|Wizz Air expected to launch Skopje - Bratislava flights next summer|
Low cost carrier Wizz Air plans to launch flights from Skopje Alexander the Great Airport to Bratislava next year, according to the "Slovak Aviation" portal. The aviation website notes that services will begin next summer season, with the new route to be announced shortly. The Slovak capital is just fifty kilometres east of Vienna, with shuttle busses running between the two airports. Austria is home to a sizable Macedonian diaspora, while Vienna is Skopje Airport's third busiest route following Istanbul and Zurich. Wizz Air itself has still not commented or confirmed the route launch. According to the portal, besides Skopje, the airline will also fly from Sofia to Bratislava. Wizz Air last operated from the Slovak capital in 2010, when it suspended its four weekly flights to Rome.
The Managing Director of Bratislava Airport, Ivan Trhlik, said in August that flights between Bratislava and Skopje will launch by March 2016. He did not discuss the service in further detail, leaving out which carrier would operate the route. At the time, Ryanair's intention to launch flights to Skopje were linked to Mr Trhlik's statement, as the airline opened its 71st base in the city this March. However, "Slovak Aviation" writes, "Flights to Skopje will run two times per week and will operate with a Skopje-based aircraft". The portal notes that the low cost carrier aims for the route to primarily serve Macedonians living in Austria. Due to its costs, few no-frills airlines fly to Vienna.
Wizz Air introduced thirteen new routes from the former Yugoslavia from four different cities and opened its third base in the region this year. In Macedonia, it based its third aircraft in Skopje and introduced five new routes from the capital. In addition, the airline inaugurated one seasonal and one year-long service from the country’s second international airport - Ohrid. During the first three quarters, Wizz Air was Skopje's busiest airline, handling 49% of all passengers. The low cost carrier will launch flights from Belgrade to Baden-Baden next summer, its first newly announced route from the former Yugoslavia for 2016.