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Tuzla success for Wizz Air

Wizz Air has successfully launched its first flights from Bosnia and Herzegovina with strong passenger numbers recorded on its service between Malmo and Tuzla. The low cost airline welcomed 149 passengers onboard its inaugural flight last Wednesday with strong figures recorded on yesterday’s service as well. Better than expected bookings have led the airline to increase its originally planned two weekly service to three times per week. Furthermore, Wizz will introduce flights from Basel and Gothenburg to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s third largest city on June 15 and June 17 respectively. The airline is targeting the large Bosnian diaspora in Sweden, Germany and Switzerland by offering direct flights to the country.

Speaking at the service launch in Tuzla, Wizz Air’s Chief Commercial Officer, Gyorgy Abran, said, “Over the past few months Wizz Air has invested in the development of aviation and tourism in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Now we are at a crossroads, a historic moment. Flights to the popular Swedish city of Malmo have been long anticipated and in this way we are announcing the arrival of low fares in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Our presence in Tuzla demonstrates our commitment to Bosnia and Herzegovina and we hope to further develop our operations in this market”. The airline estimates it will carry some 30.000 passengers in its first year of operations from the city. Furthermore, the low cost carrier hasn’t ruled out future flights to Mostar and Banja Luka.

Meanwhile, Wizz Air is recording strong results in other EX-YU markets as well. In May alone, the airline carried 31.063 passengers to and from Skopje and has positioned itself as the busiest airline operating out of the country. In total it handled 120.989 passengers in the first five months, well ahead of second placed Turkish Airlines. After basing its second aircraft in Belgrade over the weekend and launching new flights to Oslo and Paris, Wizz Air anticipates it will handle over 480.000 passengers in the Serbian capital, making it the second busiest airline in the country.

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Wizz Air looks to Ohrid and Sarajevo

Wizz Air is continuing to eye new destinations within the former Yugoslavia with Ohrid being the latest point of interest. The low cost airline held talks with city and airport authorities regarding the possible launch of flights from the lake side town, which could attract both diaspora passengers and holiday makers. Mayor Nikola Bakračeski says local authorities are prepared to provide subsidies to the airline for it to launch flights, which would in turn fuel local business and tourism. Wizz Air sees potential in Ohrid as an average of 30% of passengers using Skopje Airport come from south west Macedonia, where Ohrid is located.

Wizz Air has identified northern Italy, Switzerland and Germany as potential destinations from Ohrid. Furthermore, the airline believes it could attract passengers from Albania as well due to the town’s close proximity to the Albanian border. Ohrid Airport is currently served only on a seasonal summer basis by Jat Airways with flights from Belgrade and Jetairfly from Brussels. Wizz Air recently announced flights from Tuzla and already has two hubs within the former Yugoslavia – in Belgrade and Skopje. Wizz Air has a sizable order for 92 Airbus A320s with the airline looking to deploy the aircraft across Central and Eastern Europe in the coming years.

Meanwhile, Sarajevo Airport and Wizz Air are planning to go back to the negotiating table after talks between the two sides collapsed last year. Sarajevo Airport is unwilling to lower its taxes, a key demand made by the low cost airline. “We are negotiating with Wizz Air because we believe that the airline could link us with European destinations such as London and Brussels. We held thorough talks in 2012 and we have not given up. Upon Wizz Air’s request we resumed talks on March 12 in order to reach a compromise and for Wizz Air to launch flights from Sarajevo in 2013”, Vedrana Vikić Musić, the head of Sarajevo’s Aviation Services Sales Office says.

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Wizz Air from Tuzla to Basel

Wizz Air has announced the launch of its second destination from Bosnia and Herzegovina’s third largest city, Tuzla. The low cost airline will launch services from Tuzla to Basel Mulhouse from June 15. Flights are set to operate twice per week, every Tuesday and Saturday. The services will come in handy for the sizable Bosnian diaspora in Switzerland but also those in nearby Germany and France. Additional flight details for the planned new route can be found here. The low cost airline has already put tickets on sale on its website.

The news comes only a week after Wizz Air announced it was launching its first flights to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The airline will inaugurate services from Malmo to Tuzla on May 31. The no frills airline expects to carry up to 30.000 passengers from Tuzla in its first year. The service will also boost passenger numbers at Tuzla Airport which handled 4.191 passengers in 2012, its worst result in more than three years.

With the addition of Bosnia and Herzegovina to its network, Wizz Air will operate more than 260 routes across 31 countries. This summer season, the airline will boast a significant network from the former Yugoslavia. In the table below you can review which destinations the no frills airline will be serving from EX-YU cities.

Wizz Air launches 2 weekly flights to Tuzla:

Flight number: W64294

Departure city: MLH
Departure time: 17.30
Arrival time: 19.15
Arrival city: TZL
Aircraft type: A320
Day operating: -2—6-

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Flight number: W64293
Departure city: TZL
Departure time: 19.45
Arrival time: 21.40
Arrival city: MLH
Aircraft type: A320
Day operating: -2—6-
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