Lufthansa’s lower-cost affiliate Eurowings will open its first Eastern Europe base, in the Kosovo capital of Pristina, from June 19.

Eurowings will base one Airbus A319 in Pristina, and plans to operate 60 weekly frequencies to destinations in Switzerland, as well as to Dusseldorf, Munich and Stuttgart (Germany).

Pristina will become the LCC’s 13th base.

Eurowings CEO Thorsten Dirks said the airline has already become Europe’s third largest point-to-point carrier with more than 40 million passengers. “We [are solidifying] this status with the expansion of our network toward Eastern Europe. The location of Pristina will play an important role in this [plan],” he said.

Eurowings operates 205 aircraft to 210 destinations in more than 50 countries.

Separately, the Lufthansa Group supervisory board has extended Dirks’ contract for another three years until the end of April 2023.

Kurt Hofmann, hofmann.aviation@netway.at