Wizz Air wipes out over a million seats from EX-YU markets this summer


Wizz Air has removed 1.4 million seats from markets in the former Yugoslavia this summer season on its original plan, as the low cost carrier has 20% of its fleet grounded for inspection due to a rare anomaly found in the powder metal utilised in the production of specific engine components. The airline has reduced its number of flights in the region during the summer, which begins on March 31 and lasts until October 26, by 22.3% on its original plan, while capacity has been cut by 31.5%. Both are significantly down on last year’s operations, with 20.8% fewer flights and 30.7% fewer seats, although this reduction also accounts for the airline’s Tuzla base closure, which occurred in September of last year.

Skopje, as Wizz Air’s largest base in the former Yugoslavia, will see overall capacity reduced by 25.3% this summer compared to its original plan. The airline will also shrink its operations compared to last summer, with a 15.7% decrease in capacity. Wizz Air’s cuts have resulted in the Macedonian market loosing its position as the second fastest growing in Europe this year. The cuts extend to Ohrid which has lost 48.3% of its Wizz Air capacity on last year.

Belgrade will also be hit by Wizz’s network reductions, with the airline to cut 22.4% of capacity compared to last summer, and 35% on what the budget carrier initially planned. Niš will not be spared, with capacity down 46.7% on the original schedule for this summer, and 50% on last year. In Ljubljana, the low cost carrier has cut 35.5% of its planned seat capacity for the summer and 15.7% on last summer.

Pristina’s Wizz Air cuts see the airline slash 27.2% of its originally planned capacity for this summer, and a 33.3% reduction on last year. Podgorica sees fewer cuts, with capacity decreased 8.3% on its originally filed schedule and 11.8% on summer 2023. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo has not sustained any cuts for its single London service, however, Tuzla sees a 17.9% cut on the initially planned schedule for this summer and a 78.9% reduction on last year following its base closure. Banja Luka has sustained a 34.5% cut on the original capacity scheduled for this summer and a 64.7% cut on last year.

Dubrovnik Airport sees Wizz Air remove 86% of its planned 2024 summer capacity and an 82.9% reduction on last year. Its counterpart in Split looses 49.2% of its initially scheduled seats for this summer, as well as a 21.4% cut on last summer.

Wizz Air change in seat capacity, summer 2024




Comments

  1. Anonymous09:02

    Poor Nis.

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    1. Anonymous09:12

      It will probably be most impacted in terms of passenger numbers.

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    2. Anonymous09:38

      I hope at least Ryan will step in with some upgrade

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    3. Anonymous10:13

      ^ They are increasing Vienna from 2 to 4 weekly.

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    4. Anonymous13:21

      who will fly on INI-VIE? I hope they go back fri-sun flights!

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    5. Anonymous14:40

      Diaspora will fly vie-ini.

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    6. Anonymous17:48

      I hope Wizz will fix engine issues fast and with full power flight again more.

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  2. Anonymous09:03

    Isuse Hriste

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    1. Anonymous16:08

      ok and what is the reason for thse cuts?

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    2. Anonymous05:15

      They have increase of seats by 2% in the whole Europe, so its obvious that this cuts are because of profitability/demand.

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  3. Anonymous09:03

    Although I don't blame Wizz directly for the issue with the engines, this shows that the airports need to attract different carriers and this might be a good opportunity to try attracting other low cost airlines to Skopje

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    1. Anonymous09:07

      +10000

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    2. Anonymous11:13

      their only real opponent Ryanair is short of aircrafts too

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  4. Anonymous09:03

    Crazy. And I can only imagine what it is like on their bigger markets like Romania, Bulgaria...

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    1. Anonymous09:18

      How many planes do they have now in Sofia and Bucharest?

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    2. Anonymous09:28

      It is really weird, especially in Sofia. Last week, flightradar24 showed 5(down from 7) and in the weekend they got again 6. In Bucharest 15 as far as I remember. However, they are struggling in Sofia too, Stockholm is going to be discontinued. Base is again reduced from 7 to 6 planes, Abu Dhabi is going to be operated by Wizz Abu Dhabi. Varna base is reduced from 2 to 1 planes(Larnaca and Tel Aviv are frozen and can’t be booked), only German routes are kept due to the upcoming summer season and the huge Varna diaspora living in Germany.

