Wizz Air has engaged in a major expansion in Bosnia and Herzegovina this year, with the launch of a total of 27 new routes. The Hungarian airline is a major reason why FlyBosnia, the country’s startup flag carrier, cannot break into the European markets.
Wizz Air bases its growth on operating in countries like Bosnia and Herzegovina. Photo: Wizz Air
Wizz Air is launching 27 new routes from Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2021
Throughout 2021, Wizz Air is launching a staggering 24 new routes out of three cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Sarajevo, Tuzla, and Banja Luka. 14 routes have already been launched, with 13 more to go.
In Tuzla Airport (TZL), Wizz Air successfully saw off Ryanair and now holds a full monopoly there.
In Sarajevo Airport (SJJ), Wizz Air is building such a strong presence that the startup flag carrier of Bosnia, privately-owned FlyBosnia, is unable to position itself in the market.
In Banja Luka Airport (BNX), Wizz Air is slowly edging out Ryanair, which is focusing on its brand new base of three Lauda Europe A320 aircraft in Zagreb.
Wizz Air is slowly cementing its dominance in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Photo: Getty Images
Which routes have been launched already?
Wizz Air has already launched 14 new routes in Bosnia in 2021. The first wave of route launches came in May when the airline stationed an A320 in Sarajevo International Airport (SJJ).
Sarajevo – Dortmund (DTM), launched 20th May and operating thrice-weekly until mid-NovemberSarajevo – Memmingen (FMM), launched 20th May and operating twice weekly until DecemberSarajevo – Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg (BSL), launched 21st May and operating two to three times weekly year-roundSarajevo – Copenhagen (CPH), launched 22nd May and operating twice weekly until mid-NovemberSarajevo – Eindhoven (EIN), launched 23rd May and operating twice weekly until OctoberSarajevo – Gothenburg (GOT), launched 23rd May and operating two to three times weekly year-round
Then came an expansion in Banja Luka Airport (BNX). Wizz Air entered this market without opening a base in the airport, so all these routes are operated by aircraft from other bases.
Banja Luka – Dortmund (DTM), launched 3rd June and operating twice weekly until NovemberBanja Luka – Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg (MLH), launched 6th June and operating twice weekly year-roundBanja Luka – Stockholm Skavsta (NYO), launched 6th June and operating twice weekly until OctoberBanja Luka – Malmö (MMX), launched 7th June and operating twice weekly year-roundBanja Luka – Eindhoven (EIN), launched 11th June and operating once to twice weekly year-round
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More routes are being added
Wizz Air has been adding more routes progressively to its Sarajevo base as follows:
Sarajevo – Brussels Charleroi (CRL), launched 14th June and operating twice weekly until NovemberSarajevo – Paris Beauvais (BVA), launched 15th June and operating twice weekly year-roundSarajevo – Stockholm Skavsta (NYO), launched 18th June and operating twice weekly until October
Finally, the following 13 routes remain to be launched, including three from an existing base in Tuzla Airport (TZL) and eight from Sarajevo where Wizz Air will add one more aircraft:
Sarajevo – Abu Dhabi (AUH), operated by Wizz Air Abu Dhabi and launching on 3rd OctoberBanja Luka – Vienna (VIE) from 1st NovemberBanja Luka – Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) from 2nd November and replacing BNX-NYOTuzla – Nuremberg (NUE) from 14th DecemberSarajevo – Venice Treviso (TSF) from 14th DecemberSarajevo – Malmö (MMX), from 14th DecemberSarajevo – Frankfurt Hahn (HHN), from 14th DecemberSarajevo – Cologne (CGN), from 14th DecemberSarajevo – Oslo Sandefjord (TRF), from 15th DecemberSarajevo – Hamburg (HAM), from 16th DecemberSarajevo – Billund (BLL), from 17th DecemberBanja Luka – Hamburg (HAM), from 17th DecemberTuzla – Milan Malpensa (MXP), from 17th December
Only one route so far, Sarajevo to London Luton, has been shelved.
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