TAV: Russian Nordwind opened a second route from Skopje, as of today regular flights to St.Petersburg

TAV: Russian Nordwind opened a second route from Skopje, as of today regular flights to St.Petersburg

TAV Macedonia, this afternoon, at 13:35h, welcomed the 1st arriving flight from St.Petersburg’ Pulkovo Airport to Skopje International Airport, by the Russian airline Nordwind, marking the launch of this new air travel route.

As of today, 21st September 2021, Nordwind will fly from St.Petersburg to Skopje, once weekly, each Tuesday, with arrival time at Skopje International Airport - 13:35h and departure time for Pulkovo Airport in St.Petersburg - 14:40h. The duration of the flight between the two cities is 3 hours and 25 minutes.

 

According to the announced flight schedule of the airline, these timings are set until the end of October, when the summer flight season ends. As of 2nd November Nordwind will continue to fly from St.Petersburg to Skopje on Tuesdays, with arrival time at Skopje Airport - 15:45h and departure time to Pulkovo Airport - 16:45h.

 

St.Petersburg is the second destination in Russia that Nordwind introduces from Skopje International Airport, after the route Moscow-Skopje that was launched in June this year. The new air connection to St.Peterburg will be established for first time in the history of Macedonian airports. From now on, Skopje is connected by air to St.Peterburg, thankfully to Nordwind. We are very happy for their interest to develop the air travel between North Macedonia and the Russian Federation. As TAV, we truly believe that the Macedonian travelers will grasp the opportunity to discover the historical and the cultural heritage of this beautiful port on the Baltic Sea, the former imperial capital beautifully described in the Russian literature. At the same time, St.Petersburg’ citizens will have the opportunity to fly to Skopje in just 3 hours and enjoy in the beauties of Macedonia and the neighboring region”, stated Metin Batak, TAV Macedonia General Manager.    

 

Detailed information about reservation and booking of flight tickets on Nordwind web page: https://nordwindairlines.ru/ru, where passengers can use additional services for a comfortable flight, such as choosing a seat on board, choosing a meal, take additional baggage, an additional seat nearby, as well as other online services.

“We are as Nordwind Airlines proud to become the first airline connecting 2 capitals with a direct flight; the cultural capital of Russia – St. Petersburg and the beautiful city of Skopje.

We are starting to operate on Tuesdays with one weekly flight with a very comfortable schedule.  As being one of the leading airline companies in Russia with a yearly passenger number of 8 million and a fleet of 60 aircrafts, Nordwind Airlines is offering passengers not only the chance of exploring the amazing history, architecture, nature, exhibitions and so many other attractions of St. Petersburg. We also want to thank TAV Macedonia for their efficient cooperation and warm welcome. Once again, we would like to thank all of you for being here and offer you to visit our beautiful city, St. Petersburg”, stated Ibrahim Yildiz, Director of Revenue Management Nordwind Airlines.

Only 3,5 months ago, on 4th June 2021, Nordwind Airlines launched the flights from Skopje International Airport to Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport, establishing a new regular direct route between the two capitals, after 20 years of pause.

Nordwind is one of the largest airlines in Russia in terms of passenger turnover and has one of the most developed route networks of scheduled flights in the country. The base airport of Nordwind is Sheremetyevo International Airport. With flexible airfares, convenient flight schedules and loyalty program bonuses, a flight with Nordwind will be a successful start of a trip for business passengers and those who want to enjoy their planned vacation.

TAV Macedonia finished the first 8 months of 2021 with a total of 849 thousand passengers at both Macedonian airports – Skopje International Airport and Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport, which is a 52% annual drop compared to January-August in 2019 and 48% annual increase compared to the period January-August 2020, when airports were most severely affected by Covid-19 crisis.

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.