The low-cost airline Wizz Air will close the Sarajevo base, which only opened last year, at the end of October 2022. The closure means that only routes between Germany and the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina will be discontinued. Basel-Mulhouse is also affected.
Wizz Air opened in May 2021 a base in Sarajevo. After Tuzla, this was the second station in Bosnia-Herzegovina. At the end of October 2022 it will be over again, because people are largely withdrawing from the capital. Only two routes will remain. At least some of the capacity previously available from Sarajevo will be relocated to Tuzla, but will be available there at the beginning of the 2022/23 winter flight schedule period Competition from arch-rival Ryanair.
Dortmund, Memmingen, Hahn, Hamburg and Saarbrücken in Germany were affected
With the exception of the connections to Abu Dhabi and London-Luton, all other routes will be discontinued. The two routes mentioned are not served by Wizz Air Hungary, but by Wizz Air Abu Dhabi and Wizz Air UK respectively. The following destinations in Germany, which are no longer served, are affected by the base closure: Dortmund, Memmingen, Frankfurt-Hahn, Cologne/Bonn, Hamburg and Saarbrücken. One has the latter destination only recorded on June 14, 2022. Furthermore, the flights between Sarajevo and Basel, Copenhagen, Eindhoven, Gothenburg, Charleroi, Beauvais, Skavsta, Malmö, Billund, Sandefjord and Treviso will be cancelled.
The closure of the Sarajevo base has been on the cards for several months. Wizz Air has several steps the offer was sharply reduced and some routes already exposed. One of the stationed Airbus A320s has already been withdrawn.
Passengers should now be careful when booking Wizz Air tickets to Bosnia-Herzegovina, as the carrier has not removed the destination from the reservation system. For example, if you select the Sarajevo-Cologne-Sarajevo route for November 2022, you can “book” it. The carrier indicates in small letters that the flight starts or lands in Tuzla.
Mostar from summer timetable 2023
The low-cost airline is partially relocating the capacity previously offered from Sarajevo to Tuzla and Mostar. In the future, flights to Eindhoven will be offered from the first airport mentioned. The destinations Memmingen, Basel and Dortmund are headed for more frequently. At the same time you get a competitor in Tuzla with Ryanair. In November 2022, the Irish competitor will start non-stop flights to Memmingen, Stockholm-Arlanda and Vienna.
In the 2023 summer flight schedule, Wizz Air also include Mostar in the route network. Corresponding contracts have already been signed, but the carrier has not yet announced the routes. In Bosnia it is expected that destinations in Germany and Vienna could also be included. However, there is no official confirmation from the airline yet. Last had the competitor Eurowings finally withdrawn from Mostar.
Another airport that Wizz Air has in its route network in Bosnia-Herzegovina is Banja Luka. This extremely small regional airport offers non-stop flights to Basel, Dortmund, Hamburg, Skavsta and Malmö. Competitor Ryanair flies to Berlin-Brandenburg, Charleroi, Gothenburg, Memmingen, Nuremberg, Bergamo, Stockholm-Arlanda and Vienna. Air Serbia also connects the airport of the Republic of Srpska to the hub in Belgrade.