1st of December 2016

Wizz to launch Budapest Flights to Skopje in 2017

Wizz Air is set to commence services from Budapest to a number of cities in the former Yugoslavia next year after it secured subsidies for the flights from the Hungarian National Development Ministry several months ago. Sarajevo Airport has confirmed that Wizz Air will begin operations between the two capital cities in the spring of 2017. Flights to Podgorica, Pristina and Skopje are also set to follow later in the year. If the airline incurs losses on its routes to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro, it can seek compensation from the Hungarian government. Tender procedures to select the operating carrier for the abovementioned services was launched in April. The no frills carrier was the only airline to apply. The Hungarian Development Ministry believes the new routes, which will run at least twice per week under a four-year contract, will help boost trade and tourism. The flights will be financed from EU funds.

Budapest Airport says it is sees great potential in the Balkan market, particularly within the former Yugoslavia. Travellers can currently only reach Podgorica, Sarajevo, Tirana and other Balkan destinations from Budapest via Vienna or Munich.  The Hungarian national carrier, Malév, operated thirteen weekly services to Skopje prior to its collapse four years ago. Belgrade is currently the only capital city in the former Yugoslavia with a direct link to Budapest.