Low cost carrier Wizz Air is continuing to reduce its operations out of Bosnia and Herzegovina this coming winter season, which begins on October 29. In addition to the planned closure of its Tuzla base from mid-September, which will result in the termination of twelve routes after the airline recently added Hahn to its list of discontinued destinations from the city, the budget carrier will also suspend operations between Abu Dhabi and Sarajevo. The final flight on the route, launched in October 2021, will run on October 28. Ticket sales have been discontinued thereafter, however, the airline is expected to restore services between the two capital cities on March 31, 2024, although changes remain possible at this early stage.
Wizz Air will also end operations from Banja Luka to Stockholm Skavsta, with the last service planned for August 28. Furthermore, flights from Bosnia and Herzegovina’s second largest city to Hamburg will come to an end on October 28. As a result, Wizz Air will maintain operations from Banja Luka to Basel and Dortmund this coming winter. For its part, operator Airports of Republika Srpska said airlines reserve the right to modify their network of destinations and that Banja Luka Airport has a contract in place with Wizz Air until the 2024 summer season, next March, meaning the two sides are yet to negotiate the carrier’s operations past this date.
Wizz Air’s only new addition in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the coming months is the resumption of its two weekly London Luton – Sarajevo service on September 25. As a result, the budget carrier will maintain just seventeen weekly departing flights out of the country this winter, down from 54 weekly services during the same period last year. Wizz Air, which has maintained its position as Bosnia and Herzegovina’s largest carrier for several years, will be tied with Turkish Airlines for the number of operated weekly flights this winter, and will have just three weekly departures more than its low cost rival Ryanair.