Wizz Air to add aircraft to Macedonia base and increases routes

posted on 14th January 2019 by Justin Burns
Wizz Air to add aircraft to Macedonia base and increases routes

Wizz Air continues to expand in Macedonia and will add a fifth Airbus A320 aircraft to its Skopje base in July this year and start eight new routes.

New twice-weekly services will start from Skopje to Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Bremen, Larnaca and Turku and from Ohrid to Malmö, Milan Malpensa, Munich Memmingen and Dortmund, some new routes will begin March and some in July.

The fleet expansion will enable the carrier to increase the number of weekly flights on Wizz Air’s existing routes from Skopje to Gothenburg, Hamburg, Cologne, Malta and Basel from July.

The new aircraft allocation comes as a result of the successful tender that Wizz Air was awarded with in January 2019. Wizz started operations from Skopje International Airport in 2011, growing its fleet to four aircraft over eight years. In June 2018, two of the airline’s Airbus A320 aircraft have been upgraded to two Airbus A321.

The fifth aircraft represents a further $101 million investment by Wizz Air into Macedonian aviation and will contribute to the creation of over 30 new direct jobs with Wizz Air. With this announcement Wizz now offers 38 routes to 16 countries from two Macedonian airports: Skopje and Ohrid.

In 2018 the airline has carried over 1.4 passengers on its Macedonian routes, representing a 15 per cent year on year growth. The eight new routes announced today will bring an additional 200,000 seat capacity to the airline’s Macedonian network, totaling over 1.9 million seats on sale in 2019.