Wizz Air suspends more EX-YU routes


Low cost carrier Wizz Air has temporarily suspended 28 routes from cities in the former Yugoslavia, with a further three to join in the coming two weeks, bringing the total to 31. The carrier has also reduced frequencies on a number of services as travel bans and entry restrictions continue to have an impact on air mobility in the region.

The budget carrier has temporarily suspended the largest number of routes from its biggest base in the region in Skopje, with thirteen services affected at the moment. They will be joined by flights to Turku on September 5 and Vaxjo on September 7. Services to Turku are being suspended on orders by the Finnish government which is introducing a ban on the route due to a number of coronavirus cases linked to the flights. The Finnish government said it can restrict operations based on EU legislation which foresees such measures “in the event of short-term problems due to unforeseeable and unavoidable circumstances”. Wizz Air hopes to resume the service on September 28 if circumstances permit. The low cost airline plans to restore operations to Salzburg, Larnaca, Bremen, Hanover, Baden Baden, Milan, Rome, Venice, Malta and Bratislava during the last few days of September, while operations to Budapest, Barcelona and Vaxjo are expected to restart during the first week of October. Currently, sixteen routes remain mostly unaffected although frequencies have been reduced for some, such as Sandefjord which will run once per week. From Ohrid, operations to Milan are suspended until September 30, while the remainder of the network, consisting of six routes, continues to operate, although services to Vienna and Basel have been reduced to one per week through to October.

Wizz Air’s Tuzla base currently has three routes suspended with a fourth to join next week. Operations to Friedrichshafen will be discontinued from September 4 until October 26. Flights to Salzburg, Vienna and Billund are expected to resume on October 25 and October 27. Twelve other routes continue to operate out of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s third largest city, although operations to Vaxjo have been reduced to one per week until the start of the 2020/2021 winter season in late October. Services between Budapest and Sarajevo are suspended until October 2.

From Belgrade, a total of five routes have been temporarily suspended. Operations to Malta are expected to resume on September 16, Baden Baden on September 29, Larnaca and Hanover on October 8, while services to Salzburg are planned from October 26. A total of nine routes continue to run, while a further nine new routes are planned to launch in March 2021. All five routes continue to operate out of Niš, although flights to Vienna have been reduced to one per week until the start of October.

The low cost airline is currently maintaining five routes to Pristina, although operations to Vienna have been reduced to one per week until October. The carrier still plans to introduce a new service from Milan to Kosovo next week, while operations to Budapest are suspended until October 2. From Podgorica, Wizz Air has suspended four routes, with Budapest to resume on October 4, Milan on October 24, while seasonal services to Warsaw and Katowice in Poland will not return until June 2021. The carrier continues to maintain operations from the Montenegrin capital to Dortmund, Memingen and Vienna, although flights to the latter have been reduced to one per week until October.

Wizz Air is also ending its seasonal flights from Luton to Split earlier than planned, by mid-September, and is redeploying capacity to Portugal instead. The new year-round service from Dortmund continues to operate normally, while seasonal flights from Katowice and Warsaw will end in mid-September. The low cost airline’s operations between Charleroi and Ljubljana continue to run without any changes.

Comments

  1. Anonymous09:02

    wow that's a huge number of routes

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  2. Anonymous09:03

    Just goes to show how bad the situation is.

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    1. This is just another example of why countries need national carriers.

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    2. Anonymous23:27

      Agree with last anon

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    3. Anonymous00:18

      Ridiculous statement! A national carrier that will bleed its citizens' money? This is exactly why you DON'T want a national carrier. Let the market correct itself.

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    4. Anonymous06:56

      A flag carrier that instils a sense of pride when its tail is spotted on the runway of a far-off land; when it brings home the winning team or when it flies out to evacuate citizens stranded in a conflict or disaster zone. 


      There are some things you simply have to protect: education, national security, banks and infrastructure are all fundamental. An airline to call your own is also useful to get your citizens around the world and bring in visitors to invest and marvel at your achievements.

      Smaller nations need their own carriers to stimulate trade, boost tourism and, in many cases, assert their sovereignty.

      Shall we make a list of all the things that "taxpayer money" pays for in a country that are far less important than a national carrier?

