New flights to Geneva, twice a week on Tuesday and Saturday, will be launched starting April 4th, from Skopje International Airport operated by TAV Macedonia
The return flight from Skopje to Geneva is the new direct route that will be introduced as of tomorrow, April 4th, at Skopje International Airport resulting from the cooperation between TAV Macedonia and SWISS airlines.
In accordance with the new summer flight schedule, SWISS shall fly on the new destination to this Switzerland city, twice a week, on Tuesday and Saturday, making Geneva the third destination in this European country with whom Skopje Airport has connection by air, beside Zurich and Basel.
-Repeated connection by air of Skopje and Geneva, as the city renowned for its Geneva Lake and amazing nature but also as significant seat of many International institutions in the area of economy, finance and diplomacy, makes us happy, because in the same time we managed to open new route and to attract new airline - SWISS. The new route to Geneva is of interest for various categories of passengers and above all for Macedonia expatriates in Switzerland as well as for tourists and business communities of both countries – Zoran Krstevski, General Manager of TAV Macedonia, said.
The first SWISS aircraft from Skopje will depart to Geneva tomorrow evening at 20:35, and apart from Saturdays, Swiss airline during the summer shall operate from Alexander the Great to Geneva on Tuesday afternoon when departures from Skopje airport are scheduled for 15:05.
-We are constantly expanding our Geneva based network. Central and Eastern Europe has been our expansion focus, because we are convinced that this market region offers a lot of further potential. We see a great potential in the leisure sector, considering the natural beauties that Macedonia offers, just think of Lake Ohrid and the city of Skopje´s historical and cultural offers, pointed Bernard Wodl, Head of SWISS Austria and Central Eastern Europe.
He added that they are proud to offer two flights weekly Geneva-Skopje-Geneva, with which they hope to be able to serve different groups of passengers, as Swiss citizens with Macedonian origin, the tight-knit community of around 300 Swiss citizens who are currently living in Macedonia, Macedonians who travel to Switzerland to visit their relatives or to do business and of course Swiss people who travel for leisure to Macedonia.
TAV Macedonia informs that they will continue with the efforts to attract new airlines, to increase number of destinations, as well as the total volume of traffic at both airports- Alexander the Great – Skopje and St. Paul the Apostle - Ohrid. The company provided services to almost 1.3 million passengers in 2014, with a 20 percent increase a year earlier.
About TAV Airports
TAV Airports, one of the world’s leading airport operators, operates Istanbul Atatürk, Ankara Esenboğa, Izmir Adnan Menderes, Milas Bodrum and Alanya Gazipaşa airports in Turkey. Tbilisi and Batumi airports in Georgia, Monastir and Enfidha-Hammamet airports in Tunisia, Skopje and Ohrid airports in Macedonia, Madinah Airport in Saudi Arabia and Zagreb Airport in Croatia are also operated by TAV Airports. The Holding also provides service in other areas of airport operations including duty-free, food and beverage services, ground handling services, IT, security and operation services. Within the same context, TAV Airports also operates duty free, food and beverage and other commercial areas at Riga Airport in Latvia. Together with its subsidiaries, the Company provided services to approximately 743,000 flights and 95 million passengers in 2014.
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is the airline of Switzerland. Alongside its primary hub Zurich, Geneva is a key airport for SWISS, who has the second biggest market share at Geneva Cointrin Airport. From January to September 2014, SWISS carried 1.74 million passengers to and from Geneva and a total of over 15 million passengers within its network worldwide with a fleet of 90 aircrafts. As of summer flight time table, SWISS offers 39 non-stop destinations that can be reached from Geneva, with expanding tendency. Flight services to and from Skopje will take place twice per week. True to its Swiss roots, the company is dedicated to providing highest possible quality in its products and services. As part of Lufthansa Group and a member of Star Alliance, SWISS remains truthful to its vision in providing quality air services that link Switzerland with Europe and the rest of the world.