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    3. Anonymous09:34

      In Bulgaria, they, a priori have 7 aircraft in Sofia and 3 in Varna, They were supposed to begin seasonal Burgas flights in March and postponed them to June. In Plovdiv they "seem" to be performing well on the Luton route. There are many articles online how bad they are becoming. Unsure if it is because of fleet issues, engine issues. They also have a very very fierce competition with Ryanair in many countries because Ryanair is older than them and have many planes and have the aim to beat them especially in Eastern Europe and the Balkans, new markets for them. This is why we see Hrvatska expanding so much for example. What is still very strange is the absence of Ryanair in Belgrade.

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  5. Anonymous09:06

    Meanwhile, Ryanair just increased Zagreb-Girona from 2 to 3 weekly!

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    1. Anonymous10:05

      So?

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    2. Anonymous11:30

      better company. They are also increasing Zadar after Wizz decrease Split. With new Dubrovnik base and by increasing Zadar for this summer, they did a excellent job

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    3. Anonymous12:43

      It will be great opportunity again for CTN for two days LF increase. It's not Wizz fault for 25% fleet on the ground but you could enjoy until first monthly numbers of passengers.

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  6. Anonymous09:07

    While bad at the moment, I assume growth in 2025 will be singificant.

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    1. Anonymous09:27

      2024 to 2025 growth will be absolutely insane, considering that not only will they acquire new planes and add frequencies, they'll also be able to use the entire grounded fleet.

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    2. Anonymous09:27

      2024 to 2025 growth will be absolutely insane, considering that not only will they acquire new planes and add frequencies, they'll also be able to use the entire grounded fleet.

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    3. Anonymous09:35

      They expect significant growth every year since 2022.

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    4. Anonymous10:45

      Growth to negative numbers, yes. Hopefully Wizz will go bankrupt and never come back

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    5. Anonymous10:46

      Stupidity.

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  7. Anonymous09:13

    How many aircraft will they have based in SKP and how many in BEG this summer in the end.

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    1. Anonymous10:38

      5 A320s in SKP and 3 in BEG, meanwhile TIA base will grow to 13 jets as od mid June…

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  8. Anonymous09:16

    Ryanair could have seen this as an opportunity.

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    1. Anonymous11:14

      no planes available

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  9. Anonymous09:16

    So many airlines having issues with neo engines. But it does seem like Wizz is most impacted.

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    1. Anonymous09:20

      Over 40 airline are currently impacted. IndiGo is also affected a lot.

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    2. Anonymous10:46

      Wizz always talked 'we have ThE BeST nEw pLAnES, we the BEEEST' and here they are now 😂

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    3. Anonymous13:15

      And what? The A320neo family isnt good? Isnt more fuel efficient and provides more comfort and lower engine sound? They didnt know that this will happen to them when they ordered the planes. At least they dont fly the MAX versions which crashed twice, which were grounded for years after, which doors open during the flight….

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    4. Anonymous14:59

      exactly, the A320 is by far the most successful series of modern aircratfs.

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    5. Anonymous19:36

      @13:15 Nobody says neo family is bad. For example NEO with CFM Leap has zero issues. But Wizz had that attitude about everything, they were like 'nothing can happen to us we are the best' and now look at them. Well deserved fall from grace.

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    6. Anonymous20:12

      IndiGo have ove 80 grounded jets

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  10. Anonymous09:24

    Disaster

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  11. Anonymous09:25

    :(

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  12. Anonymous09:25

    We need more Ryanair in the region

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    1. Anonymous10:35

      Because that airline would not make a similar decision in such circumstances?

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  13. Anonymous09:25

    Goodbye W6

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    1. Anonymous14:43

      Stop trolling. Wizz still remains largest carrier in ex-yu.