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    5. Anonymous19:20

      Yes, go ahead and start SKP-JFK flights with your national carrier and you tell me how much trade you will stimulate. While we are at it, put an A380 on it. That should impress foreigners. lol

      It's funny to me that you put a national carrier on the same level as education and national security. Speaking of national security, does Macedonia even have any airplanes in its Air Force? I could be wrong, but I believe it's just helicopters. They wouldn't be able to defend themselves from any international threat. Get your priorities straight.

      For the record, I was born in MK but no longer reside there in case you think I'm a troll.

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    6. I agree that Macedonia should not have a national airline. It's population simply does not allow that luxury, the diaspora does not make enough working in Western Europe for regular flights. That is the price to pay for being "independent - but only so far as allowed to by the big powers". JU is a different story. Montenegro airlines are only viable only so long as they have those crazy expensive direct flights to BEG. For Macedonia a free flight from Skoplje to BEG for a direct booking BEG-YYZ (which probably has more Macedonians than in Skoplje) would certainly be a win-win for everyone (no worries about visas, no language issues for the elderly, plus a layover in BEG just long enough to have coffee with old friends at the airport).

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  3. Until widespread vaccination of the population is realized the travel and tourism industry will suffer greatly.
    After that it will take years for things to reach 2019 levels.

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  4. Anonymous09:12

    Huge!

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  5. Anonymous09:16

    isnt Kosovo also on the banned list from Italy? https://www.exyuaviation.com/2020/07/italy-bans-flights-from-select-ex-yu.html

    or is Wizz waiting for the last day to cancel the to flights and collect the money?

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    1. Anonymous09:25

      Waiting for the last day to cancel to collect money.

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    2. Anonymous09:41

      This is what they did on Billund-Tuzla route. In fact they were selling tickets on the very same day they cancelled the flights for the next month.

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  6. Anonymous09:16

    Situation will stay this way until EU starts opening borders. Based on European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control on every 100,000 citizen there are:

    111,9 infected in Montenegro
    108,8 infected in Bosnia and Herzegovina
    82,2 infected in North Macedonia
    65,3 infected in Croatia
    33,2 infected in Serbia

    The EU has fixed 25,0 infections per 100.000 for border reopening. Obviously borders for Croatia are open because they are in the EU but if they weren't it would be a different story.

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    1. Anonymous09:21

      Interesting. At the same time Spain has the worst infection rate per 100,000 but borders are wide open to them from most countries. It just goes to show how stupid this policy is and of course the double standards and racism.

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    2. Anonymous09:27

      plus one other that has >120

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    3. Anonymous09:27

      @Anon 09:21
      SMFH....
      NO, the borders of Spain are definitely not wide open to the rest of Europe!
      There are either complete bans, negative Covid tests before travel and 14 day quarantine periods for anyone coming from Spain.
      Crying racism is just dumb when so many countries are affected. Really dude, nobody hates us because of our ethnicity. Most do not even know where we are at the map and don'r care much to learn either.

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    4. Anonymous09:27

      @9.21 correct. double standards all the way!

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    5. Anonymous09:28

      ^ Of course. Same way routes are cut from non-EU markets to EU markets but not from EU-EU and countries where corona is out of control. I guess corona is a different infection in western Europeans to Eastern Europeans.

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    6. Anonymous09:29

      Well welcome to the real world. It's just like junk cosmetics that don't pass EU standards are sold by big companies on Eastern European markets, same way western European lives, livelihoods and happiness are valued more than eastern European.

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    7. Anonymous09:36

      best example is Austria. They infected half Europe through their ISCHGL desaster now they are the first to introduce bans ...

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    8. Anonymous09:37

      Of course. Same way we sing kumbaya, light candles and change social media profile pics when something happens in certain parts of the world and don't give a damn when something much worse happens in others.

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    9. Anonymous19:05

      Don't know where on this link you get this data. But on

      https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/?utm_campaign=homeAdvegas1?%22

      There is total case on million inhabitants:
      7163 Montenegro
      6722 Macedonia
      5733 BIH
      3562 Serbia
      2924 Austria
      2241 Croatia
      1325 Slovenia

      Total deths on million inhabitants:
      281 Macedonia
      178 BiH
      140 Montenegro
      81 Serbia
      81 Austria
      64 Slovenia
      43 Croatia

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    10. Anonymous19:08

      It's data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control run by the EU and updated today. Data for cases based on 100.000 citizens for the past 14 days is used to determine the epidemiological situation in each country across the world. Not total historic cases like you just showed.

