Soon in Skopje
Air Sweden will launch flights from Copenhagen to Skopje Alexander the Great Airport this March. The airline, which suspended all services in 2009, will resume operations in the coming months with Skopje to be one of its first destinations. Air Sweden will hope to capitalise on the success Wizz Air has had on its Skopje - Malmo service. The two cities are only forty minutes apart by car. Wizz Air handled some 2.802 passengers in the first month since launching flights between the two cities. Air Sweden will operate services between the Danish capital and Skopje twice per week using its Airbus A320. Further details can be found here. Tickets are already on sale and available for purchase via the airline’s website.
Skopje Airport closed off 2012 with 67.193 passengers handled in December, an improvement of 5% compared to 2011. As was the case with most airports in the former Yugoslavia in the last month of the year, the number of operated flights slumped by 9%. This is despite the fact that Wizz Air recently launched six new destinations from the Macedonian capital.
Overall, Austrian was the busiest airline in Skopje in 2012 and is most popular with business travellers, followed by Turkish Airlines and Wizz Air. Jat Airways was the busiest EX-YU airline flying out of the Macedonian capital followed by Croatia Airlines while Adria came third. Zurich, Istanbul and Vienna are the destination of choice amongst passengers flying out of Skopje. Despite several new airlines launching services to Alexander the Great Airport, its passenger figures rose by approximately 9% in 2012. The airport’s busiest year was 2000 when it handled 1.019.905 passengers due to the crisis in Kosovo and a major influx of refugees. Since then, the airport has been closest to that figure last year but is still some way off from breaking the million passenger mark. Air Sweden and B&H Airlines are the first two airlines to announce new services to Skopje in 2013.