|Wizz Air marks major milestone in Macedonia|
Budget airline Wizz Air yesterday carried its two-millionth passenger on flights to and from Macedonia since launching operations there four and a half years ago. The carrier, which dominates at Skopje Alexander the Great Airport, inaugurated flights from the city in June 2011 and has since constantly expanded its Macedonian network. In October 2012, Wizz Air established base operations in Skopje and now has three aircraft and 84 employees stationed in the capital. Last June, the airline started operations from its second Macedonian airport - Ohrid. Underlining its commitment to the country, Wizz Air recently announced three new routes from Skopje, connecting the city with three European capitals - Berlin, Copenhagen and Bratislava, which will launch on March 21, 22 and 27 respectively.
Wizz Air is now the leading airline in Macedonia, with a total country market share of 58%, offering 24 routes to eleven countries from its two Macedonian airports - Skopje and Ohrid. Last year, the carrier handled 734.931 travellers on its flights to and from Alexander the Great Airport, an increase of 31.9% compared to 2014, accounting for a passenger share of 50%. Furthermore, from Ohrid it carried am additional 60.000 travellers during its first year of operations. With three new routes from Skopje this summer, the airline has more than one million seats on sale for 2016, representing capacity growth of 22% on 2015.
Speaking at a press conference in Skopje yesterday, Gyorgy Abran, Wizz Air’s Chief Commercial Officer, said, “We are thrilled to celebrate this memorable milestone of two million Wizz passengers to and from Macedonia. We started our operations in 2011 in Macedonia and since then, we have earned the trust and loyalty of our Macedonian passengers, becoming the airline of choice in the country". He added, "With the establishment of our Skopje base and the continuous expansion of our low-fare network, we created a number of local jobs while stimulating tourism and the aviation industry. We now have three aircraft based in Skopje, each operated by Macedonian crews speaking the local language and providing excellent on-board service on every flight. We will keep on delivering low fares and services to best meet the needs of the Macedonian travelling public”.
|Wizz Air's Macedonian route network, summer 2016|