Friday, December 1, 2017

Wizz to suspend five EX-YU routes


Wizz Air will terminate five routes out the former Yugoslavia in the coming months following their underperformance but will compensate by adding extra capacity on other services. The low cost airline will discontinue two routes each out of Belgrade and Tuzla, and, as previously reported, its Eindhoven - Niš service. "As is normal practice in the aviation industry, flight frequencies change according to travel seasons and route performance. Wizz Air constantly monitors the performance of the routes to allow for the most popular services to have the lowest possible fares. Therefore, in order to best meet our customers’ demand, Tuzla, Belgrade and Niš schedules have been optimised", the airline told EX-YU Aviation News.

Wizz Air will no longer operate flights between the Serbian capital and Nuremberg, which were launched last summer season. The airline initially downgraded the route on November 10 to summer seasonal flights but has now taken the decision to discontinue the service completely. In addition, on January 12, the budget carrier will end operations between Belgrade and Friedrichshafen, which were also introduced this summer season. From Tuzla, Wizz will no longer maintain flights to London Luton and Nuremberg. Last month, the airline initially announced it would limit its Bratislava, London and Nuremberg operations from Tuzla to seasonal summer flights but has since decided to terminate the latter two routes. Flights between Tuzla and Bratislava will resume on April 2.

The low cost airline noted that extra capacity will be allocated to ten other services with higher demand, by increasing weekly frequencies. "The connections between Belgrade - Malta and Belgrade - [Basel] Mulhouse will have three weekly flights; Tuzla - Dortmund, Tuzla - Frankfurt Hahn, Belgrade - Gothenburg Landvetter and Belgrade - Paris Beauvais will be operated four times per week, while Tuzla - [Basel] Mulhouse and Tuzla - Gothenburg Landvetter will each have five weekly services", the airline said. On Monday, Wizz Air unveiled plans to grow its operations to Montenegro by introducing flights from Warsaw and Gdansk to Podgorica, while the airline will also boost operations from Basel and Malmo to Skopje, both of which will run on a daily basis. Furthermore, an additional weekly flight will added on the London Luton - Pristina service next summer for a total of three.

Wizz Air has bases in both Belgrade and Tuzla. Last year. the airline handled 545.000 passengers on flights to and from Serbia, as well as 310.000 travellers on its operations to and from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

150 comments:

  1. The Serbia-Germany market was way over saturated.

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    1. Maybe FDH could have worked if they offered more weekly frequencies. Loads were there, seems like the yields weren't.

      I still think Berlin would have worked for them.

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  2. That is what happens when you stretch too much.

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  3. So BiH again without connection to UK. Could visas requirements have been a problem for this route?

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    1. It was certainly a factor.

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    2. for sure they are

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    3. Could be an indication that there is simply no demand.

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    4. Didn't BA used to fly to Sarajevo?

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    5. No surprise with London since their loads were not very good on these flights.

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    6. @ AnonymousDecember 1, 2017 at 9:33 AM
      They suspended London-Sarajevo in 2008. Official reason was "high fuel prices".

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  4. Maybe they will introduce some new routes instead.

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    1. They won't. If you read it says they will increase frequencies on some routes and it says on which ones.

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  5. BEG-MLA. This route will turn to be a true gem. I wouldn't be surprised if it increases to 5 flights pw next year.
    BEG-MLH: Competing indirectly with JU and LX on the Zurich route - logic.
    TZL-LTN suddenly disappeared too.
    So now I also have my doubts if W6 will bother basing another a/c in both BEG and TZL...

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    1. It says in the text that they will increase Belgrade-Malta to three per week next year.

      Also it says that Tuzla-London is suspended.

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    2. I think there is much more demand for Malta than we all think. Over 1200 Serbs working and Serbs go for tourism or learning English. JU must respond adequately to W6 and to be careful not to lose this important destination.

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    3. Remember that Air Serbia flies there couple of times per week too.

