Three-quarters of Tirana’s winter seat capacity is provided by ULCC giants Wizz Air and Ryanair, based on Cirium schedules information. While Wizz Air has served the Albanian capital since April 2017, the first flight by Ryanair was on 31 October 2023 – the first day of W23. Ryanair immediately became the airport’s second-largest operator, which […]


With 2023 almost done and dusted, it seems a good time to analyse how European air travel has evolved since 2019. With this year (arguably) the first normal year for travel post-pandemic, how have Europe’s biggest airlines and country markets performed compared with four years ago? Overall, according to our analysis of Cirium schedules data, […]

Tirana Air Service with Wizz Air

Albania has emerged as Europe’s fastest growing aviation market with passenger numbers at its gateway in the capital of Tirana more than doubling compared to the pre-pandemic 2019. The country’s thriving tourism industry, a new airport operator and an ensuing battle between ULCC juggernauts, have secured the country’s position as star performer in the European […]

October 23, 2023 | Airlines, Airports, Europe, News & Analysis


The Western Balkans is an underserved region for Ryanair, Europe’s largest airline. It is only the tenth largest carrier, with Albania a key missing part of its network. This changes in W23, when Ryanair will finally begin serving Tirana, its third airport in the region. Launching the Albanian capital is seemingly partly because of the […]