Niš Airport figures continue to decline

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Niš Constantine the Great Airport has recorded its fourth consecutive month of declining passenger numbers. In January, it handled 25.221 travellers, representing a decrease of 11.4% on 2018. The number of aircraft operations declined 6.6% to 198. This January, Wizz Air discontinued its service from Malmo to the south-east Serbian city, although the route will be resumed in April. On March 31, Ryanair will discontinue its flights between Weeze and Niš. Last week, the Serbian government adopted regulation to subsidise ten new routes out of Niš Airport that are deemed to be of public interest.

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  1. Since Mr Knezevic has taken over the management, it goes down with this airport. All other airports in the region and in Eastern Europe are growing, only this management does not bring it to the row to bring more passengers. Sad affair. Let's see how this year develops.

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    1. Not true, PUY, SJJ and ZAD had falling passenger numbers.

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    2. Look at the numbers of December 2018 + January 2019

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    3. This year will be really tough for all small, regional airports except BNX. I think Tuzla will also suffer and so will Osijek. European economy is no longer booming, demand is getting weaker and weaker.

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    4. Tuzla had 4.300 less passengers in January. Decline is already real people!

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    5. If BNX is indeed affecting TZL then it means we are on a dangerous path where the offer exceeds demand. It could lead to oversaturation of the market which could end up being quite a messy affair.

      As for INI. Shame that their numbers took a hit, however, they should have maybe expanded more slowly.

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    6. In fact, they will now slowly expand until BEG reaches the contractually agreed 12 Million passengers per year. In Western Europe, no government would sign anything that would stop the growth of the domestic economy. Only in the Balkans is this possible. Sad thing...

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    7. Slowly expand? They will get 10 new routes!

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    8. BEG effect, people start gravitating towards BEG. Same as people start using BNX instead of ZAG. People start using BEG instead of INI.

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  2. So although flight ops decreased by 6,6% the number of pax decreased even more, suggesting those flights operating were less full.

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  3. Smaller airports are more sensitive than bigger ones, and even small changes can cause relatively high growth or drop in percentages. INI currently have only 19 weekly flights, so the introduction of one new line with 2 weekly flights is an increase of more than 10%. Also, cancelation of one line with 2 weekly flights means 10% drop. Compared to the previous year January INI had Malmo 2pw, and Dusseldorf 1pw canceled, and Vienna 2px added. That is 1pw flight less than in the same month last year.

    That 1pw flight was half of the drop. Other half is probably caused by weather conditions. Canceled or redirected flights and probably fewer passengers on performed flights again because of the poor weather.

    There is nothing to be worried about with few new flights added INI would again have double-digit growth at the year-end.

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    1. isn't W6 flying A321 to Vienna?

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    2. I think that during winter season they are using A320. Not completely sure.

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    3. Equipment use on VIE-INI
      https://www.exyuaviation.com/2018/10/wizz-reduces-nis-ohrid-planned-flights.html

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  4. And the 10 subsidised routes go to .... You have the right to guess once :)))

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    1. Ideally they would be: Paris, London, Rome, Brisel, Olso, Thessaloniki, Barcelona, ​​Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Malta, Istanbul. But let´s see what the it will be determined by the government as a PSO! I am sure Belgreade and Tivat will likely be on the list without any reason, but let see

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    2. Nope, Belgrade is not included as it can't be to a city that's in the same catchment area. That's what it says in the document. Also it can't be to a city that has more than 100.000 passengers per year.

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