Ryanair launching new Niš service in November


Europe's largest airline, Ryanair, will expand its operations from Niš Constantine the Great Airport this winter season with the introduction of flights to Malta. Services between the two will operate twice per week starting November 8 and will run each Monday and Friday on a year-round basis. Ryanair's Chief Commercial Officer, David O'Brien, said, "Ryanair, as Europe’s number one airline, is pleased to continue its Central and Eastern European expansion with the launch of a new twice weekly Niš route to Malta, commencing in November as part of our extended winter 2019 schedule. To celebrate, we are releasing seats on sale from just 12.99 euros for travel until the end of November 2019, which must be booked by midnight Saturday, August 17. Since these amazing low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto our website and avoid missing out".

Ryanair has been in discussions with Niš Airport over flights to Malta since 2016. A notable number of locals from southern and south-eastern Serbia live and work on the Mediterranean island. This winter season, Ryanair will maintain services to five destinations from Constantine the Great Airport. In addition to Malta, these include Berlin Schonefeld, Bratislava, Bergamo and Stockholm Skavsta. Niš Airport itself has registered strong growth in July as Air Serbia introduced the first of twelve new routes from the city. It welcomed 35.646 passengers, representing an increase of 11.9% on the same month last year. During the January - July period, it handled 201.304 travellers, down 2.3%.

Ryanair faces no direct competition on its new Malta service. On the other hand, both Air Serbia and Wizz Air maintain flights from Belgrade to the island state. The latter recently also launched services from Skopje to Malta. Demand for flights from Malta to the former Yugoslavia has been growing in recent years, with Montenegro also seeking to establish services to the country. In June, Ryanair agreed to establish a Malta-based carrier to grow its presence on the island and access to North Africa, adding another subsidiary to its group of airlines. Ryanair plans to move six of its aircraft currently based in the country into Malta Air. Europe's largest low cost airline said it planned to increase its fleet on the island to ten aircraft within three years and rebrand them as Malta Air for the 2020 summer season.

Further flight details for the new Malta - Niš service can be found here.




Comments

  1. Great news! Fantastic to see Nis growing again.

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  2. Best part about this is that it puts an end to conspiracy theories that airlines will stay away from INI because of JU base. Thanks FR for proving them wrong.

    Now let's see who will be first to introduce BVA.

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    1. Well they are opening just one route which is unrelated to JU's INI operations.

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    2. It may be unrelated to their INI operations but it's very related to their BEG operations. So clearly no protectionism here.

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  3. Weren't people hysterical how Ryanair and Wizz Air would leave Nis once Air Serbia launches its flights?

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    1. Who knows, maybe one of the would have opened a base now if it were not for JU ;)

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    2. Highly doubt it, both Wizz Air and Ryanair were either stagnating or reducing flights. A base was highly unlikely. However these Malta flights are showing that FR is committed to INI and I am sure more flights will come in the future.

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  4. I'm surprised there is demand between Nis and Malta. Good luck.

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    1. Guest workers and tourism.

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    2. Would love to see the underlying analysis.

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    3. It's a seaside destination, new base for Ryanair, catchmsnt area is bigger then Nis for sure, so makes sense to try it...

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    4. Also BEG has the most flights to Malta in the region (4 in summer, 2 in winter with 4 in December) while FR doesn't fly anywhere in the region from Malta.
      Sofia has 3 flights in summer with 2 in winter and 3 around New Year. Ryanair sensed an opportunity and is going for it.

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  5. It's great that these flights will operate in winter too!

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  6. Now it would be nice for Wizz to add a route too :)

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    1. Beauvais would be the best option.

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    2. Hopefully FR launches it, I would like them to expand in INI more and more. There is enough Wizz Air in ex-YU already.

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    3. There is potential from Nis for flights to France, Spain, Turkey and Russia.

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    4. There are are a lot of possibilities. Will have to wait and see. But great news for INI.

