Tuzla International Airport is in the process of negotiating a new agreement with low cost carrier Wizz Air, which might result in the introduction of new routes and the possible stationing of a third aircraft at the airport.
The two sides have recently met in Osijek, where Wizz Air had launched training of pilots, and will continue discussions in Tuzla early next month, the Exyuaviation.com reported.
“Both sides have shown their willingness to reach an agreement. In any case, we must define certain things. If all goes according to plan, we expect Wizz Air to introduce some new routes from Tuzla Airport”, said Esed Mujacic, the Airport’s newly-appointed General Manager.
Tuzla Airport’s contract with Wizz Air expires in June, and a new four-year deal is likely to be signed. However, according to Exyuavation.com, the slow development of Tuzla Airport’s infrastructure - including the extension of its runway approach lights - continue to be a sticking point between the two sides.
Wizz Air is the only airline operating scheduled flights out of Tuzla. The airline currently maintains twelve routes to five countries from the Tuzla International Airport: Dortmund, Cologne, Friedrichshafen, Berlin Schönefeld, Baden-Baden, Memmingen, Frankfurt Hahn (Germany), Billund (Denmark), Eindhoven (the Netherlands), Basel Mulhouse (France), Gothenburg and Malmö (Sweden).
Regular flights to Vienna (Austria), Växjö and Stockholm (Sweden) will be introduced on March 29, at the beginning of the summer season, while charter flights to Antalya (Turkey) will operate on Tuesdays and Fridays between June and the second half of September.
Potential new Wizz Air routes include Hamburg or Hannover, Paris Beauvais and Milan, as well as the possible resumption of services to London Luton and Norway’s Sandefjord, which were previously suspended from Tuzla by the budget carrier.