Wizz Air first began operating to Belgrade in May 2010 when it started flying from London Luton (LTN) with four weekly flights. This was followed in June by three times weekly flights from Dortmund (DTM) in Germany. Malmö (MMX) and Rome Fiumicino (FCO) flights began in mid-December, but last week saw the airport become a designated base with Wizz Air allocating a dedicated A320 to Belgrade and introducing five new destinations: Brussels Charleroi (CRL), Eindhoven (EIN), Gothenburg City (GSE), Memmingen (FMM) and Stockholm Skavsta (NYO).
Looking at the airline’s schedule for each route, anna.aero has constructed what we believe to be the aircraft’s rotation plan for the week. This shows that it departs Belgrade every morning at 05:40 (to either Dortmund or London Luton), and operates either three or four daily rotations before returning to the airport in the late evening, or in the case of Tuesdays and Saturdays, shortly after midnight. Only London Luton (the airline’s busiest airport for operations but not technically a base), with four weekly flights, is served more than three times weekly. Indirect competition is provided by Jat, flying five times weekly to London Heathrow.
|Launch date||Route||Current WF||Competition (Airport, WF)|
|20 May 2010||London Luton (LTN)||4||Jat (LHR, 5)|
|12 June 2010||Dortmund (DTM)||3|
|15 December 2010||Malmö (MMX)||3||Cimber Sterling (CPH, 3), Jat (CPH, 3)|
|15 December 2010||Rome Fiumicino (FCO)||2||Alitalia (FCO, 7), Jat (FCO, 5)|
|29 March 2011||Brussels Charleroi (CRL)||2|
|1 April 2011||Stockholm Skavsta (NYO)||3||Jat (ARN, 4), Norwegian (ARN, 2)|
|2 April 2011||Memmingen (FMM)||2||Lufthansa (MUC, 21)|
|3 April 2011||Eindhoven (EIN)||2|
|3 April 2011||Gothenburg City (GSE)||2||Jat (GOT, 2)|
|Source: OAG Max Online for w/c 1 August 2011
WF: Weekly frequency
Only on the Rome route does Wizz Air face direct competition with both Alitalia and Jat also flying between Belgrade and Rome Fiumicino.
Belgrade sets new passenger record in 2010
In 2010, Belgrade airport handled almost 2.7 million passengers, up 13% on 2009, and beating the previous airport peak of 2.65 million set in 2008. The leading carrier at the airport this summer remains Jat Airways, which currently operates non-stop to 24 destinations (rising to 27 during the peak month of August) and accounts for around 40% of Belgrade’s scheduled seat capacity.
Other new routes starting from Belgrade this summer season include Croatia Airlines to Dubrovnik and Zagreb, Jat Airways to Dubrovnik and Girona, Olympic Air to Athens, and Spanair to Palma de Mallorca.