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    5. They can open route to Oslo as well. There is only norwegian who is flying from BEG.

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  7. Pa drzava skroz unisti Nis,jos da prosire terminal i izgrade toranj i mogu katanac da stave.

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  8. How many passengers could we expect at Nis Airport this year?

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    1. Last year they had 351.000 so my guess is that they are definitely going over 400.000 so maybe 410.000? All JU flights except BUD seem to be filled to the last seat so it will boost numbers a lot.

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    2. Why is the flight from BUD not filled?

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  9. Very nice. And I see they are keeping Bratislava too despite people's predictions they would end it because of Wizz Air's flights to Vienna.

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    1. There are more and more workers from Serbia in Slovakia so I am sure this route suits they quite a bit.

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    2. Next year INI will comfortably reach 550.000 passengers.

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    3. So next year it could come really close to Tuzla?

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    4. Could be especially since TZL seems to be struggling.

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  10. Where is previous management now to comment? They claimed Air Serbia would shut down competition at INI because of Vinci concession in Belgrade.

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    1. Or how they would limit their growth...I guess they are limiting it with more flights to Malta. hahah

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    2. Evo ga komentar Bojana A, bivseg direktora RRA Jug koji tvrdi da je doveo loukostere u Nis:

      "Prelazak Rajan era iz Niša u Beograd će biti poguban za Er Srbiju"

      izvor: https://www.danas.rs/ekonomija/prelazak-rajan-era-iz-nisa-u-beograd-ce-biti-poguban-za-er-srbiju/

      Samo se "malo" presao sa prognozom, Rajan ne dolazi u Beograd a upravo je dodao linju za Maltu. Toliko o prethodnom menadzmentu :)

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  11. The schedule is great for a weekend trip.

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  12. Will this have an affect on JU and W6s flights to Malta from Belgrade?

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    1. Maybe to a certain extent but I think people from the south used SOF and SKP for Malta flights rather than BEG. If you live in Pirot or Vranje then Belgrade isn't that convenient.

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    2. So it could affect the SKL-MLA flight...

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    3. I don't think anyone will be affected. None of the routes from INI affected Skopje and none of the routes from Skopje affected Nis,

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    4. This actually complements the SKP flights. SKP flights are on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Ryanair flights are Monday and Friday. Travelers have more options now.

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    5. Plus INI-MLA is at 19.25 so people have time to nicely arrive to the airport without getting up at dawn.

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  13. Keep up the good work INI.

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  14. Good news. When was the last time they added a new route from Nis? I think it's been a while.

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    1. It has been while. The last new route they added to INI was Skavsta back in the summer of 2017.

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  15. Missed opportunity for Wizz.

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    1. Wizz seems to be having quite a lot of those in Serbia.

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    2. They don't seem to be focusing on the market much.

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  16. wow only 25 minute turnaround.

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  17. It's crazy how quickly traffic developed at this airport.

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    1. And that after everyone claimed there was no market in Nis :)

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    2. It was always claimed there is market in Nis but for cheap tickets...And we have now Air Serbia offering cheap tickets sponsored by GoS and ULCC opening new destinations.

      So, there is no market for full price legacy carriers apart from Swiss who anyhow transports gastos only. You won't see AZ, AF, LH etc in Nis as there is no market

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  18. Great news for Nis and more generally travellers in Serbia.

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  19. The more options the more people will travel. The triangle cities of Niš, Skopje and Sofija will soon be a low cost heaven.

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  20. The winter season at INI will be very strong.

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    1. Yes and on top of that Wizz will be flying Memmingen this winter unlike last.

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  21. impressed for Nis.

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  22. Great news! I hope Wizz will respond to this . France,Spain and Nordic countries markets are still up for grabs.

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    1. I wonder if we might see more flights from MMX or maybe even OSL?

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  23. This is great news for Nis. Remember that the airport was completely dead just a year ago.

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    1. Yes this is a really cool add.

