Second aircraft for Wizz Air in Skopje
The low cost airline Wizz Air has announced plans to expand its operations out of Skopje Alexander the Great Airport. The no frills carrier will launch three new destinations from the Macedonian capital from the start of the 2014 summer season. They are Brussels Charleroi, Frankfurt Hahn and Paris Beauvais. It will bring the total number of destinations offered by Wizz Air from Macedonia to thirteen. Furthermore, the airline will base a second Airbus A320 at the airport from April 16. Starting next summer, Wizz Air will boost frequencies to Basel Mulhouse, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Gothenburg, Malmo and Memmingen thanks to the new jet.
John Stephenson, Wizz’s Executive Vice President, said, “In response to the high demand for Wizz Air’s low fares I am thrilled to announce a new aircraft to our Skopje base. The arrival of the second aircraft will bring Wizz Air’s total fleet investment in Skopje to over 160 million dollars. Macedonian consumers are enthusiastic about our low fares". Wizz Air was widely tipped to announce the launch of new routes this year with the Macedonian government subsidizing the airline. Earlier this year, Wizz Air inaugurated flights from Skopje to Stockholm and Gothenburg.
Wizz Air has quickly expanded in Macedonia. It is currently the busiest airline in the country, handling 120.989 passengers in the first half of the year on direct flights to and from Skopje. Furthermore, Wizz Air has increased its operations in the Macedonian capital this summer by 350%, offering 27 weekly departures. Within the former Yugoslavia Wizz Air is not present only in Montenegro and Pristina. The airline has hinted it is considering expanding its flight offer from Ljubljana, where it currently operates flights to London and Charleroi. In addition, it is still keen on establishing services to both Sarajevo and Banja Luka.