TAV Macedonia: Runway rehabilitation of Skopje Airport starts on 28th March, it’ll be completed in 50 days without closing the airport and with minimal impact on air traffic

TAV Macedonia: Runway rehabilitation of Skopje Airport starts on 28th March, it’ll be completed in 50 days without closing the airport and with minimal impact on air traffic

As TAV Macedonia has already announced in early November 2021, as part of the investment plan for expansion and renovation of Macedonian airports, starting from March 28th until May 16th this 2022, in a time period of 50 days, the company will rehabilitate the runway of Skopje International Airport.

For this purpose, the air traffic at Skopje International Airport, in this time period, will take place from 17h in the afternoon until 9h in the morning, each day.

 

Planned in consultation with all stakeholders, the rehabilitation works will be completed without closing the airport and with minimal impact on air traffic.

 

-“Rehabilitation of the runway means that we will practically renovate the upper layer of the asphalt of the runway and, as a result, during this period, between 9:00h and 17:00h, from March 28 until May 16, 2022, there will be construction works on the runway. Each day, in the noted hours and time period, we will rehabilitate one part of the total length of the runway, in order for the airport to remain operational, i.e. so we can normally handle flights during the remainder of the day, from 17:00 until 9:00h. I would like to emphasize the following - Skopje Airport will not be closed during the rehabilitation of the runway. The airport will be open for passengers 24/7, as it is always. As the whole time during covid pandemic, we advise passengers to arrive at the airport 3-4 hours prior the scheduled departure of their flight, prepared with the required covid related travel documentation, in consultation with their airline and the Embassy of the foreign country they are about to visit”, says TAV Macedonia General Manager, Metin Batak.

He explains that TAV Macedonia has made the decision for rehabilitation of the runway of Skopje Airport in consultation with all airlines that fly from Skopje Airport, as well as other stakeholders, such as the Ministry for Transport and Communications, the Civil Aviation Agency, M-NAV, as well as all service providers.

 

TAV’s aim is to complete the rehabilitation works with minimal impact on traffic.

 

As TAV Macedonia officials explain, when airports do these kinds of rehabilitations or renovations on the runway, there are two options – either to completely close the airport for flights, for a certain period of time, while the construction works are ongoing, either to follow a model in which the construction works will be happening every day, in a predefined time/hours of the day, while in the rest of the day the air traffic will function normally. We’ve chosen the second option, although it may be harder for us, but we wanted to maintain uninterrupted air traffic for our clients – airlines and passengers.

 

-“I would like to thank to airlines and all government institutions for their close collaboration for the planning and keeping the disruption at a minimum. We are continuously working together with them, in order to establish Skopje International Airport as the best airport in the region in terms of service quality and these investments contribute to the long-term development of the airport and the Macedonian air traffic”, emphasizes Batak.

Skopje Airport runway is long 2.950 meters and wide 45 meters. The last deeper renovation of Skopje Airport runway happened in 1996, when the construction works were done deeper in the asphalt than it will be done now, i.e. now only the upper surface will be rehabilitated. At that time, Skopje Airport was closed for 2,5 months, while the whole air traffic was transferred to Ohrid Airport.

TAV Macedonia advises passengers to regularly follow and check their airline’s web page, in order to see the latest updates on the flights schedule for their desired destination from Skopje International Airport in the period from 28th March until 16th May 2022.

Flights’ section (Arrivals/Departures) at Skopje International Airport web page updates in real time, as TAV Macedonia receives the information for changes in the flight schedules of airlines.
 

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.