SKOPJE AIRPORT RECOGNIZED AS ACI WORLD’S VOICE OF THE CUSTOMER

SKOPJE AIRPORT RECOGNIZED AS ACI WORLD’S VOICE OF THE CUSTOMER


Skopje International Airport has received a new recognition by Airports Council International World called “The Voice of Customer”, which recognizes airports that demonstrated significant efforts in gathering passenger feedback through the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) programme to help them better understand their customers during the pandemic. 


“We are very happy that Airports Council International recognizes Skopje International Airport as one of 140 airports worldwide that continued hearing customer’s opinions, even in such tough times for airports caused by COVID-19 pandemic. In spite the difficult circumstances, struggling to survive, we’ve decided that customer satisfaction will remain one of our top priorities. Therefore, we continued with the engagement of our resources into performing the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Survey according to the given program and representative sample/quota by ACI, investing all our efforts to adapt the working processes in order to answer the changed business environment COVID-19 brought to airports. We really do believe in the importance of our customers’ opinions, because our goal are services tailored to meet passengers’ expectations.” states Metin Batak, TAV Macedonia General Manager.

According to the information by ACI, Skopje Airport is among 140 airports worldwide, and belongs to the group of 33 airports in the region of Europe that received this recognition; then there are 69 airports in Asia-Pacific region, 24 airports from North America, 6 airports from Africa, 5 airports from Latin America-Caribbean, and 3 airports from Middle East. 
  
“Congratulations! The Voice of the Customer recognition celebrates the commitment of airports that continued listening to passengers and adapting processes and procedures to meet changing expectations of customer experience in response to COVID-19. As our industry works towards recovery, airports that listen to – and prioritize the needs and expectations of – customers will be better-placed to respond. ACI’s ASQ programme gives airports the tools, objective measurement and benchmarking, for airports to gather information on the needs and expectations of customers and help drive their performance in response.”, said ACI World Director General Luis Felipe de Oliveira. 

COVID-19 pandemic caused a serious blow to aviation, which is the most negatively impacted economic sector worldwide. 

TAV Macedonia finished 2020 with a drop of passenger traffic by 71%. From 2.677.618 passengers in 2019, for the whole 2020, both Skopje International Airport and Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport had a total of 782.876 passengers. 

The biggest challenge for recovery of the passenger traffic, are the travel restrictions for Macedonian citizens introduced by EU/Schengen member states, where over 77% of the Macedonian air traffic is concentrated. 
 

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.