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    4. It is interesting how Wizz Air can make both Malta and Larnaca work year round and Air Serbia can't past the summer.

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    5. Air Serbia has something Wizz doesn't... It's Dane.

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  6. Nema povecanja na liniji Beograd-Eindhoven?
    Transavia ih ubija. Ako krene svakodnevno, ugrozice i Air Serbiju na liniji za Holandiju.

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    1. They will have 4 weekly flights to Eindhoven from March, 30th. The same as last year during the summer season.

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    2. I don't think Air Serbia will be affected for two reasons:

      1. they offer better connections onto KL's network than Transavia.

      2. Better times for O&D passengers.

      Transavia will mostly attract cost sensitive passengers from central and northern NL that didn't fly on JU in the first place.

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    3. Transavia actually compliments JU's feed on KLM network (departure and arrival times for HV are partially like that for that reason). HV is not competing with JU, they are competing with W6 and their loads are outstanding for now (in addition to strong demand for 2018).
      If HV continues with 6pw in 2018 winter season I expect W6 to reduce EIN from BEG since Serbian diaspora in NL is mostly based around Amsterdam and Rotterdam/The Hague.

      Cheers from Schiphol.

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    4. I'm not sure transavia won't affect Air Serbia. I know that since transavia launched I haven't entered an Air Serbia plane.
      #serbianinholland

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    5. well, you should be more loyal to the national carrier :)

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    6. I have heard quite a different story regarding Transavia's Belgrade operations. Despite the already announced frequency increase in 2018, a friend of mine in aviation industry told me that HV's loads in BEG aren't that good, and there's a possibility that HV could soon stop flying to Belgrade.

      I'm not sure if he's correct in what he mentioned, I am just passing the info he told to me. It would be great if anyone could provide some passenger figures for us to evaluate the reality.

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    7. Them doubling frequncies to Belgrade means that the story your friend told you is likely false.

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    8. Yes, they are doing really badly which is why they are doubling flights during the slowest month of the year. lol

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    9. It's interesting that Transavia will increase number of flights from February to 6 then in July and August they will drop on 3 and in September they will increase number of flights again to 6. They obviously need planes in these two months somewhere else :-)

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  7. So based on those increases listed all those destinations from Belgrade and Tuzla get one extra flight per week. Nothing much.

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    1. Well they added the same number of flights that they cut with these suspensions.

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    2. There is still time until next summer. You never know, they might announce something new too.

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  8. so they are not removing a/c from BEG but redistributing capacities?

    that is good, but obviously it showing the signs of being overstretched, as somebody noticed above. if this turns out not to yield enough profit we can expect debasing a/c out of BEG in 12-1 months

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    1. I don't think they will debase but I doubt we will see them add a new aircraft anytime soon.

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    2. Air travel will steady increase in the future with growth probably around 10% per year in whole ex Yu region maybe even more that that. I don't think they will debase some plane. We can expect that they add new plane to Belgrade in next 3-4 years, it's unlikely that it will happen before. In next couple years they can even try some of this canceled routes again.

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  9. Shame. Such a good airline and good for BEG pax growth

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  10. wow I'm surprised they didn't blame the suspension on high fees. That's what they usually do.

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    1. Imagine if an ex-Yu airline suspended these routes. We would have comments like "The end is close"

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    2. True. We would already be planning the company's date of closure.

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    3. Luckily they have 80 aircraft flying around the clock so the same conclusions can't be made.

      And about the fees... you've confused them with Ryanair. They are the ones that use that excuse literally all the time. Wizz only used it once, in Belgrade, where fees were genuinely increased due to the birth of Air Serbia.

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    4. Given that they are still here and expanding only goes to show that they were unrealistically low in the first place. There is no reason why W6 should have a competitive advantage over the others.

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    5. Faulty logic, but no point in fighting you. Hurray for millions of dollars wasted to protect a defunct high cost idea.

