Hungarian low-cost carrier, Wizz Air, is reducing flights and closing its base in Bosnia. This will have an impact on the airline's operations and routes in the country. In this article, we will discuss the details and implications of Wizz Air's decision.
Reduction of Flights and Base Closure
Wizz Air will significantly reduce the number of flights from Bosnia and Herzegovina for the upcoming winter season. Compared to last year, the airline will operate only 17 flights a week, a significant decrease from the previous 54 flights a week. Additionally, Wizz Air is closing its base in Tuzla, resulting in the discontinuation of twelve routes. This restructuring of operations will affect both domestic and international flights.
Impact on Routes
As part of the reduction in flights, Wizz Air will discontinue its Frankfurt-Hahn to Tuzla route, bringing the total number of flights to Tuzla that will be discontinued to twelve. The airline will now only fly to Basel, Dortmund, and Memmingen from its former base in Tuzla. Wizz Air is also discontinuing its Abu Dhabi-Sarajevo flight, which was launched in 2021. However, the airline will be re-launching its service between London Luton and Sarajevo from September 25. These changes in routes will have implications for passenger traffic and connectivity.
Challenges and Negotiations
The closure of Wizz Air's base in Tuzla may pose difficulties for Republika Srpska, as the airline has a contract with Banja Luka airport until the summer season of 2024. Negotiations for an extension of the contract will be necessary to ensure continued operations and connectivity in the region.
Competition and Market Dynamics
With these changes, Wizz Air will now be in direct competition with Turkish Airlines in terms of weekly flights, with only a slight advantage of three more flights per week than its low-cost rival, Ryanair. This shift in market dynamics will have implications for travelers and the airline industry in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
These changes in Wizz Air's operations in Bosnia highlight the challenges and adjustments that airlines are making in response to the evolving travel landscape. Passengers and stakeholders will need to adapt to these changes and consider alternative options for their travel plans.
Questions & Answers
What is Wizz Air? Wizz Air is a Hungarian-based low-cost airline that operates scheduled flights mainly within Europe, with some intercontinental routes to the Middle East and Africa.
What changes is Wizz Air making in Bosnia? Wizz Air will reduce the number of flights from Bosnia and Herzegovina for the winter season, operating only 17 flights a week compared to 54 flights a week in the same period last year. They are also closing their base in Tuzla, resulting in the closure of twelve routes.
Which routes will be discontinued from Tuzla? Wizz Air will discontinue flights between Frankfurt-Hahn and Tuzla as of 30 October. The low-cost airline will now only fly to Basel, Dortmund, and Memmingen from its former base in Tuzla.
Is Wizz Air cancelling the Abu Dhabi-Sarajevo flight? Yes, Wizz Air is discontinuing its Abu Dhabi-Sarajevo flight, with the last flight scheduled for 28 October. However, it is possible that the service will be reinstated on 31 March 2024.
Which routes are being cancelled from Banja Luka? Wizz Air will cancel flights between Banja Luka and Stockholm Skavsta, with the last flight scheduled for 28 August. The flight between Banja Luka and Hamburg will also be discontinued on 28 October.
Will Wizz Air continue operating in Banja Luka after the winter season? Wizz Air has a contract with Banja Luka airport until the 2024 summer season, which means they will operate in Banja Luka until next March. They will need to negotiate an extension of the contract with the airport.
How does Wizz Air's flight frequency compare to other airlines in Bosnia? Wizz Air will have a similar number of weekly flights as Turkish Airlines this winter, with only three more flights per week than their low-cost rival Ryanair.