1,2 MILLION PASSENGERS AT SKOPJE AND OHRID AIRPORTS IN THE 1ST HALF OF 2019

1,2 MILLION PASSENGERS AT SKOPJE AND OHRID AIRPORTS IN THE 1ST HALF OF 2019

Alper Ersoy

Through Skopje International Airport and Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport in the first 6 months of 2019 traveled 1,2 million (1.163.667) passengers, which is an increase of 12% compared to the same period of 2018, reports TAV Macedonia, the airport operator.

At the same time, the total number of flights at both Macedonian airports is 9.792 with 8% annual increase.

- We are happy to announce that the double digit increase rate of passenger’s number at both Macedonian airports continues in the first half of 2019 as well, and that it is higher than the EU average of 5,9%. We expect the passenger growth to keep the same pace, and to be even higher in third and the fourth quarter of the year, due to the opening of the 4 new destinations from Skopje Airport: Baden-Baden and Bremen opened in March, Larnaca and Turku to be opened at the end of July, and the 6 new destinations from Ohrid Airport: Malmo and Milan, opened in March,   Dusseldorf and Stuttgart opened last week, and Memmingen and Dortmund to be opened at the end of July. The Macedonian airports are “blossoming“, it became among the fastest growing airports on the Balkans and in Europe, and we are glad that it is recognized by the citizens of the neighboring countries, who use it regularly for their travels. We will continue to work on its development, with an aim to transform it into main regional air traffic hubs, stated Alper Ersoy, TAV Macedonia General Manager.

Skopje International Airport currently serves 42 destinations, from which 33 are low cost, operated by 13 airlines, while Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport serves 20 destinations, from which - 8 are regular routes through the whole year and low cost at the same time, operated by 13 airlines. 

Detailed information on 2019 Skopje Airport summer flights’ timetable, is available on Skopje Airport’ web-page, on the following link:  https://urlzs.com/htrn4, while detailed information on 2019 Ohrid Airport flight’s timetable is available on Ohrid Airport’ web page, on the following link:  https://bit.ly/2LGOsB9

According to passenger traffic, from January until June 2019, Istanbul (both Istanbul and Sabiha Gokcen) is the most frequent destination at Skopje International Airport with 10,1% market share, followed by Zurich (6,9%), Basel (5,4%), Vienna (5,4%), Malmo (4,3%), Bratislava (3,4%).

Regarding airline’s share in passenger traffic, Wizz Air transported the largest number of passengers in the first 6 months, with 65,1% market share, followed by Turkish Airlines with 7,0% market share, Austrian Airlines (5,3%), Germania Flug (4,2%), Pegasus Airlines ((3,4%), Croatia Airlines (2,9%).
The cargo traffic at Skopje International Airport also has a big annual increase of 31,7%, reaching 1.960.388 kg total cargo traffic, in the period January-June 2019.
Reviewing the air traffic statistics separately, Skopje Airport handled 1.059.223 passengers with 8,5% increase, while Ohrid Airport - 104.444 and 62,9% annual increase, in the first half of the year.
Following the route network development, both Macedonian airports received recognitions by the world’s most respectable aviation association – Airports Council International (ACI).
Skopje International Airport in March this won the Airport Service Quality Award (ASQ) for the 4th time, as the Best Airport in Europe in the category of airports with under 2 million passengers annually for 2018, after the same award received for 2012, 2013 and 2015, by ACI.
At the same time, Airports Council International (ACI) ranked Ohrid Airport as one of the top 3 airports in Europe, according to highest passenger’s growth rate in the first quarter of 2019, which was is 63,9%.

Covid19: Travel Safe

TAV Macedonia, as an airport operator, acts in accordance with the state institutions in the countries where passengers travel, the airports border authorities and the rules and regulations of the airlines. 
For travel document information and requirements by the country you want to arrive in and / or COVID tests requirements, please contact the Embassy of that country as well as the airline you will be traveling with. 
 