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  24. Good choice and makes perfect sense

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  25. Coolest part is that this will be operated by Malta Air and not Ryanair.

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    1. Where did that Garrett that from?

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    2. Well FR transferred 11 planes to Malta Air their new subsidiary.

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  26. Pity it's only 1 route

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  27. So we will have Air Serbia with 12 routes, Ryan and Wizz with 5 each and Swiss with one.

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    1. Total 23 routes this winter.

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    2. Not bad at all

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    3. The diversity is impressive for a small airport like Nis,

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    4. diversity of airlines I mean.

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    5. And a good mix of LCC and legacies.

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    6. lol which legacies? JU s flying for 20-30€ even in August

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    7. And Swiss is what?

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    8. JU is flying at those prices because that was the whole point of the PSO tender. To offer people cheap fares.

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  28. So glad FR opened this route! I wish them all the best...

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  29. Interesting route. A bit of a surprise!

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    1. Malta has been talked about for a long time.

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  30. Very interesting 'exotic' route.

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    1. More like gasto route :D

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    2. I think it's a mix of many things, gasto and tourism.

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  31. Can we expect any more destinations from Ryanir soon?

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    1. Of course, but I think for the winter that's it.

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  32. Anyone know what FR's best performing route from Nis is?

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    1. Skavsta-INI (2018): 32.949
      Bratislava-INI (2018): 32.924
      Dont know about SXF and BGY.

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  33. Will JU fly Malta from Belgrade during the winter, or is the route still seasonal?

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    1. It's seasonal. In winter only Wizz Air flies to Belgrade to Malta.

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    2. I wonder if Wizz Air might react with more flights this winter season.

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  34. They will soon have to expand the airport to terminal to accommodate all the passengers.

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    1. That's planned for next year.

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    2. But from what I know flights are spread out, very rarely do more than two flights leave at the same time, no?

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  35. S juga bas svuda :D

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  36. I hope they eventually open a base in INI.

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    1. Doubt it will happen any time soon.

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  37. It seems that the Serbian diaspora is growing even more in Malta. Unofficial figures suggest already 7 thousand! I suppose it's a gasto route...

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  38. So in ex-Yu we now have Belgrade, Skopje and Nis with year round flights to Malta. Nice.

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    1. I'm surprised there are no flights from either Ljubljana or Zagreb to Malta.

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    2. There are charters from LJU to Malta from time to time but no scheduled flights.

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    3. Well according to yesterday's article maybe there would be MLA-ZAG but OU isn't allowing it even if they don't want to fly it. Don't forget Lauda wanted a base in Zagreb so they would operate this route or Malta air would, they are all owned by Ryanair anyway.

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    4. I was in hotel Seabank Resort in Malta.

      There are so many Serbs working in that hotel that locals started calling it Serbbank Resort :-)

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    5. @11:30 Ryanair starts MLA-Trieste in October, 2pw.

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  39. BRAVO INI!!! Congratulations and greetings from RJK!!!

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    1. Maybe next year someone introduces INI-RJK like you proposed. :D

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  40. The next one that's sorely missing from Nis is surely Istanbul!

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    1. Or Paris? Would be nice to get EIN/DUS back.

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    2. It would be perfect to get Transavia to AMS and ORY, but W6/FR to EIN and BGY are propbably more realistic.

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    3. But for that flight INI-IST Directorate must give its approval and we all know it does not go so easily...

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    4. Yep... the good old directorate. I'm aware that's the huge barrier, but I really think that's a good opportunity for ASL.

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    5. The good old directorate - good only in hindering the growth and success of Belgrade airport and Vinci.
      They are a nuissance !

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  41. And what is Wizz Air doing in Serbia? They only launched LYS and only because they were encouraged by Vinci. Hope FR adds more flights to compensate.

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    1. And cancelled it during the winter season.

      Really pathetic

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  42. Bravo Srbija - Jug!

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