Wizz Air to commence Banja Luka operations


Low cost carrier Wizz Air will commence operations to Banja Luka from four European cities with two weekly flights each from Dortmund, Basel, Eindhoven and Malmo. Services will begin from June 3. Wizz Air will be the second low cost carrier to serve Banja Luka after Ryanair, which has temporarily suspended all operations to the city until mid May due to the coronavirus pandemic. It also plans to launch a new route to the city from Vienna in June. Wizz Air's entry into Banja Luka will come at the same time Ryanair begins services to Zagreb, from which it will open a base in September.

Banja Luka will become Wizz Air's third destination in Bosnia and Herzegovina after Tuzla and Sarajevo, both of which serve as the airline's base. The low cost carrier will commence operations from Dortmund to Banja Luka on June 3, Basel on June 6, as well as Eindhoven and Malmo on June 7. Tickets are already on sale through the airline's website. As a result, Basel, Eindhoven and Dortmund will be served by Wizz from all three cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, while Malmo will be operated from both Tuzla and Banja Luka.

Destination Launch date
Dortmund 03.06.2021
Basel 06.06.2021
Eindhoven 07.06.2021
Malmo 07.06.2021
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Banja Luka Airport handled 43.904 passengers in 2020, representing a decrease of 70.7% on the year before. However, this was 3.9% better than we expected by the airport’s management. The airport previously noted, “Prior to the coronavirus crisis we discussed the possibility of an airline opening a base in Banja Luka. We will see what will happen after the pandemic. We also had discussions over the launch of an intercontinental service, and after this situation passes, we hope to resume those talks. A Turkish carrier is also interested in cooperating with Banja Luka Airport. For us, it was important to open up to the world in 2019 and for some flights to begin. We must now seek out new airlines and partners and expand our destination network”.


Comments

  1. Anonymous14:01

    Wooow, so Wizz Air will fly from 3 airports in Bosnia & Herzegovina! I wasn't expecting that!

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  2. Anonymous14:05

    Could this be in response to FR in ZAG?

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    1. Anonymous14:23

      LJU would be more logical

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    2. Anonymous14:25

      No it wouldn't because ZAG and BNX cover Slavonija as well as all of northern Srpska. More gastos there

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  3. Anonymous14:05

    Today it was reported that the EU is working on suspending the ban on non essential travel from the western Balkans. I guess Wizz knew that when they made their plans.

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    1. Anonymous14:17

      Do you have a link for this maybe?

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    2. Anonymous14:22

      Sure

      https://www.blic.rs/vesti/svet/jos-jedna-dobra-vest-brisel-razmatra-skidanje-zabrane-za-putovanja-u-eu-gradanima/nr9wk61

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    3. Anonymous15:07

      Hvala :)

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  4. Anonymous14:14

    Bravo Banja Luka, ali mislim da je Wizz air trebao izabrati neke druge destinacije, poput Hannovera i Hamburga, jer će iz Sarajeva i Tuzle također letjeti za Dortmund i Eindhoven.

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    1. Anonymous14:22

      Мислим да ће ускоро отворити базу. Са Тузлом су имали натегнут однос и део тржишта ће пребацити на Сарајево тако да БЛ има јако пуно смисла.

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    2. Anonymous14:29

      Kakav nategnut odnos sa Tuzlom, šta pričaš ti? Nikada neću razumeti ovo izmišljanje pojedinaca.

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    3. Anonymous15:06

      Није никакво измишљање. Тузла није испоштовала договор са Визером и зато никада нису наставили са ширењем. Светла на писти нису инсталиарана те је Визер са малом маглом морао да иде у Београд. Итд итд
      Инфраструктура је била проблем.

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  5. Anonymous14:18

    OMG this is fantastic news for Bosnia, they literally flourished during the pandemic haha. Well done Sarajevo, Banja Luka, and Tuzla! :)

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  6. Anonymous14:34

    Great BNX! Well done...

    So sorry for those believing BNX will be heavily affected by arrival of FR to ZAG.

    I wish BNX to continue being so heavily hit by ZAG. It would mean nothing but more airlines in BNX

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  7. Anonymous14:45

    Kind regards to all of you. CEO BNX Airport. MR

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  8. Anonymous14:58

    Good news, but honestly I doubt in commencement as planned having in mind current state of play with COVID 19 in BiH including the fact that vaccination has hardly even begun in addition to number of deaths per 1M.

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    1. Anonymous15:19

      Don't forget that many from Bosnia have flocked to Serbia to get vaccinated. I read the other day that so far 53.000 foreigners received the vaccine in Serbia. Also healthcare professionals from Srpska were vaccinated in Serbia some 1.5 months ago. Also I am sure once Sputnik starts to be made in Serbia Bosnia will be among the first customers.

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    2. Anonymous15:29

      I wouldnt say many in the sense that it would make too much of a significance, I think they estimate that around 5000 Bosnians got vaccinated in Serbia, plus these healthcare workers, lets say it is 10,000 max. That is not really significant on 3 million people. But Bosnia so far has gotten around 170,000 vaccines, plus the upcoming Chinese donation of 50,000, and both Covax and the EU joint procurement that Western Balkans is part of, Bosnia is expected to get additional 200,000 vaccines by June, plus RS is buying directly from Sputnik, so by end of June Bosnia should have around 600,000 vaccines received in total, which is okay-ish.