 - It is not mandatory for passengers to wear a face protective mask inside the terminal building of the airport, as of 3.5.2022, as per the changes and amendments in Covid-19 measures adopted by the Government of North Macedonia https://vlada.mk/node/28642. According to these changes, there is no obligation for citizens to wear a face protective mask in all closed areas, except in health institutions, pharmacies, public transportation (bus, railway, airplane, and taxi) and in institutions for care of old persons and persons with disability. Regarding the flight rules, passengers should follow the requirements of the airline with which they travel.


- Despite the existence of the online registration option, due to the new Covid-19 restrictions, passengers are obliged, upon their arrival at the airport, to register at the check-in counters, to check and verify the documents required to enter the country in which they travel, as well as to check-in their luggage.
 

-    Passengers will need to follow the instructions of security agents in a disciplined manner, and there, as in all procedures where queues are expected, it will be necessary to keep a physical distance of at least 1.5 meter.

Entering the terminal building of Skopje International Аirport is allowed without limitations/requirements connected to covid-19, as of 3rd May 2022 when the Government of N.Macedonia adopted the Decision (https://vlada.mk/node/28642) for lifting all covid-19 related protective measures except for wearing protective masks in certain institutions.

 

Due to the fact that covid-19 related requirements for different travel documents are still valid by certain countries, and which must be checked by our staff at the Check-In counters, please be informed that we strongly recommend to our passengers to arrive at the airport 3 hours before the scheduled flight.

In case you would like to perform a covid-19 test at one of the facilities by the two laboratories at the airport, please arrive at the airport earlier than 3 hours according to the required time for delivery of the test, that you should check with the adequate laboratory.

- Business and VIP lounge areas are cleaned and disinfected as prescribed by public health authorities with increased frequency based on the air traffic.

- There are available multiple self-hand sanitizers, alcohol-based with adequate signage for passengers.

- There is a self-service option with purpose all passengers to have limited contact with staff.

- Frequent disinfection of products that are often in contact with staff and passengers

- The tables are cleaned / disinfected after their use.

- Plexiglas separator has been fixed in order to avoid the contact between cashier and guests.

- At each table there are alcoholic disinfectants for hands

- Тrays and plates will be removed from common areas, they’ll be given to guests by the service staff.

-  Disposable packed products are used instead of products such as salt, sugar, napkins etc.

- All the used equipment in the duty free that comes in contact with the customers, shall be disinfected frequently.

- Guiding signs for the prescribed physical distancing (1.5m) in the shop area for all present persons are placed.

- We encourage customers to use only contactless credit or debit card.

- Entrance is free for everyone. There is a Big Alcohol Based disinfectant liquid machine on the main entrance of the shop

-    Passengers should arrive at the airport at least 3 hours before their flight, as check-in counters close at least 1 hour before departure time. This means that passengers must have completed the check-in procedures at least 1 hour before take-off, and then the Passport Control and Security Checking procedures, in order to arrive on time in the boarding area, i.e., at the Gates. 

Given the fact that TAV Macedonia as an airport operator is not responsible for determining and setting the rules for entry/exit into/from the country, as it is responsibility of the Border Police, which has the authority of Passport Control at airports, we would kindly ask you to contact the Ministry of Internal Affairs of R.N. Macedonia https://mvr.gov.mk/default , as well as to the Ministry of Health http://zdravstvo.gov.mk/  and the Government https://vlada.mk/ , where it is decided for these rules related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

-    You can make COVID-19 tests prior your departure at both airports through laboratories Zan Mitrev and Nikob Lab. More information available on the links below:

Skopje International Airport
https://zmc.mk/en/covid19/skopje-ohrid-airport-covid-19-testing-point/  

https://nikoblab.mk/ 



 
Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport:
https://zmc.mk/en/covid19/skopje-ohrid-airport-covid-19-testing-point/   

http://ohd.airports.com.mk/mk-MK/media-centre-mk/announcements-mk/page/announcement-covid-testing-airport-ohrid-mk  

 

-    We regularly and timely apply all measures of the Government and the Ministry of Health, as competent state institutions. Of course, we also follow the experiences of other airports around the world and the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO), the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Airports Council (ACI) and the International the Air Transport Association (IATA), all in order to take appropriate action in a timely manner as conditions change in this global pandemic.