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  • And for those of us who have had to resort to BA or the Serbian equivalent of JAT, it's a great bonus on the price
  • However like all budget airlines it's initial price is never the final figure

    • by Gfeef

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      Wizz air falls squarely into the budget airline category, and yet in the midst of the continuing recession and even with Icelandic ash-clouds threatening swathe of closure it’s expanding. Wizz Air has chose for one it’s new routes a fairly uncompetitive line between Serbia’s capital , Belgrade, and the budget speciality London airport of Luton. It’s a great combination on paper. And for those of us who have had to resort to BA or the Serbian equivalent of JAT, it’s a great bonus on the price. You can now get flights from as little at £17. However like all budget airlines it’s initial price is never the final figure. The price for bags is quite steep (though the weight allowance is generous) and booking fees for using major cards are also high.

      Delighted though I was at the reduction of price it’s also got none of the frills of the alternatives, no food, no newspaper, etc. Wizz Air also seems to rate low

      on the priorities list, meaning almost all of the Wizz Air flights I’ve got on have been delayed. This Flight was no different. Missing our initial take off time by a matter of minutes (for no apparent reason) meant that we took off a whole hour late. They claimed the next available take off slot was a forty plus minute wait, strange how this never happens on other flights which routinely take off ten minutes of so late!

      The plane itself was clean and though each seat had a prominent advert in-front of your face, as well as less than luxurious leg room, it was perfectly adequate. It was quite full as well, a feat i’ve found the BA route unable to do, once boarding a plane on the same route (to Heathrow) containing less than 30 travellers. That said it was rather full of families, the babies and children noise being quite acute at moments, personally this does not bother me but ...

      • I am well aware that others found it frustrating. It is important to note that the fight empties it’s cargo of bags and passengers and fills up again within about a 20 minute slot, if the incoming flight is delayed then I would expect that would domino for quite a long time! The flight takes around two and a half hours. The food and drinks aboard are sold from a trolley much like you would find on the trains, with similar prices, and quite a limited selection. With the no drinks through security rule it is well worth stocking up on some things to eat and drink in duty free.

        All the staff on-board seemed to be fluent in both Serbian and English, though the pilot chose it give announcements in English, despite this obviously not being his first language. The lack of seat allocation, meaning you either join the scum for seats with friends or quit queuing and accept an isle seat

        at the last minute. Priority boarding is a priced premium and only given free to those travelling with under 5’s. The other big negative is the times. There is flight once a day each way, 3 times a week, leaving the UK at 5.35, arriving 21:25 (local times) which is quite acceptable, though the return flight is a little more frustrating, leaving Belgrade 21:55 and getting into Luton at 23:30. By the time you have negotiated passport checks (which coincidently are low staffed at this time of night) you finally emerge blurry eyed at gone midnight, to find next to no public transport running.

        Overall, if you want to save your cash for the Exit festival in Novi Sad, or you can’t afford to waste the pennies then this new route is fantastic. However, don’t be duped into thinking it’s as cheap as it first appears, all the extra’s add up and the times are flights are rather antisocial for you friends and family to play taxi.

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