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  7. Anonymous09:17

    What a disaster

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  8. Anonymous09:17

    Sad :(

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  9. Anonymous09:19

    No surprise

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  10. Anonymous09:19

    Seems the Skopje base is most affected.

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    1. Anonymous09:23

      SKP base has the most routes so it's logical most flights will be affected.

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    2. Anonymous09:26

      The moral of the story should be not to put all your eggs in one basket.

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    3. Anonymous09:31

      Route cuts are irrelevant with W6 or any other airline.
      They happen because of bans and quarantines.
      In fact W6 was very proactive in restarting flights, more than any other European airline.

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    4. And firstly at least Ljubljana is not affected😀

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    5. Anonymous09:42

      For once :D

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    6. Anonymous09:52

      Zagreb too lol

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    7. Anonymous10:06

      Osijek as well!

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    8. Anonymous10:29

      Maribor hasn't lost a single scheduled route. Impressive in these times.

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    9. Anonymous13:08

      last anon., hahahhahahahahhahahhahahahhahahhahahahhahahahah marbor is the best performing in all the world, does not have a decrease

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    10. Anonymous16:52

      SKP has been hit hardest by Finland. The Barcelona route seems to be shaky too.

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  11. Anonymous09:19

    what do you expect when you are not allowed to travel

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  12. Anonymous09:22

    This too will pass.

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  13. Anonymous09:23

    They will resume sooner or later.

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    1. Anonymous09:24

      I do wonder if all will resume eventually or if Wizz will use this as an opportunity to cull some routes for good.

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    2. Anonymous09:39

      Wizz Air has been pretty loyal in resuming routes as soon as they can.

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    3. Anonymous09:40

      Not if there are 15-20 pax per flight.

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    4. Anonymous09:52

      Say that to their Milan and Luton bases.

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    5. Anonymous10:20

      I agree. There is a question what exactly will be rescinded. Highly doubt they will be able to restart all routes.

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    6. Anonymous12:53

      W6 will resume these flights if they see demand. it is as simple as that.

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  14. Anonymous09:24

    Pity

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  15. Anonymous09:26

    "Low cost carrier Wizz Air has temporarily suspended 28 routes from cities in the former Yugoslavia, with a further three to join in the coming two weeks, bringing the total to 31."

    :O this is a disaster

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  16. Anonymous09:28

    As for the BEG, i’m a little bit worried how will 9 new routes perform due to current demand, hopefully they’ve developed some sort of strategy and won’t cut half of these routes after one year or two. I truly believe that their turning point could be introducing VIE/BTS, really I have no idea why they don’t want to give it a try ???!

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    1. Anonymous10:07

      Their biggest problem is that they can't operate to the two biggest markets which have been recovering quite nicely: Montenegro and Switzerland.
      On top of all that they are also unable to operate charters so they are left with scraps no one wants at the moment.

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    2. Anonymous11:06

      - how can something be a problem that doesnt even exist ??? (flights to CG)
      - the problem that W6 is facing is the travel restriction imposed by the EU
      - quick recovery is not measured by flight but by pax.nr (see HR)

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  17. Anonymous09:30

    Calling all in, expecting everything will be back to normal was a huge mistake. Wonder how Váradi, the spin doctor will explain this.

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  18. Anonymous09:38

    What people have been saying for years is showing, Skopje was too dependent on one airline.

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    1. Anonymous09:53

      Same with LJU just that we bet on the wrong horse.

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  19. Anonymous09:39

    This is just bad. I'm sure most of these routes won't be back at least not before summer 2021

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  20. Anonymous09:40

    Quarantines will kill the aviation sector in these months.

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  21. Anonymous09:47

    Oh wow I didn't realize that the new Dortmund-Split flights are year round.

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    1. Anonymous09:52

      Yes, hope it can work out over winter.

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    2. Anonymous10:08

      I think it will especially now when ZAG-DUS was killed and there are no DTM flights from LJU or any other nearby airport. I can see many from Zagreb taking this flight.

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    3. Anonymous10:21

      DTM is gasto central, should be OK. FMM flights are realistic as well
      they work fine for every yugo airport

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  22. Anonymous09:49

    It's really unfortunate for ex-Yu. Quite a lot of routes.

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  23. Anonymous09:50

    I doubt Hungarian government will lift the flight ban in October. Orban warned Hungarians just a few days ago not to travel anywhere south of the country in the next few months.

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  24. Anonymous09:51

    There is just no demand at the moment anywhere.