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  11. By the way, W6 has suspended many non ex-Yu destinations too especially from Poland, Romania, Bulgaria to the UK because of Brexit.
    They recently bought Monarch's LTN slots and will soon announce new routes from LTN. My guess is that INI will lose EIN but maybe gain LTN. Also, possible LTN-ZAG flights too.
    I don't think more LTN-BEG flights are needed given the low demand.

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    1. I don't think Brexit playes a role in the suspension of Tuzla-London.

      Hope some of those new London routes materialize.

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    2. Last anonymus, yes, +1000. No direct link with brexit.

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  12. I guess also Ryanair is killing them on NRN-INI, as Eindhoven is 1 hour away, and tickets were half price with FR. Let see what is the next W6 move at INI. I really expect BVA, OSL or CIA soon!

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    1. Oslo didn't work from Belgrade for them.

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    2. It was difficult for them to compete with DY which flies from OSL while they had flights from Rygge.

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    3. The Serbian diaspora in Norway is not that big to sustain two airlines.

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    4. Why people stupidly thinks that only diaspora flies?

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    5. Relatives fly as well :-)

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  13. Those daily flights from Malmo and Basel to Skopje are probably a rarity in their network where they fly something daily. That said I doubt we will see them expand from Macedonia either next year since there will be a tender for subsidies and they haven't opened a single route in Macedonia without subsidies.

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    1. Are you spinning or just malinformed? They opened Berlin, Bratislava, Copenhagen with no support .. among others.

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  14. I am impressed BEG-LCA has survived for this long.

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    1. Larnaca and Malta have now higher standards of living, making them attractive destinations for business and of course leisure. Just look at the frequency of flights to/from neighbouring cities.

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    2. Wizz Air has beaten Air Serbia on the Larnaca route which has retreated to seasonal ops. No wonder considering the better fares, scheduling and on board service.

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    3. I think both Cyprus and Malta have had a high standard of living for many years now.

      Fares are more or less the same. In summer you can't book Wizz Air for less than €200 without luggage while Air Serbia comes out to be €250 with luggage and daily flights.
      In addition to that, Air Serbia still offers a better product.

      The only thing W6 has going for them is their daytime flight.
      Air Serbia should have kept LCA as four weekly, two flights at 23.55 and two flights at 07.45 (same as TLV).

      Had they done that, Wizz Air's LCA flight would have suffered the same fate as NUE and FDH.

      A friend of mine works for Amathus and he told me that JU was packed until the very last flight on 15.11. They even extended the route by two weeks and it certainly paid off.

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    4. Agree that Cyprus have a high standard of living considering their average net wage of almost 1700€ and although Malta is doing good as well they hardly fall in the same pot as Cyprus with their average of around 1000 €.

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    5. I didn't know Cyprus was that rich! :O

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    6. They have made a lot of money on Russian money laundering.

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  15. You would have thought the first causality in Germany would have been Air Serbia after the collapse of Air Berlin but it seems that Wizz Air had issues on these routes.

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    1. I think it has to do with Air Serbia flying to central airports. Not shacks in the middle of nowhere.

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    2. JU didn't really depent on Air Berlin at all. Its DUS service was very successful, especially after LH retreated a few years back.

      Perhaps TXL is the only service that will suffer, but it already saw one frequency axed.

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    3. Well LH used to send its CRJ200 so I doubt they really dominated on the market.

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    4. AB collased just recently. We will see if it will have an affect on JU next summer.

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    5. @10:13AM

      I took the CRJ200 whenever I went there. Can't beat the private jet feel, especially with a low LF.

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  16. Does anyone know what's their best performing route from BEG?

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    1. Look at which one with the highest number of frequencies and you will find your answer.

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  17. Well that puts to end my hopes that they would start BEG-BCN.

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    1. You have Vueling for that route.

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    2. And Vueling will next year fly to BEG for the entire summer season from March to November.

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  18. They will compensate the these suspensions by adding flights to Belgrade and Tuzla but as far as I can see, there are no extra frequencies to Nis.

