Q1 results:

      2015: 888.477
      2016: 870.014
      2017: 955.988

      Compared to last year the airport added 85.974 passengers. Compared to 2015 it added 67.511. Overall, the results in 2017 are good.

      Passenger drop in last year's Q1 was 2%.

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    7. As I said good, but not so good as it looks this year after decline.

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    8. But you see, if last year we had a stagnation of the market and this year it's growing it means that last year's problems were fixed which allowed us to grow. That's why these results are great. I would say even phenomenal.

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    9. Could Tuzla be stealing some passengers from Zagreb? They both attract passengers from eastern Croatia.

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    10. Anon 10:14...just 160k diff vs ZAG and SKP? Just? That means SKP needs to double, that is not just. Also, there is certainm seasonality factor that will see April-October growth in ZAG that SKP cannot match. But really, just is not when other subject needs to actuzally double its performance.

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    11. But look at the bigger picture here. How much has SKP grown over the past 5 years and then compare it to ZAG.

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  8. What destinations are possible?

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    1. London, Paris, Berlin, Eindhoven, Bratislava, Baden Baden, Dortmund, Hamburg... I think these have potential to work from SJJ.

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    2. The real boom will be when Wizz or any other LCC is finally allowed to fly inter-ex-Yu routes. Would blow all the competition away.

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    3. That won't be happening any time soon.

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  9. Hopefully these flights happen soon.

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  10. Good for SJJ. Anyone have an idea what's happening with QR's flights Doha-Sarajevo? Will they be launched this year?

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    1. They will probably be launched towards the end of 2017. QR is having issues with plane deliveries.

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  11. Time to break up the Star Alliance cartel at Sarajevo Airport.

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  12. Wouldn't flights from Sarajevo impact on their Tuzla flights?

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    1. No. Tuzla would be most affected if Wizz Air launches BNX or OSI flights.

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    2. They are launching Basel-Osijek next month.

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    3. 10:11 anon
      Not so sure about your statement. I know many ppl travelling 5h from Sarajevo to Tuzla because of Wizz there....

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    4. Sarajevo - Tuzla is max 2h driving, where did you get the 5h?!?!

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    5. Tuzla market is different then Sarajevo, diaspora vs tourism. Some Wizz destinations from Sarajevo with great potential are Copenhagen, Bratislava (Vienna), London, Rome and Frankfurt.

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    6. They go via Doboj thats why it takes them so long...

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    7. No one goes from Sarajevo to Tuzla via Doboj as it is double the lenght (220 km). The main route is via Olovo and Kladanj (110 km). The only way that route through Olovo and Kladanj to be replaced for traveling for some passangers to Tuzla airport is for Sarajevo-Žepće-Tuzla highway (180 km) to be completed.

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  13. This is no surprise. Wizz will keep on growing and growing with so many planes on order. Yesterday they announced Budapest-Astana!

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  14. There is a lot of potential from SJJ.

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    1. ... and a lot of unserved routes.

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  15. We need more flights to Europe. Wizz Air would be a good addition.

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    1. Yes pleaae. But any airline is more than welcome

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  16. Wizz - Sarajevo is a never ending saga

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  17. Anyone know the details of those incentives?

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    1. 1st year
      new destinations
      - 30% on landing and take off and 15% handling fees
      frequnecy increase
      - 20% on landing and take off

      2nd year
      new destinations
      - 20% on landing and take off and 10% handling fees
      frequency increase
      - 15% on landing and take off

      3rd year
      new destinations
      - 10% on landing and take off and 10% handling fees
      frequnecy increase
      - 11% on landing and take off

      Discount based on passenger numbers
      ≤ 10.000 = 0%
      10.001 – 25.000 = 10%
      25.001 – 50.000 = 15%
      50.001 – 65.000 = 17%
      65.001 – 80.000 = 19%
      80.001 – 100.000 = 20%
      100.001 – 150.000 = 22%
      150.001 – 200.000 = 24%
      > 200.001 = 25%

      For those with plane based
      Discount on landing and take off price 50%
      Discount on aircraft parking price 50%

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  18. They could really boom with Wizz.

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  19. 28 euro tax per passenger. That is nuts!

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    1. With those sort of charges you would think the airport could stay open 24 hours.

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    2. I wonder what's Sarajevo Airport's financial performance is. They have never published their results even though they are a public company and required to do so.

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    3. The fact that it is not public should give you an answer.

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    4. What are the charges like in BEG?

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    5. Passenger tax is €22 I think. It was €18 but then they added some security tax.

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    6. Net profit of Sarajevo airport was almost 4 million € in the fiscal year 2013 so I would guess that today the number is around 5 million € net profit. Revenue in fiscal year 2013 was around 19 million €.

      Take a note that 18 € is airport tax, 10 € is federal tax which goes directly to federal budget. But in the end, as a public company the federal goverment gets large dividends from the airport profit.

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    7. Not quite right - reports are published by:
      URED ZA REVIZIJU INSTITUCIJA U FBIH
      SARAJEVO

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  20. Apparently last year they wanted to open up to 4 routes from SJJ as far as I am aware. Now they are planning to open 2 new routes.

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    1. Do you know which ones?

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    2. They usually start off with German/Swiss destination + London.

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  21. What did they mean by "investing in the airport"?

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    1. Probably basing an aircraft. They call that an "investment" into the airport.

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  22. Here are some photos from the inaugural BUD-SJJ flight

    https://www.klix.ba/biznis/prvi-avion-kompanije-wizz-air-sletio-na-sarajevski-aerodrom/170405006#5

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  23. Wohoooo, finally :)

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  24. Great news for Sarajevo. It really needs a major LCC.

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  25. All the best of luck to SJJ. Definitely an underrated destination. Hoping to see flights to Scandinavia, Germany, Benelux, Switzerland and Italy.

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    1. There are direct flights ZRH SJJ during summer...

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    2. There is enough room for Basel to be launched as well and kept year round.

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  26. TZL showed that it can be done with a good plan and carefully chosen destinations. Hopefully Sarajevo follows that example.

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  27. Way to go SJJ!! Together with TZL you will soon prosper in the region.
    BTW, any news about Kraljevo airport?

    http://www.exyuaviation.com/2016/07/kraljevo-airport-opening-delayed.html

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  28. More bad news coming from Croatia:

    Dubrovnik

    2017: 33.834
    2016: 41.664

    Split

    2017: 35.131
    2016: 33.828

    Congratulations to Zadar for being the only airport in HR so far to record an increase in March.

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    1. For SPU the numbers should be the other way around.

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    2. How many extra passengers ZAD had? What did they do right to grow?

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    3. What about LJU?

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    4. Bad news? You do realize that it was Easter in March last year and is in April this year. In case you didn't know, national holidays tend to attract demand. Bad news....you people are out of mind...

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    5. What about Zadar then?

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    6. ZAD probably grew because of Ryaniar, better management and competitive pricing.

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    7. INI : January - March : 66220 passagers

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    8. Anonymous April 5, 2017 at 3:37 PM
      I hope we can see the faces of these "bad news for Croatia" when the results for April will be posted.

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    9. Well growth will be 5%, like January

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  29. What is Banja Luka Airport waiting for?

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    1. Sleeping, Mostar will get flights to Stuttgart sith eurowing later this year

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  30. OT: Fraport to build new terminal at Ljubljana airport by 2020! Official announcement on April 20 via Finance

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