According to sources close to Skopje Alexander the Great Airport, Eastern Europe’s largest low cost airline, Wizz Air, is considering setting up a base in Macedonia’s capital. Wizz, which will commence flights from London Luton and Venice to Skopje this summer, is being lured by TAV Holdings, the airport’s owner, which is offering concessions to the no frills airline. TAV believes that the only way Skopje can expand is by having a scheduled airline based at the airport. The Turkish airport operator hoped, at one point, that Turkish Airlines would set up a national carrier in Macedonia. Wizz Air’s bookings for the new Luton – Skopje service are going well, which led the airline to increase its initial frequencies.
Wizz Air is already studying the prospect of opening services from Charleroi in Belgium to Skopje. Furthermore, in 2011, Macedonia will fully implement the European Free Sky agreement, which would allow Wizz Air to set up a base in Macedonia with ease. The airline will most likely open its base in Skopje sometime in 2012. Wizz Air opened its 13th base in Europe last week in Belgrade, with bases set to open in Lithuania’s Vilnius and Romania’s Targu Mures later in the year.
Skopje Airport’s brand new multi million Euro terminal is set to open in October 2011. Together with a brand new building, the airport’s runway has also been lengthened.