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    1. Would be nice if they introduced some new route from Nis.

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  19. The LF of the BEG-NUE must have been poor for them to suspend it after just 6 months of flying.

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    1. No surprise prices were dirt cheap on this route in mid summer.

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    2. Well when Wizz suspends flights, then you know loads were awful.

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  20. Once upon a time Wizz used to do comprehensive studies into launching new routes. What happened?

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    1. They had one exYu guy in management. He left.

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    2. Don't know about that guy, but a lot of people left. Apparently, a lot of them made lots of money when the company was listed on the London Stock Exchange. So they just sold their shares and resigned.

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  21. I'm a bit surprised Bratislava didn't work out from Tuzla on year round basis considering the large Bosnian diaspora in Austria.

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    1. Because it probably only caters for the diaspora which only flies during the summer and maybe 2 weeks around Christmas/New Year.

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    2. Bratislava from Belgrade would be a hit.

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    3. ^ Agree, I'm surprised they didn't go for it.

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    4. I was flying from Tuzla to Bratislava in October this year, and the plane was half empty. Mayor of passengers were students in Vienna or their relatives, including me :) I booked this returned flight for 15euros. :)

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    5. It is mostly because of the rather short distance and not so great hours as you arrive in Bratislava at 21:30 and in Tuzla at 23:00 when it gets much harder to have good transportation to your final destination. It is less then 650 km from Tuzla to Wien and considering most people take an additional transport from Tuzla airport it almost balances out (money wise) if you just take a bus directly from Wien to your city.

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  22. I'm kind of sick of Wizz Air and its diaspora routes. Maybe time for them to reconsider and open something new that does not purely rely on gasterbaiters.

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    1. and you are going to compensate them for potentially half-empty planes?

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    2. how to pay this with a 200euro salary. Even the tickets are for free, people can't afford the journey

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    3. so what do you think? just guess!

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  23. looks like Wizz didn't do its homework with the their latest expansion from TZL and BEG.

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  24. Pity but it is normal for them to try routes and see what works and what not.

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  25. This is the second time they suspended routes from Tuzla and said how it would be seasonal and then a few months later suspended them completely. They did the same with TZL-Oslo.

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    1. Tuzla is a bit problematic during the winter because of adverse weather conditions. A lot of planes get diverted. Even during the summer they were forced to divert to BEG several times. I doubt that is good for a LCC.

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    2. I don't think weather is the reason they suspended these routes.

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    3. Tuzla needs another airline. Their entire success and future depends on one single airline.

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    4. Agree. Just goes to show how risky it is to rely on a single airline for all your traffic.

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    5. Beggars can't be choosers.

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  26. From this we can see that Skopje remains their only success story in Ex yu so far. I doubt they can expand some more from Macedonia, except maybe to try their luck with Madrid/Valencia and Portugal.

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    1. True. They haven't dropped a single route from Skopje yet.

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    2. One of the reasons being that they have no competition in Skopje on any of their routes.

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    3. And in Tuzla they have?

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    4. Tuzla is between Belgrade and Zagreb.

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    5. @Anon 1:06

      Skopje is between Pristina, Sofija and Thessaloniki.

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    6. last anon, you forgot INI ;)

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    7. Is there any other airport in ex-YU where Wizz Air received funds to fly? I don't mean discounted fees, I mean money as they did in SKP.

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    8. even with a 3€ pax tax INI cannot sustain EIN. just saying

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    9. Anon 4:01 PM - so if the tax is lowered to 1,5€, do you think they will stay? INI is one of the most generous airports in Europe regarding tax.

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    10. Hmm yet in ex-YU, INI next to BEG is the only airport where LX actually increased flights next year.

      Places like SKP can only work if they get Edelweiss.

