Eastern Europe’s largest low-cost airline, Hungary’s Wizz Air, will be opening a route from Copenhagen to the Macedonian capital of Skopje on 22 March of next year.
All of Europe’s major low-cost airlines now serve Copenhagen: Norwegian, easyJet, Vueling, Ryanair, Transavia and very soon also Wizz Air Chief Commercial Officer Peter Krogsgaard of Copenhagen Airports A/S
“Macedonia is currently a sparsely serviced and a rather uncultivated part of the European aviation market, so the new route from Copenhagen offers a good deal of potential,” explains Krogsgaard.
City breakaway to Skopje
Macedonia is a mountainous country neighbouring on Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia and Albania. The country’s capital, Skopje, was known as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities until an earthquake destroyed about 80 per cent of it in 1963.
Today, about one in four of Macedonia's two million people live in Skopje, and the old part of the city has been completely restored.
Another popular destination in Macedonia is the 3000-year-old city of Ohrid on the lake bearing the same name. The city has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980.
Growing Macedonian network
Wizz Air has expanded its presence in Macedonia in recent years, establishing bases in both Skopje and Ohrid. Now, the airline is adding Copenhagen to its routes, along with Berlin Schoenefeld and Slovakia’s capital of Bratislava.
“We’re very pleased to be able to announce three new routes out of Skopje to the capital cities of Denmark, Germany and Slovakia. We are confident that these new routes will become as popular as the 21 other routes in our rapidly growing Macedonian network,” said Tamara Mshvenieradze, Wizz Air’s Corporate Communications Manager.
The CPH-Skopje route will operate on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Facts about Wizz Air
- Founded in 2003, Wizz Air is a Hungarian airline headquartered at Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport and with a hub in Geneva, Switzerland.
- Last year, the company carried 16.5 million passengers.
- Its fleet of 64 Airbus 320 and 321 aircraft serve 116 destinations in 38 countries, mostly in eastern Europe.
- The airline has orders for an additional 147 Airbus 321 aircraft for delivery by 2024.
- While previously flying mainly from minor airports in eastern Europe, Wizz Air currently has routes from Gatwick and Luton near London, several minor airports in Sweden and Norway, and now also Copenhagen airport.
- Wizz Air also operates routes from Billund to Gdansk in Poland and Vilnius in Lithuania.