Lufthansa And Wizz Air Among Winning Airlines of North Macedonia Subsidies

The government of North Macedonia has signed agreements with Lufthansa and Wizz Air to secure subsidies aimed at boosting the country’s tourism sector. The subsidies will be used to support flights to the country’s capital, Skopje, and the tourist destination of Ohrid.

Entrance of Skopje Airport at night
Skopje International Airport is a hub for Wizz Air. © Sebleouf

More About The Subsidies

The agreements are part of the country’s subsidy system, which aims to improve air connectivity to North Macedonia and increase tourist arrivals. Under the program, airlines are offered financial incentives to launch new routes or increase the frequency of existing services to the country.

Under the terms of the recently awarded tender, Lufthansa will launch a new service connecting Skopje and Frankfurt. The route will operate 10 times per week using a combination of Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft. Meanwhile, Wizz Air has announced plans to inaugurate four new routes from Skopje commencing November 1. The new destinations are Ljubljana, Luxembourg, Salzburg, and Stuttgart, with each city receiving three weekly flights. The moves by Lufthansa and Wizz Air come as North Macedonia seeks to boost its air connectivity, attracting more tourists to the country and stimulating economic growth.

The government hopes that the subsidies will help to offset the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the country’s tourism sector. North Macedonia saw a significant drop in tourist arrivals in 2020, with the number of foreign visitors falling by 75% compared to the previous year.

The subsidies are expected to increase the number of tourists visiting North Macedonia by making it more affordable and accessible for international visitors. The country is known for its rich cultural heritage, beautiful natural landscapes, and welcoming hospitality. With the subsidies, North Macedonia hopes to attract more visitors and boost its economy.

A Lufthansa Aircraft on a runway
Lufthansa will launch a new service connecting Skopje and Frankfurt. © Miguel Angel Sanz

About North Macedonia

Skopje and Ohrid are two of the most popular tourist destinations in North Macedonia, offering visitors a glimpse into the country’s rich cultural and historical heritage.

In Skopje, visitors can explore the Old Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest marketplaces in the Balkans. This bustling area is home to numerous shops and restaurants, as well as a number of historic buildings and landmarks, such as the Mustafa Pasha Mosque and the Daut Pasha Hamam.

Ohrid, on the other hand, is known for its stunning natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. The town is located on the shores of Lake Ohrid, which is one of the oldest and deepest lakes in Europe. Visitors can take a boat tour of the lake or simply relax on one of the many beaches that dot the shoreline.

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