TAV SAW THE FIRST SIGNS OF AIR TRAFFIC RECOVERY: For 11 months Skopje and Ohrid airports handled 1,3 million passengers

TAV SAW THE FIRST SIGNS OF AIR TRAFFIC RECOVERY: For 11 months Skopje and Ohrid airports handled 1,3 million passengers



Skopje International Airport and Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport handled 1,3 million (1.256.263) passengers for the 11 months of 2021, which is a 71% increase compared to the same period in 2020, showing the first signs of passenger traffic recovery, after the negative impact of Covid-19 to aviation sector. At the same time, January-November 2021, both Macedonian airports served 13.679 flights, which is an annual increase of 63% compared to 2020.

 

This year we saw the first solid signs of passenger traffic recovery at Skopje and Ohrid airports, after the negative impact Covid-19 caused to aviation sector since the start of the pandemic in 2020. The positive travelling trend, feed by passengers’ hunger for air travel and their enthusiasm to get back to the normal travelling they had before Covid-19, was especially felt in the summer months of 2021 when EU travel restrictions for Macedonian passport holders were temporarily lifted, to then be facilitated with vaccination certificates as a condition for touristic travels for most of the countries. Still, there are a lot of challenges ahead us, because the air traffic will continue to be highly dependable on the air travel restrictions by different countries, while airports, passengers and airlines will try to adapt to the frequent changes of rules based on different national health policies”, states Metin Batak, TAV Macedonia General Manager.  

 

  

 

Although the current trend is rising and both Macedonian airports had an increase in passengers number by 71% compared to 2020, the level of passenger traffic is still - 49% and the level of flights still -32%, compared to the figures achieved in the same period of 2019, considered as a referent year in aviation.

 

Batak emphasizes that the recovery of the Macedonian air traffic market, should move within the ACI’s forecast for the global air traffic movement, whose optimistic scenario projects that 2021 will be finished with -56% of the air traffic in 2019, while 2022 global air traffic will be on the level of -23%.

 

- “As a developing and a fast-growing market, as the Macedonian airports were before the crisis, we may rise back little bit faster than the developed EU aviation markets, since our traffic is mostly low-cost, while the developed EU markets base their traffic on legacy carriers. However, the fact that more than 70% of our total air traffic is concentrated on the European markets and their air travel rules for Macedonian citizens change very frequently, we are always in a state of alert, in order to be able to react and adapt quickly. The air traffic recovery speed will be prone to all new blows of the pandemic, especially as airports now brace the Omicron impact”, explains Batak.

 

TAV Macedonia air traffic statistics for the 11 months of 2021, shows that the most frequent destinations from Skopje International Airport are Istanbul (12%), Zurich (7,7%), Basel (7,3%) and Vienna (7,0%), while from Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport those are: Zurich (33,2%), Basel (21,7%), Memmingen (18,2%), Vienna (9,8%) and Dortmund (9,8%).

 

According to the current, winter flight schedule, there are 36 destinations from Skopje Airport, operated by 13 airlines and 7 destinations from Ohrid Airport operated by two airlines.

 

From the beginning of covid-19 pandemic, airlines make very frequent changes in their flight schedules, while countries also make very frequent changes in their air travel rules.

Therefore, TAV Macedonia always appeals to passengers to check the latest information regarding flights and the air travel conditions, with their airline and Embassy of the country they’re about to travel.
 

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.