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    2. Anonymous19:37

      @14:43 Yes cause of cheapskate balkans people that won't pay for a normal ticket. They'd even fly on planes without seats just to pay less.

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    3. Anonymous19:41

      Everybody around the world are flying lcc not just us, and there isnt much difference between lcc and traditional carrier nowadays. Ryanair is very strong in France and Spain, Germany and Italy, so everybody that flies FR are cheap and poor? Complexs

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    4. Anonymous22:18

      @19.37 Ryanair carried 181.8 mil passengers last year. How about that? or only trolling here

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  14. Anonymous09:26

    We have been used to lots of growth from Wizz so this is unfortunate. Hope they manage to navigate this crisis and come back stronger.

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    1. Anonymous10:40

      Not true. We are used to lot of growth by Wizz Air and then canceling the growth, sometimes because of the pandemic, sometimes because of the engines or because they feel like doing that. We are already used to them reducing capacity after they increase it in mid-December.

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  15. Anonymous09:26

    Wasn't there a possibility to wet lease planes?

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    1. Anonymous09:33

      They have some leases, and they are getting new planes as we speak, but it's not enough for their plans so they cut where it suits them most. Some bases are upgraded, so it's not like all cuts in the entire network.

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  16. Anonymous09:27

    Tuzla might as well shut down.

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    1. Anonymous11:06

      They have 1 daily flight, at least, so it's not all doom and gloom for them yet. They can probably get to 3 daily if the tender achieves better results

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  17. Anonymous09:27

    That's pretty rough... Damn

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  18. Anonymous09:29

    Belgrade has no rest; Air Serbia cutting due to fleet issues, Wizz cutting due to fleet issues, Lufthansa affected too... Shame, after couple of great years, 2024 doesn't look good. At least the airport now has a better chance of handling summer traffic with more success than last year.

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    1. Anonymous09:46

      Belgrade will have the strongest summer on record, even with all the cuts. When the demand is there, there is always someone ready to step in and replace a struggling airline.

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    2. Anonymous11:51

      So who's stepping in?

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    3. Anonymous12:04

      Lol

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    4. Anonymous16:39

      Anon 09:46
      Would you care to support your prediction with some numbers?

      W6 is 22% down compared to previous year.
      What about JU capacity compared to previous year, Admin?

      So, how can it be record summer when 2 most important players are not growing, actually it's quite the opposite, one is dramatically down?

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    5. Anonymous16:45

      Air Serbia's capacity is ahead of 2023 level. The cuts that were reported are on initially planned capacity, which was even more ahead of 2023.

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    6. Anonymous07:16

      I would prefer if someone could come up with actual numbers, thank you.

      Not really sure, JU is up after latest cancellations, and even if it is, it would be really modest and impossible to compensate for this massive W6 cut.

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  19. Anonymous09:29

    Are they going to introduce Rome from Sarajevo as planned?

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    1. Anonymous09:38

      Highly doubt it at this point.

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    2. Anonymous10:23

      They cancelled Skopje-Luxembourg which they just launched in December so I don't think it is likely until winter at lest.

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    3. Anonymous10:47

      They ended all LUX operations, including those from FCO and OTP.

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  20. Anonymous09:34

    Seems our pockets will be the biggest losers. With less capacity in the region prices will be flying up over the summer. Seems I need to start planning and booking for summer now before prices become unaffordable

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    1. Anonymous09:43

      +1

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    2. Anonymous10:42

      I booked three flights with them in May ( Wizz ). Skp-Ham for 35 euros on May 1st, WAW-CPH for 13 euros on May 6th and CPH-SKP on the same day in the evening for 57 euros. My flight to VCE tommorrow was 30 euros round-trip with the return flight this saturday.

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    3. Anonymous11:43

      And what about HAM-WAW?

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    4. Anonymous13:16

      I will fly from HAM to Gdansk with Ryanair for 18 euros and Gdansk to Warsaw with LOT for 42 euros.

