In 2017 Wizz Air, Macedonia’s leading airline, carried over a record number of 1.2 million passengers on its low-fare Macedonian routes, which represents a 20% growth year over year and supports 900* local jobs in associated industries. During the year, WIZZ expanded its Skopje fleet to four based aircraft and launched four new routes from the Macedonian capital to Budapest, Malta, Rome and Vaxjo.
-2017 was a year of massive expansion for Wizz Air. We delivered significant growth in all aspects of the business establishing WIZZ as one of the fastest growing airlines and putting in place foundations for continued growth over the next decade. With our proven ultra-low-cost business model, highly skilled, customer-oriented crew, young and modern fleet and excellent value service we are well placed to be the airline of choice for savvy customers in all countries we operate and continue our consistent and rapid growth bringing even more opportunities to Europe and beyond, said József Váradi, Wizz Air Chief Executive Officer.
Continuing its strong growth, Wizz Air has 1.6 million seats on sale on its Macedonian routes in 2018, 23% more than in the previous year. With its recently announced Ohrid-Vienna service, Wizz Air now offers 30 low-fare routes to 14 countries from its two Macedonian airports, Skopje and Ohrid.
-As the airline with the biggest share in passenger traffic, we expect Wizz Air to continue with the development of their business on the Macedonian market, investing in new destinations and increase of frequencies of the existing routes. All newly introduced destinations in this segment proved as successful, boosting even bigger demand by the passengers. TAV Macedonia as always will continue to focus to expand our network, but also to our main goal which is to provide high quality services to our passengers and clients, stated Alper Ersoy, TAV Macedonia General Manager.
Wizz Air announced today that, during 2017, it carried a record number of passengers from the Macedonian airports, expanded its operations significantly, placed its largest-ever aircraft order, launched a part-sponsored training scheme for aspiring pilots and introduced a number of enhancements to its customer experience.
In 2017 Wizz Air carried more than 28 million passengers on its low-fare routes, some 24% more than in 2016. 14 brand new aircraft joined Wizz Air’s fleet, with the 13 Airbus A321 and one Airbus A320 aircraft taking the total to 88 aircraft. The additional aircraft also saw an additional 600 direct jobs created with the airline, with more than 3,500 aviation professionals now working for the airline based at 27 airports in 15 countries, including the two newest WIZZ bases at London Luton in the United Kingdom and Varna in Bulgaria. Wizz Air also continued to develop its route network, with an additional seven airports and more than 100 new services growing the network to almost 600 routes across 145 destinations in 44 countries.
In another important milestone for the year, Wizz Air signed its largest aircraft order to date with Airbus for the purchase of a further 146 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft. The new agreement, once approved by the Company’s shareholders, brings WIZZ’s outstanding orders with Airbus to 282 aircraft, providing a committed delivery stream of aircraft until the end of 2026 and enabling the airline to continue to grow as well as renew its fleet and keep its fleet one of the youngest and most efficient in Europe.
Underlining its commitment to ensuring an excellent customer experience, Wizz Air also increased the size of free luggage allowance by 50%, further improved its online platforms including its state-of-the-art website and WIZZ mobile app and launched innovative products (Fare Lock, Flexible Travel Partner) to provide more flexibility to its savvy customers.
TAV Macedonia finished 2017 with 2 million passengers (2.027.344) at Skopje and Ohrid Airports, which is an increase of 13% compared to 2016. At the same time with the passenger’s traffic increase, the total number of flights at both Skopje and Ohrid Airports has been increased by 7% , reaching 18.130 flights in 2017.