best OW UK to SKP ?

Old Oct 13, 19, 4:59 pm
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best OW UK to SKP ?

Hi, hoping to tap the group knowledge/experience here - are there any oneworld (or, oneworld 'leg one') routes to SKP ? I can see LHR via ZAG with BA then Croatian, so I can have a nibble and glass of wine at T3 but leaves me wih 4hrs in ZAG outbound with (presumably?) no lounge as 2nd flight is not oneworld, and nothing at SKP on return either.

Does anyone do this journey regularly and have a better idea before I book? Travelling Y but BAEC silver (possibly gold next month when I take this trip, but doubt that makes much difference). Origins LGW/SOU/LHR ideally.
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Old Oct 13, 19, 5:04 pm
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The only OW airline operating to SKP is QR from DOH. For non low cost carrier airlines in to SKP, transit points are ZAG (OU), VIE (OS), IST (TK), ATH (A3), BEG (JU). As you can see...it has decent *A coverage!

Obviously there is service on Wizz from LTN-SKP (not daily though), but coming from the south coast I guess you'd be as well forgetting about that.
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Old Oct 13, 19, 5:42 pm
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Cheers. Yeah LTN is a pain, especially since I don't drive so the morning service means a 3/4am taxi or a lovely night in Luton before (and I'd far rather sleep in my own bed, hit a OW lounge in London then transit somewhere I can ideally get a drinkable glass of wine, and as a bonus avoid Wizz!). But Qatar via Doha seems a stretch for me to justify!

Don't suppose any suggestions from anyone on the 'best' plan? If not I'll go with ZAG....
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Old Oct 13, 19, 5:55 pm
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Actually just booked a jaunt to Zagreb for my birthday next month. There is an airport operated lounge and by all accounts after doing some research it's decidedly better than you'd anticipate. You can use PP or pay for access however when looking the place up I did note that they have signed an exclusive deal with Amex to be the only payment they take now( im guessing this doesn't affect PP/ DP etc). It's the lounge BA use & it is available to J class pax on Croatian taking international flights which you would be( it's unclear your plans on cabin for a 2nd leg). As there's no OW coverage after ZAG maybe look at the cost difference between Y & J if you want to take that routing. Our return leg is 14th november and happy to give feedback if it lives up to expectations IF lounge access figures enough to influence routing/ cabin selection.

I know it's not OW but if memory serves me right we flew good old sleazyjet from LGW-SKP but this was a couple years ago so if you could face flying on the orange bus directly it would still need checking to see if the routes still around.

Skopje was a lovely place when we visited make sure you spend some time in the old town( we stayed there and actually prefered it) People are great, foods pretty good and crime seemed low. The roads are very hit and miss though if you're going to be driving around the city or country.

The new( ish) lounge is here Franjo Tu?man Airport Zagreb - Business Lounge and as I said from research it's looked upon quite positively
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Old Oct 13, 19, 5:57 pm
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Like most of central and eastern europe SKP is not well served by OW, much better served by *S

I suspect that flying to Doha and back is going a little out your way, so youa re probably better looking at non OW options.
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Old Oct 13, 19, 6:19 pm
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Just go direct and pay for the bells and whistles (such as they are) on Wizzair. Other than lounge access and the suboptimal boarding experience there is little to distinguish them from mainline BA ET.
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Old Oct 13, 19, 6:52 pm
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As OP is south coast i'd lean towards EZY out of LGW ( IF they still fly it as stated above) rather than Wizz out of Luton. Having had the matching experience ( don't drive) of staying a night in LTN it's a loathsome experience of several hours on a train, paying for the bus to get to the airport and then being stuck in their leaky shed of a terminal building with little in the way of facilities and 'bonus extras' of expecting you to pay for a liquids bag if you haven't had the foresight to bring your own. The local hotels aren't anything to write home about and of course push up the overall cost if used. LTN from the south coast for those of us who don't drive is a nightmare to get to and, just imho, even worse when you arrive at the place.

EDIT: Okay having checked their ( EZY) route map it looks like they have stopped flying to SKP and now do PRI / Kosovo instead so guess that's off the options list.

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EZY out of LGW ( IF they still fly it as stated above)
They don't. Not sure if they ever did either!
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Old Oct 13, 19, 10:38 pm
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They don't. Not sure if they ever did either!
Maybe I need to look back through travel and find who the hell we flew with then lol
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Old Oct 14, 19, 1:48 am
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For my annual winter work meetings in Budva (Montenegro), I'd fly BA to Zagreb and Croatia Airlines to Dubrovnik and then drive into Montenegro. It was a pain, with a travel time that'd get me half way to Australia.

For the sake of 80TPs, and with OH in tow, it just wasn't worth it. So I just booked with Austrian via Vienna into Podgorica.
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Old Oct 14, 19, 2:08 am
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Isn’t this where we really feel the loss of MA?

In this particular case, I would not try to fly OW. It’stoo high risk on separate tickets too. Lounge access is handy but not enough to justify the inconvenience either.
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Old Oct 14, 19, 2:58 am
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Cheers all.

I guess since the only direct option is Wizz from Luton and that pains me both ways I need to find *something* indirect, and it made sense in my head to gravitate to OW (as TWCLAM says, LTN not the best place to overnight before a morning flight - plus it isn't daily, and the return days don't work for me either ). If Wizz was daily and a late afternoon/evening flight from Luton I'd probably take it - I've flown Wizz plenty in the past so not pure snobbishness - but the Saturday return is a deal breaker.

what risk am I missing here, missed connections? I found a Turkish route via IST if you're advising I stick to one carrier, but all that really does is give me a couple of hours more sat in a hotel in exchange for fighting the crowds in the terminal. And I'm sure it's all perfectly fine, but it doesn't seem the *best* month to book a flight in to Turkey....
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Old Oct 14, 19, 3:01 am
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BA will sell you a through ticket via ZAG connecting on to OU. That seems like the only OW option?
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Old Oct 14, 19, 3:03 am
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I regularly fly to SPU. In Winter when BA don't fly (for many years it's been a summer only route) BA.com offer me a routing via ZAG with the connection on OU - all one PNR. I have just tried a dummy booking LHR-SKP in late November and the same option is offered, with ZAG - SKP on OU.
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Old Oct 14, 19, 3:38 am
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drwook welcome to Flyertalk and welcome to the BA Forum, and I very much hope we will see more of you here in the future.

I would be the first to admit this is under the hegemony of Star Alliance, I'm not sure it makes them much money, but I'd give up looking to BA, except perhaps in getting to FRA/MUC.
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