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    5. Anonymous13:17

      I am using HAM and CPH so that i can connect on my own. My flight to HAM arrives in the morning and my departute to Gdansk is at night, while my flight from WAW to CPH is in the afternoon and from cph to skp at midnight the same day.

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    6. Anonymous13:33

      Interesting. So which city you want to see? Or do you want to see all these cities for a couple of hours each?

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    7. Anonymous14:44

      Hhahahha nope, three days in Gdansk and three days in Warsaw.

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    8. Anonymous15:24

      I booked a flight with WizzAir fron Skopje to Malta in July and I paid 60€ for a return ticket.

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    9. Anonymous15:32

      I wish you the best on your holiday there or for whatever reason you are going ther3. I was in Malta last July and it is very warm there during that time. It was impossible to do anything between 1-5pm although everything was good, its a nice island and worth a visit.

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    10. Anonymous16:05

      Have a good stay in Gdansk and Warsaw! I understand that you are an aviation geek, but it would be a good idea to go by train between Gdansk and Warsaw rather than fly. Three hours travel time from city center to city center would cost you only 16 euro or little more if you want to travel faster than that. And you could do a stop in Malbork on the way to see the biggest brick building in the world - the Malbork castle. Actually only transfers fly in Poland between Gdansk and Warsaw:) Cheers!

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    11. Anonymous16:10

      Yes i considered taking the train between Gdansk and Warsaw but it was only 20 euros difference thats why i chose to fly with LOT, i want to experience the E-jets and your national carrier. But if i knew about the biggest brick building in the world a few days earlier, i would have definitely chosen the train. Thanks for the info!

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    12. Anonymous19:06

      SKP-WAW-SKP on your dates is 158€ with OS, thats not lot more then your odissey ;)

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    13. Anonymous19:46

      And Warsaw - Gdansk - Warsaw is 40 euros with train roundtrip ticket. I also want to see Hamburg at least for a few hours, while at CPH i dont plan to do anything as i have been there already. Anyways thanks for the info, i didnt even consider OU as i know that they are pretty expensive on their SKP-VIE flights, while JU doesnt fly to Warsaw and Gdansk, otherwise it would have been my choise deffinetly. I originally wanted to go to Tenerife in May but Wizz wouldnt be Wizz if they didnt change from FCO to CIA and reduce the flights, so that trip became impossible.

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    14. Anonymous20:10

      In Poland 27 April to 5 May this year is a so-called long weekend. 1 and 3 May are bank holidays, so everybody is on holiday for the entire week;) Expect a lot of people and prices to go up. As to myself I leave WAW and go to CPH;)

      Anon 13.33, 16.05.

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    15. Anonymous20:13

      The prices for tourist destinations from WAW skyrocket for outcoming flights at the beginning and for incoming at the end of the long-weekend, but CPH is not a very touristy destination, so I paid around 200 euro per ticket return on LOT.

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    16. Anonymous20:36

      @15:32 Thank you, I am glad to hear that! Me and my friends are going on a holiday to Malta, as we found it like a “cheaper” option for teenagers.

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    17. Anonymous22:00

      @20:36 Well its not that cheap, depends where you are staying. We were staing in Qormi which is some 20min from Valleta by bus or 45min with fast walking. But the problem is that there arent buses late at night to Qormi. Sliema and Valleta are the most expensive for accomodation. There is a whole street in Sliema with night clubs, one of them has the same name - havana like the one we have here in Skopje, and they have good hip hop and trap music on Fridays. We were lucky to experience the conect of one republic, the entrence was free, i think that every year there is some concert in Malta so check that out. Mdina is a must if you want to visit some places, however i wouldnt reccomend papaya village or however it is called as it was 30 euros to enter there and i think it is not worth it. Blue lagoon is also good but nothing special, there are many offers which you can find on the seaside in Sliema only, ours costed around 15 euros. Gozo is also worth a visit and there is ferry boat every hour or maybe even more then that. Malta was a good experience for me, however it didnt meet my expectations as many parts of the island look like Iran and Syria ( my opinion ). Also, when landing in Malta i suggest you not spending money on taxi from the airport as there are four buses from there T1, T2, T3 and T4 which will bring you to the most important parts of the island and from there on you will catch another bus if needed. There are ticket mashines outside the airport and there is a ticket for seven days which costs 25 euros if i remember correct ( it is worth it as to Mdina and popaya village you will need a bus ). I hope this helps.