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    11. places like INI should be happy with that they have. If you start comparing, you will very soon notice that it was better zo keep quiet

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    12. next step is QR in INI ;) better yet EK

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    13. Well until the Macedonian government paid W6 to fly, the airport handled twice of what INI will have this year. ;)

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    14. Niska Banja med i mleko

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    15. kisses from Macedonia baby

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    16. Kisses back to Macedonia. I hope you fix SKG by the deadline. :)

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    17. EK may be too much but FlyDubai is highly probable and expected. Kisses to all

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  27. 5 routes did not turn profitable. It´s not the end of the world.

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  28. It's not a big deal because the suspensions are compensated. So the number of flights operated next summer stays the same.

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  29. Is there a Serb community in NUE?

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  30. What about Slovenia ? why they have base in Tuzla and not in Ljubljana ? Ljubljana has bigger potencial than Tuzla !( just my opinion )'

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    1. It does but it also has much much bigger fees than Tuzla.

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    2. Bosna na zalost ima ogromnu dijasporu, posebno nakon 90tih godina... a vecina te dijaspore zivi u Nemackoj, Austriji, Svedskoj, i ostalim zemljama "Zapadne Evrope". Ovo je idealno mesto za njih, a da ne koriste autobuse, niti aerodrom Nikola Tesla Beograd. Tri puta sam putovao iz Tuzle i jako sam zadovoljan. Za manje od 20e za povratnu kartu do Memingena, Bratislave ili Bazela je idealno. I aerodrom Tuzla postaje sve popularniji.

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    3. Manje od 20e je idealno svima osim za Wizz. Njima je to nize od troskova leta do Bazela i drugih aerodroma, pa time gube pare na svakom putniku koji plati samo 20e. Zato morate platiti mnogo vise ili ce linija pre ili kasnije biti ukinuta.

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    4. Što da ideš do Tuzle kad od Beograda možeš do Dusseldorfa za manje od 60e i dobiješ kufer uključen u tu cenu sa Er Srbijom.

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  31. I hope they look into opening some other destinations. There is still room for them to grow in this region.

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  32. Good news for Air Serbia since Nuremberg is relatively close to Frankfurt and Stuttgart while Friedrichshafen is close to Zurich. BTW Friedrichshafen is a beautiful little town :)

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    1. I am sure LH is also happy.

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    2. Nurnberg close to Frankfurt and Stuttgart? I think that somebody have missed the Geography classes

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    3. In late Fall and winter Friedrichshafen is covered in fog very often-its like the horror movie from the eearly eighties.

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  33. Shame about Friedrichshafen. There are a lot of us Serbian students in Konstantz and this was ideal to Belgrade.

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  34. And Ryanair just launched "rescue fares" from Nis for their flights to Weeze since Wizz is suspending the Eindhoven route.

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    1. OMG hahaha are you serious?!

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  35. I am still more than shocked about INI-EIN. Yes, I know FR is competing with them by launching INI-NRN but come on, EIN is also close to AMS. Or maybe it is INI that needs a 3rd destination to Germany instead? How about INI-HHN or INI-FKB?

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    1. I think its time for INI-BVA.

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    2. One major problem with INI-EIN is that flying to the NL from Belgrade is relatively cheap so people don't feel such a big need to fly out of Nish.

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    3. So in other words, Serbia-Holland market is already saturated you mean?
      @Anon 3:41 PM - completely agree with you. Paris has always been doing fine. Sadly, AF left BEG in 2012, if you remember...

      http://www.exyuaviation.com/2012/09/exclusive-air-france-to-suspend-belgrade.html

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    4. I think with both Transavia and Wizz Air flying from Belgrade the market is already kind of full. Add to that Air Serbia and...

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  36. Wizzair to suspends LTN-SPU too

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    1. Excellent news! Open slot for some other better destination.

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  37. If they don't pull an acft out of BEG base, is there. a chance to see daily flights from BEG to MMX or elsewhere?

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    1. They are not pulling an aircraft out. The 4 weekly flights BEG has lost with these two route suspensions have been substituted by an additional 4 weekly flights to the cities that are listed in the second last paragraph.

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