Skopje Airport’s dream run continues
With less than twenty days to go until the end of 2013, Skopje Alexander the Great Airport is closing in on its millionth passenger and best result since 2000. In November, Macedonia’s busiest airport handled 71.582 passengers, an increase of 14.8% compared to the same month last year. Macedonia’s other airport, Ohrid, welcomed 966 passengers during the month. So far this year, Skopje has seen 925.972 pass through its doors, an impressive increase of 21.2%. Together, Macedonia’s two international airports have handled 1.003.168 passengers over the past eleven months, climbing 19% on last year. Driving the growth is primarily Wizz Air which launched new flights to Stockholm and Gothenburg from the Macedonian capital this summer and is planning another expansion next year.
Skopje Airport is on track to record its busiest year on record and best since 2000 when it welcomed just over 1.020.000 passengers. Next year the airport is also expected to see numbers grow as Wizz Air will base a second Airbus A320 in the Macedonian capital and launch flights to Charleroi, Beauvais and Hahn. In addition, starting next summer, Wizz Air will boost frequencies to Basel Mulhouse, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Gothenburg, Malmo and Memmingen thanks to the new jet. The arrival of the second aircraft will bring Wizz Air’s total fleet investment in Skopje to over 160 million dollars. By the end of this year, the low cost airline is also tipped to announce possible flights out of Ohrid.
In a few days, Germania will launch flights from Berlin to Skopje to complement its existing Dusseldorf service, which is further expected to boost numbers in December. Wizz Air remains the busiest airline operating out of Macedonia, followed by Turkish Airlines and Austrian. On the other hand, Istanbul remains the most popular destination from Skopje, followed by Vienna and Zurich. Despite the growth, Skopje is expected to remain the seventh busiest airport in the former Yugoslavia.