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    18. Anonymous22:32

      Thank you for all of this information! We reserved a Hotel in Silema that has a beach view and a port where we can take a ferry to Valetta, although we are relatively close to it.

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    19. Anonymous23:38

      You are welcome.

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  21. Anonymous09:46

    Poor old Tuzla. Next Maribor

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    1. Anonymous09:55

      Wizz flies to Maribor?

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    2. Anonymous11:08

      No, the original comment is implying that Tuzla is on track to become like Maribor.

      As a Slovene, I disagree, Tuzla has scheduled flights at the very least and provides some connectivity to the region

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  22. Anonymous09:55

    That is a massive reduction.

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  23. Great opportunity for others to step up.

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    1. Anonymous10:23

      Hardly. Everyone is having issues of some sort. Even Croatia Airlines is having to wet-lease extra capacity!

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    2. Anonymous12:56

      What do you mean "even"?

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  24. Anonymous10:05

    Wow I was thinking that SKP is the most effected from this technical issues with Wizz planes ...

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    1. Anonymous10:49

      Nope cause SKP will have the same number of planes like last year, they only reductuon is that they will downgrade them from A321s to A320s which can be changed during the season. BEG is getting back to three planes which wasnt the case last summer. Therefore BEG has bigger reduction.

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    2. Anonymous13:10

      Yes make sense. Well I guess Wizz will fix out that engines until summer ?

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    3. Anonymous13:18

      Nope i think it takes around 6 month, but they may deploy A321s in skp and beg for some period in the summer, we never know. Also yesterday i saw that one of their six A320neos is finally in operations again after months of beeing grounded.

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  25. Anonymous10:21

    At this time, now is the time for JU to attack, but it can't work, lack of planes, dull times... I never expected that W6 can sink so much. Airports like SKP should not rely so much on one based carrier (foreign).

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    1. Anonymous10:22

      I think TAV and auctions should help more to attract new airlines, LH is a step in the right direction but I think we also need some like KLM, SAS, British Airways, ITA, Swiss. Ryanair or easyJet should be attracted with more destinations, around 10 for example.

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    2. Anonymous10:43

      easyjet reduces both GVA-SKP and BEG on two weekly this summer.

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    3. Anonymous12:00

      easy now flies almost exclusively seasonal Adriatic routes in our region, nothing more should be expected of them at the moment.

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  26. Anonymous10:44

    this would be the perfect timing for Ryanair to attack Wizzair at SKP

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    1. Anonymous14:47

      I dont think they will ever come in SKP and they better not. I dont want skp to end up like SOF or TIA and to be left with nothing at the end. Better to have one airline then two without knowing which will leave and when. I also dont know which routes FR can launch to SKP other then Weeze and Arlanda.

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    2. Anonymous14:52

      Yeah, otherwise Wizz haa too much of a monopoly, this might be their only chance. But Ryanair is surely also affected to some extent?

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    3. Anonymous14:57

      @14.47 gluposti, nobody is leaving SOF nor TIA just one will be bigger then the other

      @14.52 they are short of 10 planned aircrafts at least

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    4. Anonymous15:04

      14:47 LOL!!

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    5. Anonymous15:35

      Idk whats lol here. Yeah nobody left SOF but w6 is struggling there right now, tia war has just started. Which routes can FR launch from Skp? I am sure they wont add any leisure routes to Spain, Czechia, Cyprus, Italy or Greece which is what SKP needs. We already have many flights to Germany and other countries for the diaspora, FR cant launch Stansted as we need visa for UK, thats why Wizz flies this route three times per week, it used to be 4 and 4 before UK left EU. Maybe think a little bit with logic before commenting lol next time.

