1,8 million passengers traveled through Skopje International Airport and Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport in the first 9 months of 2018, which is an annual increase of 18%, reports TAV Macedonia, the company operating the Macedonian Airports.
At the same time, from January until September 2018, the number of flights at both airports is 15.395, with an annual increase of 12%.
-We finished another busy summer season at both Skopje and Ohrid airports, and now we are ready for the winter season operations, that will start at the end of October with the new winter flight schedule. Summarizing the past months, it is important to note that after successfully finished discussions and negotiations, on 1st of June 2018, LOT Polish Airlines entered the Macedonian market, launching the new route Warsaw-Skopje, with a frequency of 6 flights weekly between the 2 capitals. At Ohrid Airport we opened 4 new seasonal flights – Istanbul, Eindhoven, Tallinn, and Warsaw, while as of November 2018 Vienna will be launched as a new destination and another year round route. We expect to continue with the same pace of double digit increase in passenger traffic until the end of 2018, which is higher than the official EU average of 4,8% (July 2018) and higher than the average passenger volumes growth of 6,8% at non-EU airports measured by ACI Europe, stated TAV Macedonia General Manager, Alper Ersoy.
Along with the route network development, as always TAV Macedonia is focused on improving the quality of services. According to this policy, a new food and beverage point in the check-in area – NeedStop was introduced at the beginning of June 2018, while the existing retail shops were reallocated in the check-in area, just next to the F&B point, in order to create a wider check-in area for the passengers, in order they have a comfortable time for their check-in.
-In August 2018, we have opened another novelty at Skopje Airport – Kids corner, located after passport control, near the Gates, thus adding entertainment content for our youngest passengers. Additionally, we will introduce a new type of self-check-in kiosks that will enable passengers to do their self check-in individually, without waiting on the line. Passengers will be able to get baggage tag from this machine and then finish their check-in procedure by dropping off their bag on a special counter in the check-in area, announces Ersoy.
According to passenger traffic statistics from January until September 2018, the most frequent destinations at Skopje International Airport are: Istanbul (both Ataturk and Sabiha Gokcen Airports; 10,8% market share), Zurich (7,8%), Vienna (5,7%), Basel (5,3%), Malmo (4,5%) and Bratislava (3,4%).
Regarding airline’s share in passenger traffic, Wizz Air transported the largest number of passengers with 60,3% market share, followed by Turkish Airlines (7,8%), Austrian Airlines (5,7%), Germania Flug (4,5%), Pegasus Airlines (3,7%), Croatia Airlines (3,4%).
The busiest day at Skopje International Airport in the first 9 months of 2018 in terms of passenger traffic was 29thof July with 8.796 passengers, while in terms of aircraft movements – 2nd of August with 76 flights.
Besides the continuous double digit growth in passenger’s traffic, TAV Macedonia notes remarkable annual increase in cargo traffic at Skopje International Airport in the first 9 months, which is 2676 tons, and it is higher by 22% compared to the same period in 2017.
Skopje International Airport is connected by 37 regular routes year round, operated by 12 airlines, and 4 charter destinations (summer season) operated by 6 airlines. Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport has 3 regular routes year round and 8 seasonal destinations, all operated by 12 airlines.