Low-cost airline Wizz Air announced today its massive expansion in Skopje for 2017.
A fourth aircraft will join Wizz Air’s Skopje-based fleet in July and, at the same time, three new exciting routes will start operating to Malta, Rome Ciampino in Italy and Vaxjo in Sweden.
Wizz Air is today also celebrating an important milestone in Macedonia, reaching 3 million passengers carried on its routes to and from Macedonia. Over the past six years, since the airline launched its first flight from Skopje to London in June 2011, three million passengers have flown with Wizz Air.
The fourth aircraft joining the Skopje fleet represents a further investment of further € 99 million in Macedonia, creating 36 additional direct jobs and taking the total to over 150 direct jobs in Skopje. Demonstrating its dedication to the Macedonian market, the airline has continuously invested in its ever-growing network, offering now 29 routes to 13 countries from its two Macedonian airports: Skopje and Ohrid, including the route from Skopje to Budapest starting in April.
Along with the newly launched routes, the flights from Skopje to Eindhoven, Brussels Charleroi, Memmingen (Munich West) and Copenhagen will have a frequency increase up to three flights weekly, while the connections from Skopje to Gothenburg Landvetter, Bratislava and from Ohrid to Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg will have a frequency increase up to four flights weekly. At the same time, the popular routes from Skopje to Malmo and Mulhouse will now be served daily.
Speaking at a press conference in Skopje, Owain Jones, Chief Corporate Officer at Wizz Air said:
”Today’s announcement further underlines our commitment to Macedonia and dedication to bringing lowest-fare travel opportunities for our customers. Our investment into the Skopje base with an additional aircraft, three new routes and increased frequencies on existing flights means more jobs in Macedonia with us and our business partners and will further stimulate the tourism and hospitality industries and strengthen Macedonia’s business relations”.
Alper Ersoy, TAV Macedonia General Manager said:
“It is our great honor and privilege, before the start of the summer flight schedule, today to celebrate reaching three million Wizz Air passengers in Macedonia, allocating its fourth aircraft in Skopje and another good news: the announcement of three new routes to Rome, Malta and Vaxjo (Sweden), for which we are sure that will be met with great interest and excitement by passengers at Skopje Alexander the Great Airport.
“These three new destinations, together with the already announced new route to Budapest, which will start from the 2nd of April, are really attractive destinations, demanded by the market and will be a real success in the context of our route network expansion from both Macedonian airports. This is a result of our continuous marketing studies and activities. ’’