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    6. Anonymous15:38

      The diaspora market is already covered by Wizz and Germany is our strongest market by seat share. The CEO of FR has stated many times that they wont be expanding out of Germany if they continue to put up the prices aka airport fees. I really dont see any route which FR can launch to SKP other then Weeze, Arlanda and maybe Bergamo.

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    7. Anonymous15:47

      I loled at TIA and SOF will be left with nothing at the end.

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    8. Anonymous16:05

      I didnt mean that. I said that SKP will end up like them but will be left with nothing at the end, SKP isnt a strong market like SOF and TIA where two carriers can succeed. Its obvious that SOF is not left with nothing, for TIA we will see.

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    9. Ne se zaletuvaj16:45

      "I said that SKP will end up like them but will be left with nothing at the end"

      this sentence makes even less sence, da sum na tvoe mesto bi zamolcel. Im pretty sure you are the one that predicted 3.5mil as "realistic" maybe you should rereadtodays article

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    10. Anonymous18:03

      Da ti ja prevedam rechenicata: Skopje kje stane kako niv ( so dve lcc kompanii ) i na kraj kje ostane bez nishto a ne bez nishto isto kako niv. Ima razlika. Da jas rekov 3.5 milioni patnici pred da iskochi postov deka wizz kje go namali kapacitetot za 200k sedishta. Nema potreba da go prochitam postov povtorno, i nema potreba od vakva arogancija...

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  27. Anonymous10:47

    Sad thing is, growth would have been huge this summer of they didn't have this engine issue.

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      wizz is growing in more profitable bases and have increase of seats by 2% in the whole Europe

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  28. Anonymous10:54

    PRN also losing quite a few seats even though it's not a Wizz base.

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  29. To me this looks like the economic reality in Europe is biting dispite all the efforts of the politicians to deny it, probably because it was their fault in the first place and the fact that most of the population has done nothing to make them account for their mis actions

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    1. Anonymous11:17

      no it isnt.

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    2. Anonymous11:20

      Love how they don't even bother reading anything from the article

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    3. Anonymous11:54

      It may be record summer in Europe, hope to see 2019 level at least

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    4. Anonymous18:56

      TIV will have cca 1.250.000...so,inline with S19

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    5. I read the artcile and follow geopolitial news from around the world. I live outside of Europe as you may guess and the economic situation in Western Europe isnt that crash hot, just ask the Germans

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  30. Anonymous11:45

    All of their grounded aircraft at the moment:

    9H-WBX A20N Airbus A320-271N
    9H-WBY A20N Airbus A320-271N
    9H-WBB A20N Airbus A320-271N
    9H-WBA A20N Airbus A320-271N
    9H-WBW A20N Airbus A320-271N
    9H-WAN A20N Airbus A320-271N
    9H-WAK A21N Airbus A321-271NX
    9H-WBU A21N Airbus A321-271NX
    HA-LVE A21N Airbus A321-271NX
    9H-WAO A21N Airbus A321-271NX
    G-WUKN A21N Airbus A321-271NX
    HA-LVH A21N Airbus A321-271NX
    HA-LVD A21N Airbus A321-271NX
    HA-LZI A21N Airbus A321-271NX
    HA-LZE A21N Airbus A321-271NX
    HA-LGA A21N Airbus A321-271NX
    HA-LVB A21N Airbus A321-271NX
    HA-LZO A21N Airbus A321-271NX
    HA-LVF A21N Airbus A321-271NX
    9H-WAT A21N Airbus A321-271NX
    HA-LVP A21N Airbus A321-271NX
    HA-LZN A21N Airbus A321-271NX
    HA-LVI A21N Airbus A321-271NX
    HA-LVW A21N Airbus A321-271NX
    HA-LZP A21N Airbus A321-271NX
    HA-LZJ A21N Airbus A321-271NX
    9H-WAP A21N Airbus A321-271NX
    9H-WBL A21N Airbus A321-271NX
    9H-WAM A21N Airbus A321-271NX
    9H-WBS A21N Airbus A321-271NX
    9H-WBR A21N Airbus A321-271NX
    9H-WAH A21N Airbus A321-271NX
    HA-LVQ A21N Airbus A321-271NX
    9H-WBK A21N Airbus A321-271NX
    A6-WZC A21N Airbus A321-271NX
    9H-WBM A21N Airbus A321-271NX
    HA-LGD A21N Airbus A321-271NX
    9H-WBN A21N Airbus A321-271NX
    HA-LGF A21N Airbus A321-271NX
    HA-LZL A21N Airbus A321-271NX
    HA-LVC A21N Airbus A321-271NX
    HA-LVG A21N Airbus A321-271NX
    HA-LZX A21N Airbus A321-271NX
    HA-LZT A21N Airbus A321-271NX

