TAV Macedonia, the company operating Skopje International Airport and Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe and Macedonia’s leading airline, celebrated today the deployment of airline’s fourth aircraft at Skopje base and the commencement of 3 long-awaited routes to Rome, Malta and Vaxjo (Sweden).
-Wizz Air, Macedonia’s number one airline, keeps growing and providing more opportunities to our customers to travel in Europe and beyond on the lowest fares. Our fourth aircraft at Skopje Airport will create a number of additional local jobs with WIZZ and the new destinations added to the network mean an even greater choice for WIZZ passengers of 27 popular routes to 13 countries operating from Skopje. Our fantastic crew will ensure an excellent travel experience for each passenger traveling on board one of Europe’s youngest fleets, stated Sorina Ratz, Communications Manager at Wizz Air.
The modern 180-seater Airbus A320 aircraft will support operations on the new routes from Skopje to Malta, Rome and Växjö. Passengers planning their holidays or weekend getaways to any of these exciting destinations can book their tickets on wizzair.com from only MKD 1119.99*.
Wizz Air’s continued expansion in Macedonia underlines the airline’s commitment to its Macedonian customers which began with its very first flight from Skopje to London-Luton in 2011. The new aircraft allocated today to WIZZ’s Skopje base is bringing the total investment by Wizz Air in Macedonia to over $396 million** and a local staff of 139 employees.
-I would like to express our appreciation for the decision of Wizz Air to base its 4th aircraft at Skopje International Airport, which is an important decision since the investment is huge and it shows that Macedonian aviation is still developing and stable. With basing 4th aircraft the airline will add three more new destinations - Vaxjo (Sweden), Malta and Rome, and increase the frequencies of some of the existing routes. TAV Macedonia will continue to work on opening new routes, expanding the frequencies of the existing ones and bringing new airlines on the market, for which we closely cooperate with Ministry of transport, and all competent governmental institutions, stated Alper Ersoy, TAV Macedonia General Manager.
Wizz Air’s massive expansion at its Skopje base brings an 17% increase to its total yearly capacity, including the increased frequencies on some of the most popular routes to: Eindhoven, Brussels Charleroi, Memmingen (Munich West), Copenhagen, Gothenburg Landvetter and Bratislava. At the same time, Wizz Air will provide a daily connection from Skopje to the popular destinations like Malmo and Mulhouse. The extended WIZZ low-fare network from Macedonia will further stimulate tourism and hospitality industries, while strengthening business relations between the countries.
Since the beginning of 2017, over half a million passengers traveled on WIZZ routes from Skopje, which is an increase of 12% compared to the same period last year and which supported over 375 jobs*** in associated industries in the area. Wizz Air’s local crew, trained to the highest standards, welcomes all passengers on board of one of the youngest fleets in Europe, delivering excellent customer experience on every flight to any of the 27 destinations available from Skopje.
Already the leading airline in Macedonia, Wizz Air continues to bring the lowest fares to customers as well as creating new opportunities for eager travelers. In total, in 2017, over 1.3 million WIZZ seats are on sale on 29 routes to 13 countries from two Macedonian airports: Skopje and Ohrid, an 18% increase year-on-year.
TAV Macedonia in the first 6 months of 2017 marks 6% increase in passenger’s traffic number, compared to the same period last year, or at both Macedonian airports, from January until June passed a total of 860.130 passengers. With the additional destinations by Wizz Air and other airlines, and the increased frequencies, from TAV Macedonia expect higher increase rate of traffic during the second half of this year.