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    3. Anonymous15:36

      Situation in Serbia only started to stabilize as we vaccinated 40% of the population. For example today they tested 14.000+ people and only 2.900 were positive. Numbers are going down. I think Bosnia will be the same. Wouldn't hold my breath until 40%

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    4. Anonymous01:10

      I wouldn't put 'only' 2.900 were positive from 14.000 in the same sentence.

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  9. Anonymous15:13

    Great development for Banja Luka.

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  10. Anonymous15:23

    Fantastic news.

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  11. Anonymous15:24

    How many routes does Ryan have from BNX?

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    1. Anonymous15:33

      7 when all are restored and Vienna is launched.

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  12. Anonymous15:26

    So Mostar is the only black sheep left in BiH.

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  13. Anonymous15:27

    Everybody getting flights except OSI, well at least they got rid of that super incompetent CEO. Just got fired this week! Fingers crossed!

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    1. Anonymous16:11

      Osijek does not need flights any more .
      I mean people in Slavonia are already lucky to live between that many airports with excellent connections .
      In the east Belgrade and in the south Tuzla and Banja Luka .
      In the west Zagreb which soon gets Ryanair .
      Good road network in between .
      What do you want more ?!

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    2. Anonymous17:32

      But why LCC tender for OSI in february?

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    3. Anonymous01:13

      Don't forget BUD, about a 3 hour drive north.

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  14. Grox15:51

    great news
    i belive that all of these routes will be great
    especially Malmo

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    1. Anonymous16:16

      Agree. These have a high chance of success.

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  15. Anonymous16:10

    Hopefully they open a base in BNX.

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  16. Anonymous16:10

    Ryanair: Banja Luko vraćam ti se u maju! Eto belaja kad se Ryanair vrati i nađe Banja Luku u krevetu sa Wizzom. Biće tu varnica!

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    1. Anonymous16:20

      A Ryan je inače toliko dobar, da je skoro sve rute koje ima u BNX, planira da pokrene i u Zagrebu...

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    2. Anonymous01:15

      a moraš imati švalerku neđe.

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  17. Anonymous16:11

    More gasto routes.

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    1. Anonymous16:15

      What do you expect? Flights to Havana?

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    2. Anonymous16:17

      Of course not but it would be nice if they included some seasonal routes to Greece for those going on holiday.

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    3. Anonymous16:21

      Wizz always covers gasto routes from ex-Yu cities first. These have the highest chances of success.

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    4. Nemjee16:22

      Anon 16.15
      Hahahahaha!

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  18. Anonymous16:19

    Bravo Banja Luka! Bravo Wizz

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  19. Anonymous16:20

    How many passengers could we expect in say 2022 when they have these four routes operational plus 7 from Ryanair?

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  20. Anonymous16:21

    Wizz is going crazy from ex-Yu this summer. So many new routes.

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    1. Anonymous16:24

      Let's just hope they stick and are not cancelled as Wizz has a knack of doing lately.

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  21. Anonymous16:37

    Good to see. Well done Banja Luka

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  22. Anonymous16:40

    Finally Malmo! This route will perform very well

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  23. Anonymous16:42

    We also had discussions over the launch of an intercontinental service, and after this situation passes, we hope to resume those talks

    Whaaaat?!?!? It this another Eastern Chicago-Banja Luka experiment?

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    1. Anonymous16:47

      DXB maybe

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    2. Anonymous16:54

      No, they were referring to seasonal flights to Egypt, most likely Hurghada.

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    3. Anonymous17:09

      Istanbul-Sabiha Gokcen maybe :D or Antalya

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    4. Anonymous20:19

      Hurghada and/or Antalya with Air Serbia ..?

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    5. Anonymous10:22

      SAW-BNX is for sure going to happen soon by either Pegasus or Anadolujet

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    6. Anonymous20:28

      ^ I would love it !

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  24. Anonymous17:05

    And OMO is still hibernating like a bear, andd letting all the trains pass... Idiotic... Understandable when you realize that it is led by "uhljeb do uhljeba"

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    1. Anonymous21:23

      And added wind turbines close to the airport...

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  25. Anonymous17:47

    Every airport in Bosnia and Herzegovina is capable of being successful, just look at their locations and number of people living 75-100 km each direction from 4 airports. They can serve citizens properly without relying on single airport, which is often the case in many small countries (like BiH).
    I feel sorry for Mostar, until a maybe 2-3 years ago I truly believed this could have been second largest airport in the country, but well...
    Also, I don't understand why people complain when "diaspora" routes get included. What do you expect, Banja Luka - Lisbon, Banja Luka - New York??

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  26. Finally.. a dream comes true! No more travelling from Zagreb or Tuzla...

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  27. Anonymous20:23

    Basel is excellent news !
    Many gastos from western Bosnia in Switzerland .
    Thats why BH Air once flew Banja Luka - Zürich .
    I guess it was their only succesfull route ..

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  28. Anonymous21:30

    TZL sad gubi u svemu BNX i SJJ su vekla konkurencija

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  29. Sofar only promises :) IF they will start and WHEN will be more correct reply to commencement article 😆

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  30. Anonymous08:49

    Strange that this topic only got 60 comments ..

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  31. Anonymous12:03

    Супер вијести. Још Лондон, Москва и Париз.

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  32. Anonymous13:41

    I think BL still doesn't have funboy, so I'll say: "Bravo, Banja Luka!"
    This one is really well deserved!

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