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    1. Anonymous10:08

      That's not true.

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    2. Anonymous10:19

      lol and the pandemic is a hoax

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  25. Scary empty airports!

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  26. Anonymous10:18

    Not good at all.

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  27. Anonymous10:19

    And after this summer, who knows what their ex-Yu route network will look like.

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  28. Anonymous10:21

    Many gastos are losing jobs in the west and many are returning home. This could be a big problem for Wizz Air. Intra-eastern Europe travel is minimal and not enough for W6 to survive.

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    1. Anonymous10:54

      Gastos coming back may be only temporary.

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    2. Anonymous11:01

      Many yugo gastos moved to Weastern Europe a long time ago. They are not going to be returning to live home.

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    3. Anonymous11:16

      Haha the Western social states pay social benefits when you lose job. People are not left to starve. Just fyi

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    4. Anonymous11:18

      If you are on social benefits your priority probably isn't to go around flying.

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  29. Anonymous11:15

    This is going from bad to worse

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  30. Anonymous11:16

    I'm surprised by how few routes they have from BEG with 2 aircraft. Do they generally have more frequencies on routes than the one in TZL for example?

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    1. Anonymous11:18

      That and they have longer flight times. Malta, Larnaca, London are quite long flights by Wizz's standards. Takes these planes longer to come back to base

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    2. Nebuloza11:37

      Malta is one of their shortest flights from BEG. svasta procitas

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    3. Anonymous11:39

      It's a 2 hour flight.

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    4. Anonymous12:31

      That's a 5 hour rotation.

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    5. Jatovac13:11

      london`s route aircraft is based in LTN , so does not affect the 2 BEG planes.

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    6. Nebuloza13:14

      only 3 of the other current BEG routes are shorter then Malta.
      if Wizz flights from BEG are long what should INI, PRN, SKP and OHD say ... SMFH

      open a map

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    7. Anonymous13:16

      ^ the person listed other routes too. Why do you have to be so unpleasent and nasty?

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    8. Anonymous13:25

      because none of what he wrote is correct: neither London is flown by BEG-based aircraft, neither "they have longer flight times" and neither Malta is "quiet a long flight". People should really doublecheck their "facts" before posting stuff on here

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    9. Anonymous13:28

      Have you calculated the avarage flight times from the bases to make such conclusions?

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    10. Anonymous13:51

      BEG-BSL 1:40
      BEG-BVA 2:10
      BEG-DTM 1:50
      BEG-EIN 2:00
      BEG-GOT 2:20
      BEG-HAJ 1:45
      BEG-FKB 1:35
      BEG-LCA 2:10
      BEG-LTN 2:30
      BEG-MMX 1:55
      BEG-MLA 1:25
      BEG-FMM 1:20
      BEG-SZG 1:10
      BEG-NYO 2:15

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    11. Jatovac15:05

      So, from here we can clearly see that there are no ,,long" routes from BEG, and that the longest is operated with LTN based plane

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    12. Anonymous16:10

      And what about other bases?

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    13. Jatovac16:35

      Last anon., what do you think? I do not understand what did you want to say, please explain

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  31. Anonymous11:32

    No chance prn-mxp flights will start on schedule.

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    1. Anonymous13:28

      But they will keep selling them until the very day.

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  32. Anonymous11:35

    I'm surprised how many flights they are still operating, especially to Germany, all things considered.

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  33. Anonymous11:35

    They will likely offer a very reduced network for a while.

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  34. Anonymous12:27

    Seems like things are going backwards.

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  35. Anonymous12:30

    Wizz Air should use Ryanair's Nis and Banja Luka suspension to launch new flights from there.

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    1. Anonymous12:32

      +1

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    2. Anonymous12:32

      They are suspending flights?

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    3. Anonymous12:35

      Yes
      https://www.exyuaviation.com/2020/08/ryanair-suspends-all-serbia-bosnia.html

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    4. Anonymous12:53

      They are suspending them because of low demand. So I don't see how suddenly Wizz could generate more demand.

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    5. Anonymous13:19

      sure the airports will allow that what some anonymous kid is proposing here ...
      Ryanair is an important airline for the mini airports.

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  36. Iz Tuzle su smanjeni letovi za Bazel sa 5 na dva leta,o tome niko nije piso...

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  37. Anonymous00:51

    Tuzla Airport said today that Friedrichshafen is on the rocks. Still undecided if it will come back in winter.

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