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 […]

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Europe’s big three (U)LCCs – easyJet, Ryanair and Wizz Air – continued to evolve their networks in 2023. In this analysis of Cirium schedules data Air Service One reveals which airports these carriers chose to serve for the first time this year, which airports have seen a resumption of services and identifies those airports that […]

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Ryanair introduced flights from Tirana to 17 destinations on Tuesday 31 October, marking its entry onto the Albanian market. 31 October: Bologna (daily) 31 October: Brussels CRL (6-weekly) 31 October: Bucharest (3-weekly) 31 October: Catania (daily) 31 October: Edinburgh (2-weekly) 31 October: Krakow (3-weekly) 31 October: London STN (2-daily) 31 October: Manchester (3-weekly) 31 October: […]

November 9, 2023 | Latest Route News +

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 […]


Located in the far north-east of Italy, close to the border with Slovenia, Trieste has an urban population of around 240,000 people. The airport serving the city has typically handled between 600,000 and 900,00 passengers per annum since 2001, peaking at just under 880,000 in 2012. In 2022, the airport welcomed almost 700,000 passengers, just […]