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    1. Anonymous12:01

      What is the pace with which every plane is being checked and returned in service?

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    2. Anonymous12:02

      Ouch

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    3. Anonymous12:12

      Anonymous 12:01
      Could be anything between 4-6 months.

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    4. Anonymous12:21

      @"Anonymous12:01
      What is the pace with which every plane is being checked and returned in service?"


      Getting new engines could take up to 5-6 months, depending on manufacturer's spare capacity, d-check takes about 3-4 months per plane, if they have capacity to do D-checks on the entire grounded fleet, could be 3-4 months, if they don't could be years. Each d-check is also very expensive, about €2-3 million a pop.

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    5. Anonymous13:20

      @11:45 One of their A320neo is active again. So five are grounded for now which should also be active this summer as they have been grounded for a few months now.

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  31. Anonymous12:21

    cirkus wizz, gasi sve popunjene letove da bi uradio negdje bolje?!

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    1. Anonymous12:29

      ne nego je tvoj komentar cirkus. Have you even read the article?

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  32. What does it mean in plain English about reducing capacity? Says everything and nothing. Will Belgrade be once a week for example?

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      Reducing capacity means that less seats will be offered to each or some routes, downgrading them from A321 to A320 or less flights to each or some routes per week. I suggest you to read the article again.

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  33. Anonymous18:04

    And this is why Wizz is not a great airline - just a standard lowcoster

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      Can you explain how the problems with the engines which are affecting ALL airlines globally make Wizz Air a bad airline? Or you just saw the decline of the numbers and you felt confident to comment your negativity over here? Yeah Varadi coudnt wait to ruin their operations here in the Balkans, now he is so happy that the flights are reduced and that 20% of his fleet is grounded. Very bad airline, i dont know what else to say… Standard low coster? Have you had experience with other low cost carriers so that you know their standard? I have personally flown with Wizz Air and Ryanair over 40 times for the past three years and all of my flights had been great, there wasnt a delay caused by the airline or anything else which could make them worse then the traditional carriers which nowadays are basicly the same, the difference is that you pay way more for the ticket and in return you get a bottle od water on your flight which can also be purchased on Wizz for 3 euros.

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    2. Anonymous21:02

      Wizz Air is a bad airline for a lot of reasons. Among others they are a bad airline because (out of greed) they outsourced everything even core fields of operation like maintenance. They have zero own maintenance activity/capacity therefore they need to rely on their (more than five) maintenance providers which are even competing with each other. It makes the engine issue a lot harder and longer to cope with. Being penny-wise and pound-foolish could be their company motto painted on their aircraft.

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    3. Anonymous22:04

      And how does their maintenance deals and partnerships affect your flight experience with them? The crew is bragging about that on the microphone during the flight or what?

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    4. Anonymous22:10

      Flight experience tends to be very poor on hundreds of cancelled flights the article is about, innit?

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    5. Anonymous23:43

      As fas as my memory goes its not wizzair’s fold that the issue with the engines came up. Its not like they are very happy that they canceled the flights i.e. reduced them months in advance so that there arent people like you to complain, there is plenty of time to reschedule your ticket although i think that you dont have any, you are just trolling.

