Cologne becomes Wizz Air’s 14th destination out of Skopje
Wizz Air will launch flights from its base at Skopje Alexander the Great Airport to Cologne Bonn Airport in Germany next summer season. The new flights will operate twice per week, every Monday and Friday, starting April 4. Tickets are already on sale. Cologne becomes the fourth new destination the low cost airline will be launching out of the Macedonian capital next summer, joining Beauvais, Charleroi and Hahn. In addition, it becomes Wizz Air’s fourteenth destination from the city. Next year, the low cost airline will base a second aircraft in Skopje and boost frequencies to Basel Mulhouse, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Gothenburg, Malmo and Memmingen. Flight details for the new Cologne service can be found here.
Wizz Air has had a successful run at Skopje Airport since basing its first aircraft in the city last year. Six of its routes are subsidised by the Macedonian government while the rest is operated on its own accord. This year, Dortmund has proven as Wizz Air’s most popular destination to and from Skopje. The airline has an average of 158 passengers per flight or a load factor of 88.2%. It is followed by Gothenburg with 156 passengers (86.9%) and Memmingen and Basel both with an average of 155 passengers per flight (86%). Eindhoven sees an average of 153 passenger (85.1%), Stockholm 148 (82.4%) and Milan 144 (80.2%). The Skopje - Treviso - Skopje service has seen the lowest load factor so far this year with an average of 140 passengers per flight or 78.2% of the cabin occupied.
Meanwhile, Macedonia’s busiest airport continues to struggle with fog and smog. Yesterday, all flights to the city were either cancelled or diverted to other airports. Germania, Adria, Austrian, Flydubai, Air Serbia and Croatia Airlines diverted their flights to Ohrid while Wizz Air rerouted to its base in Sofia. Helvetic Airways, Pegasus Airlines and Turkish Airlines cancelled their flights to Skopje yesterday. The airport’s closure during the busiest days of the winter season could jeopardise its attempt to break the one million passenger mark this year.