Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, celebrated the opening of their base in Skopje on 28.10.2012 with the arrival of their new Airbus A320. The first flight took off from Skopje Airport to Eindhoven at 10:45 local time, with 168 passengers and six crew members on board. Wizz Air’s six new routes will operate from Skopje Airport to Munich, Dortmund, Milan, Eindhoven and Malmo two times per week and to Basel three times per week, in addition to the Existing two routes to London and Venice. It is expected that these 8 destinations will transport over 300.000 passengers in the first year and support over 300 local employments.
The Press conference held at the CIP lounge at Skopje International Airport was officially opened by the General Manager of TAV Macedonia, Zoran Krstevski. After welcoming the Vice-Prime Minister, the Minister of Transport and Communications, the Director of the CAA, the Ambassadors of The Netherlands, Italy and Germany, as well as the Executive Vice-President of Wizz Air John Stevenson, Zoran Krstevski expressed his joy for the opening of the new base and the launch of the six new routes. “We are privileged to be able to establish the link between the Republic of Macedonia and Europe, and thus directly contribute to the realization of the dream of every Macedonian: to see the Republic of Macedonia as part of the European family. I can now conclude with utmost pleasure that Skopje International Airport fully justifies its state-of-the-art image and strengthens the constant strive to become a leading airport in the region. Macedonian citizens, as well as citizens from the region, will now be able to directly and very easily fly to European destinations at very affordable prices”, said Krstevski.
Speaking in Skopje, John Stevenson, the Executive vice-president of Wizz Air, said: “We are very happy that it is Skopje where today we open our 16th low-cost base. Since our announcement of the six new exciting destinations, the users from Macedonia and the countries with which we connect Skopje have gathered on our website to use the low-cost fares, and over 25.000 passengers have already booked their flights from Skopje to the new destinations, increasing the total number of Wizz Air passengers from Macedonia to over 100.000 since the beginning of our operations in the country less than a year ago. We expect to see a growth in low-cost air traffic to over 300.000 passengers in the first year from our new base. We celebrate today’s opening of the base by offering seats at wizzair.com at very affordable prices, starting at MKD 550.
Vladimir Peshevski, the vice-Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, added: “We expect to see a growth in the number of visiting tourists in Macedonia in the years to come, as a direct result of our investment in low-cost air traffic. We are pleased that one of the leading airlines in Europe, Wizz Air, is devoted to develop Macedonia air traffic and today we congratulate to this company and their local staff for the start of operation of their base in Skopje and the arrival of new aircraft.”
Wizz Air is the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, operating a fleet of 39 Airbus A320 aircraft from 16 bases, with more than 250 routes that connect over 80 destinations throughout 29 countries. The team of 1500 aircrew staff at Wizz Air offers flawless services and very affordable prices, making Wizz Air the preferred choice for more than 12 million Passengers in 2012.