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    6. Anonymous06:12

      Obviously you can only discuss an airline on an aviation site if you have a ticket with them. You are kidding, right? They knew about the problem for 5-6 months already yet they only cancel those flights now after collecting the money from the people buying the tickets. Either they are very bad and slow in planning or they were selling tickets for flights they knew exactly they won't operate. Don't know which one is worse.
      They said in their financial report that they will need to ground 35 aircraft yet they have 51 grounded already. It's not rocket science, the affected serial numbers were announced a long time ago. How come then? Just check FB for photos in Ostrava airport 8-9 aircraft are lying around in long term storage (engines, windows and doors sealed) without anyone touching them. They are scr..wed without maintenance.

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    7. Anonymous07:55

      Well then here is a tip for you next time you plan your jorney so early. I never book flights months before the start of the season as i know that they will change the days of operating the route, the times and maybe even reduce it or increase it. They final summer schedule was made last month, as many airlines do not just them. Passengers with booked flights affected by the change of the schedule can change their ticket. Yeah i know about the planes in Ostrava, two of them were the ones that operated from SKP base.

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    8. Anonymous12:49

      I think it’s not just the maintenance. It’s more about the way what they deliver. If you choose a low cost carrier you clearly want no frills. The basic product remains on time point to point flights with the ancillary you booked. Wizz’ reliability in terms of on time, cancellation quota and service delivery such as seats is being worse for years. Also the refund of tickets is not really legal. In addition: they bring you to the wrong airport and do not even reimburse your extra costs. They are hyped for growing fast across Balkan region now they drop it and reduce significantly more compared to other markets they are on. Think about this and the engine issue is quite known - other airlines do better compensating drop of capacities.

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  34. Anonymous22:37

    In the case of Bulgaria can share with you that there is very fierce competion between Ryanair and Wizzair. Bulgaria Air received its 4th A220, but stuggling as a small airline and focusing on ACMI or transfer flights via CDG, AMS, LHR. They got destroyed by Wizz and Ryanair in very popular routes. Ryanair attacked Wizz by launching almost daily flights to Bari and now suddenly Valencia and Copenhagen. They know very well there is a big Bulgarian diaspora in Spain. Ryanair operate with bigger Max and modern "Polish" planes on more popular routes. They are going after Wizzair and destroying smaller carriers. This is why OU is struggling to expand. They either have to work on charters, ACMI. Air Serbia is trying to maintain China, Russia and the US. The thing is, more and more people are getting used to LCCs for very cheap prices. And yes, there are flights from London to Zagreb for 20€ and so are there flights from Málaga to Sofia. Same case with Budapest where there are flights to Canary for 50€, what is happening in Croatia as well. Europe is not huge as a continent and many places are close. It takes you barely 3 hours to cross the continent and so airlines know this very well. The point here is that competition has grown quite a lot and travel became very affordable. If you wanna go to Luxembourg, you will use FMM being much cheaper, if you live in CPH, might fly to MMX, etc. Only the Ryanair brand without Lauda, Buzz, etc have 300 planes. This figure is not small. They are a sneaky airline, but also help developed many small airports. Ciampino, Charleroi or Modlin are very good examples. Tirana and Morocco are the new "hits". What we know for sure is the very strong rivalary with Wizzair.

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    1. Anonymous23:45

      The more modern MAX planes you are talking about are not considered safe to fly by many people including me. Wizz will have seven A320s in SOF this summer. I agree with what you said.

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      But i dont agree that JU is trying to maintain China, Russia and US. They are succesful in doing that, not just that markets but also Spain, Italy and Germany as well as other routes cause they have resonable prices. For example, its 75 euros one way ticket from SKP to BLQ via BEG, which is not so expensive and always a good alternative when Wizz is expensive on certain flights. JU has managed to build a stable hub at BEG with lots of transfers from ex-yu and the Balkan overall.

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    3. Anonymous01:06

      Flying without checked baggage in Europe is cheap, but flying with checked baggage is expensive. Usually in other parts of the world you can fly with a legacy carrier with baggage for a reasonable amount more, LCCs charge too much for baggage. But in Europe even most legacy carriers are adopting the LCC business model of charging a lot for checked baggage.

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